“We Want … To Be Loved” 

The Pour Out:

Pour it ALL out to God. Take a moment to clear the clutter, by letting go of all those wandering thoughts (the grocery list or to do list items that won’t stop distracting you) … AND … your prayer needs and concerns.)

The Beans:

The Background:

John wrote the letter of 1 John to encourage young Christians. He wanted them to be assured of the forgiveness we receive through the death of Jesus, and of the eternal life we’re given through Him as well.

The Verse:

1 John 4:19

“We love because he first loved us.

The Fill:

What’s the point for YOU?:

  • What word or phrase from the verse above popped out to you?

Read the verse a second time and ask yourself:

  • What could this word or phrase be speaking to in your life? (What situation, struggle, relationship, or decision)

The Steam:

What does all of this mean to me/how can I apply that to my life today?

Think back to the time where you felt the most loved or cherished that you’ve ever felt in your entire life?

Was it a Birthday or anniversary? Your wedding day? The birth of a child?

Stop a second to think about that time, and how you felt.

Now … do you still feel that full of love? Do you still feel that cherished and special right now?

No … Huh? Why not? I mean it was the best it’s going to get, why wasn’t that enough to keep your love tank full?

Well …

It’s because regardless of how grand, how amazing or spectacular any gesture, gift, or relationship can possibly be here on earth … it is never enough to fully satisfy you all the days of your life.

Because even when your friends, family or spouse love you the absolute best they know how, they are still flawed humans.

Your husband is inevitably going to forget an anniversary, or say something that hurts your feelings.

Friends are going to fail to invite you to something, and leave you feeling crushed.

Your parents are going to mess up and do things that leave you hurt and broken.

And even those precious children … they will never ever be able to fully live up to every single hope and expectation.

And while I know that is depressing, hang on … there is good news.

You see, love didn’t not originate from us, from human-beings.

Love is from God. Love comes from Him, and His perfect love is available to you, freely, every single moment of every single day.

NOW WAIT! I know what you’re thinking (even if you don’t.)

In our culture, we have a “I’ll scratch your back, if you scratch mine,” mentality.

We’re told (and rightfully so) that relationships have to be 50/50 in order from them to actually work.

And while this may very well work for human relationships, this mentality can’t be applied to God or our relationship with Him … it does NOT work that way.

We have this idea in our heads that if we aren’t holding up our end of the relationship with God, (going to church every single Sunday, never cussing, never getting angry or losing our temper,) … then we can’t receive His full love.

And y’all, THAT. IS. NOT. TRUE.

God’s love is perfect, and it is not dependent upon us. No matter how many times you screw it up, no matter how much you doubt, no matter how long it’s been since you’ve spent time with Him … His love for you is endless, perfect, and deeper than anything you’ve ever felt.

So girlfriend, His invitation to you today is simple … “Come and accept my love.”

Your Task for Today:

Ask God to show you how He feels about you. Get quiet, get somewhere alone and earnestly pray, asking Him to reveal what He truly thinks about you.

Ask Him to remind you of this truth, as He fills your heart, each and every day.

But then, sweet friend, remember to check back in and seek that love. Every day, come back to the source that will keep pouring it out.

The Transition:

Transitioning from quiet time back into real life can be tricky. We want to take the lesson we’ve just learned, and the peaceful feeling we now have, with us throughout the rest of our day.

Blessings:

List “small” blessings from the past 24 hours.

List small things, because when you only list the big things – you only SEE the big things. Thinking back on a few small blessings each day, helps us develop a habit of actually looking for God in our day to day realities. And if you’re writing them down, then you’ll have hard proof that God truly is always with you.

*This could be anything. A few examples are: “you were blessed with a hug from your child, the weather was especially warm and delightful, or a smile from a stranger on the street.

Affirmations:

List positive affirmations about yourself/life:

Take whatever was laid on your heart and write it in the form of an affirmation:

If you simply felt peaceful today, write, “I WILL remain peaceful today.”

If you are still trying to understand a certain message, write, “I WILL keep searching and remember that God WILL reveal His answer to me.”

Or list, “I AM worth it.” “God DOES love me.” “I WILL make that change.”

**Now go about your day, peaceful and affirmed.**