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Monday, April 30, 2012

Oh, How He Loves Us!

I'm always amazed when the Heavenly Father gets involved in the nitty gritty details of my life. I don't know why...in my head I KNOW and truly BELIEVE that He is a relational God who is all about having a personal relationship with each of His children...it's just that there are days when I can't imagine Him really having the time for little ole me. And yes, I KNOW in my head that that statement right there is a lie whispered to me by the enemy but some days he's just so convincing. Anyone else ever have days like that?

Well, on the off chance that one of you *might* be having a day like that today I wanted to share with you a letter I wrote to a dear friend a while back. In the letter you'll see that I was having "A MOMENT", but the best thing you'll see is how my dear Abba reached down and spoke my love language to me at JUST the right time. I hope it encourages you and brings to mind those times when He has done the same for you.

**DISCLAIMER**
I've changed the names in the letter to spare any embarrassment; this particular friend of mine is one of the humblest ladies I know and she would DIE to see her name on the internet.


March 1, 2012
Dear Friend –
I had to just drop everything I was doing and write this note to you before it slipped my mind. What just happened to me is just that good; and as you had such a part to play in it here goes…
I’ve been having a “not so good day”. One of those “I’m feeling very under-appreciated by everyone in my family” days…but especially by my husband and had, in fact, just gotten off the phone with him going into great detail about how I was feeling. I’ll spare you the nitty-gritty details but suffice it to say I wasn’t feeling very good about myself, my marriage, my life in general when I hung up the phone. A real rip-roaring pity party!
Within minutes of hanging up the phone I spied out of the corner of my eye the beautiful turquoise bag you and  (deleted name) gifted me and I realized that I had never unpacked all my goodies. (I confess this part to you hesitantly at first, because it makes me seem very ungrateful that here it is THURSDAY and I hadn’t even unpacked everything yet. However, as the story unfolds you will see it was VERY much a Yah-thing.)
So anyway, I brought the bag over to the couch and very leisurely started unpacking the goodies, taking my time to smell everything  and even applying some of the delicious lavender hand lotion when all of the sudden I spied the two cards at the bottom of the bag and it HIT ME! I never opened the cards when I got home on Saturday! If you could have only seen my face at that very moment…what had just before been a face of, I’m sure, downcast sadness, suddenly turned into joyful glee that I had two cards from such dear sisters waiting to be opened. And because of WHO they were from, I knew I would not be disappointed in the deliciousness of what I was about to read. (Seriously, I get that excited when I get a card in the mail with your return address on it. I just KNOW I’ll walk a little lighter and stand up a bit straighter after reading whatever is inside.)
 Before even being able to rip them open the thought dropped on me that Abba loves me! HE KNEW that on Thursday afternoon, around 4:30 PM I would be despairing a bit and totally planned it so I would not read those cards until JUST NOW! HE AMAZES ME! His mercy and His goodness…His tenderness in knowing JUST what would make me feel His love. And the fact that He does it over and over through you and your cards/words to me. (Dear Friend), you hold a place in my heart that is bigger than I can describe with the written word. Your commitment to being my friend, my encourager, my prayer warrior, my sister…it speaks Abba’s love to me in ways that can’t be described in this world with our human language. One day, dear one, we will have a language that will adequately describe what I’m feeling right now…thank you for being obedient to Him and in doing so giving me a glimpse of what we have to look forward to!
So, anyway, I’m totally ready to pick myself up, dust myself off and keep right on serving my family with a servant’s heart (instead of the “why do I do everything around here with nothing in return” heart that I had about 30 minutes ago!).

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