Just like you, I need to be reminded regularly how much I am loved.
And just like you, I have come to realize that I can’t always have my needs met by those around me.
I fall into the mindset at times where I expect my loved ones to ‘just know’ when i need to hear I am loved, without needing to tell them.
I don’t think I am alone, for I believe we have all been hardwired to need affirmation, love and appreciation.
But we are not always prepared to dig in and seek them from their Source.
The best way to receive love?
From its Source.
But going to the source isn’t enough. God IS more than enough, but love takes effort on our parts.
We need to:
Soar with it.
Encourage it to grow.
Never take it for granted.
Fight for it.
There are three main ways to receive God’s love.
1. From God, Love Himself.
Through prayer, spending time in His Presence, listening & resting in Him, He reveals His love to us – in as many ways as there are possible depending on the recipient!
Take some time daily, and go to your favorite place to connect with God. It may be your fave chair, room in your home, pathway or in your car during your travels to and fro. He will be found no matter where you go to seek Him! Just as you feel closer to your loved ones after time with them, make sure to date God regularly if you want love to grow & flow between you.
2. His Word.
This tangible touch of His love is written for all to be able to know this Love. For His love story began before Creation as a whisper in God’s heart, and will last forever as we love our way through eternity together.
Take a walk through the Word, and look for all the ways He showed love and made promises to those who draw near to Him. Write them down, highlight them. Leave a track record for you to remember & return to when you need another reminder of His love.
3. His children.
Through the love of other people, and the love they have found through God that they have recorded in word, art & song. Sometimes a piece of music, artwork or writing strikes the right chord within us, and opens our hearts to His love in a new way. And that child of God was just expressing His love for them, and their love for Him….and the overflow can remind the viewer, reader & hearer.
Pull out a source you have that reminds you how much He loves you. It may be your old photo albums, remembering how He has been with you every step along your journey. It may be a painting that speaks to your heart. It may be a book that sketches with words His wooing love for those who wander looking for Home.
For me, time with God involves seeking Him through His Word. Digging deep, wrestling with who I am and who He longs for me to be. Listening & chatting with Him, sensing and waiting in the quiet place where we gather. Worshipping through the Psalms, worship & music cds and singing a new song when it rises up out of me.
God is calling “I love you, come Home” to His bride, for deep love is constantly calling out for the one He loves.
There are a few songs recently that have been like arrows into my heart I would like to link in below for you to hear.
May His love for you echo loudly through the words, melodies and harmonies as you listen.
May you know where you belong, and who has Your heart, forever.
I Belong to You, Derek Johnson
Love Came Down, Kari Jobe
Yours Forever, Darlene Zschech
You Don’t Miss a Thing, Amanda Cook