“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 NIV”
When I’m afraid to face the day, all I need to know is that Jesus loves me. He promised to never leave nor forsake me. When I’m broke and bills are due, all I need to know is that Jesus loves me. He said that he knows what I need before I ask and he will provide. When I’m confused, all I need to know is that Jesus loves me. He said that he will instruct and teach me in the way I should go. He gives his wisdom freely. When I’m under attack, all I need to know is that Jesus loves me. He said that he will command his angels to guard me in all my ways. When my heart is broken, all I need to know is that Jesus loves me. He sent his Holy Spirit to comfort me. He promised me peace and joy. When I’m sick, all I need to know is that Jesus loves me. He said that by his stripes I’m healed. When I fall, all I need to know is that Jesus loves me. His hand is always there to lift me up.
Jesus loves me, his Word tells me so. He gave his life for me. Jesus loves you too.
“For great is your love toward me; you have delivered me for the depths of the grave.” Psalm 86:13 NIV
“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit–fruit that will last.” John 15:16 NIV
Even when they said my skin wasn’t light enough, my hair wasn’t long enough and my face wasn’t pretty enough. Even when they said my clothes weren’t expensive enough. Even when they said I wasn’t skinny enough. Even though they said I was crazy. Even when they said I was worthless. Even when they laughed at me when I dared to expose my dreams. I was still His.
Even when I tried to ignore His voice. Even when I thought I could do things on my own. Even when I fell. Even when I searched for something better. Even when my pride took over. I was still His.
Even when I’m scared. Even when I feel outnumbered and overwhelmed. Even when I’m mistreated. Even when I’m wrong. Even when I’m in pain. Even when I’m in doubt. I’m still His.
There’s no more denying the truth. There’s no point in running from His call. I was His before I came into existence and I will always be His. I might as well accept His grace and mercy. I might as well accept His wisdom. I might as well accept His pure, unconditional love. I might as well get used to being blessed because I belong to Him, God Almighty.
“My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” Psalm 139: 15-16 NIV
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like the shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of all he created.” James 1:17-18 NIV
All the glory goes to you, Lord. You are worthy to be praised. You’re worthy for who you are, which is holy and righteous. You are almighty, yet still full of mercy and grace. In my darkest hour, you are with me. You are patient, kind and gentle.
I praise you for your blessings. I praise you for your love. I praise you for your instruction and wisdom. I praise you for your healing. I praise you for your comfort when my heart is broken. I praise you for your encouragement.
Thank you, Lord, for your protection. Thank you for taking care of my family. Thank you for listening to me every single time I come to you. Thank you for doing everything that you have promised.
Sometimes, I get caught up in the chaos of this world and I don’t take the time to thank you like I should, to praise you like you deserve. I forget that my success, my blessings and my gifts are not of my own doing. I’m here because of you. I triumph because of you. I’m a blessing to others because of you. All the glory goes to you, Lord.
“Let the name of the Lord be praised, both now and forevermore. From the rising of the sun to the place it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised.” Psalms 113: 2-3 NIV