God is…unconditional

God so loved the WORLD (and each one living on it) that He gave up His only Son, Jesus, to die for ALL their wrongs & mistakes and make them whole again. Anyone who believes in Jesus & accepts this love giving gift will become His Beloved, forever.

John 3:16 (paraphrase mine)

Your name’s  included.

The truth we try to talk ourselves out of when we think what we did was so terrible, God must have made an exception and excluded us.

Not so, Beloved.

Each person ever’s name is on His love list.

His love is unconditionally offered.

No strings attached.

It just needs to be received.

What good is an engagement ring left in its box in your dresser drawer, never opened.

It would hard to know your fiance loves you if he left your ring to be randomly discovered whenever.

God isn’t like that at all.

His love unconditionally pursues each and every one of us, all of our days.


He takes in the tax collectors, fishermen, rabbi rejects, accountants with hidden agendas, murderers, stutterers, foreigners, prostitutes…those who all have brokenness & great need of Him.

He accepts what they have to bring.


When Mary sister of Martha came & broke the expensive jar of exquisite perfume and anointed Jesus’ feet with it, mixed with her tears? She offered her best to honor the One who not only saved her brother from the grave, but was headed to the cross to take all our sin upon Himself, without condition. 

She understood what all those who sat at that same table missed…

Unconditional love deserves unswerving love, offering & devotion in return.

Today, soak in the knowledge that you are included in His plans for this world. Your name is written in His hands, upon His heart and unconditional love glows in His eyes as He looks at you. May you never lose sight of this truth the rest of your days.


for given all, forgive all


As His children, we are to be known for how we extend forgiveness.

Not because the other person deserves it.

Because you and I both know, there is no such person, for we ALL fall short of His standards. don’t we?

We are to forgive because we know the value of it.

For we are the forgiven.

Forgiveness is the gift God gave for us, and to us, because of Jesus.

Because we could not approach Him due to our filth, He made the way by both cleaning us & covering us. As if that weren’t enough, He specifically purposefully intentionally forgives us out of His great love.

We are to forgive because we are now Him to those around us.

We are to offer what we have gratefully received, for we know how freeing it was to be made clean and forgiven our wrongs

We are to extend this gift to those who hurt us, to show we want to obey and honor our God. To show we get it, this incredible gift of forgiveness.

He asks us to forgive.

And because we want to honor Him, for who He is & all He has done for us, we should.

Doesn’t mean it will be easy.

I have no doubt the walk to the cross weighed quite heavily on Jesus.

But because of love, He continued.

Because of His love, and our love for Him, may we forgive as He prompts us, each and every time.

May we be so known as for givers that people will question us as to why, & can meet the Forgiver.

For He gave His all, for us all.
And asks us to do the same as we follow His lead.