Thursday, January 16, 2014


Beloved. Be.Loved.

Such a simple idea, but sometimes so hard to grasp.  So hard to own.
'Psalm 34:18 (Clouded Heart)' photo (c) 2010, Leland Francisco - license:
How many times in His Word does God tell us that He loves us?  (I don't know the answer, but I know it's more than a few.)  So why is it so difficult for us to accept?

For me, part of it is knowing just how imperfect I am.  How many people have walked away when they discovered that I didn't fit their molds?  This is why a real friend is such a treasure.  My friend Meri has known me for about 35 years.  She has listened to me cry and stood with me when no one else did.  She has spoken the truth in love when I kept arguing, "Yeah, but ...."

So it is with the Lord.  He surely knows that I am imperfect, yet He loves me anyway?  Not only that, but He loves me even more than Meri does (or my husband or anyone else).  Sometimes I confess to Him that I just don't understand it, but He never wavers.  He simply loves.

He loves me!  The one who is nowhere near having it all together.  The one who would, given the chance, change almost everything about herself.  The one who still tells herself, "You're not good enough."  The one who is so thankful for grace that she gets overwhelmed and teary just thinking about it.

He loves me.  He loves you, too.  All we have to do is accept it and Be.Loved.


  1. Melissa, I love how you word this as Be.Loved. Such a simple idea, yet so hard to grasp, to own. I, too, am taunted by that miserable "I'm not good enough." We'll have to keep reminding each other to focus on the TRUTH (as you lovingly encouraged me at my site). In Jesus, we are enough!

  2. Yes, yes! He does, he loves you.
    To reflect on his perfect love, to bask in it, this is what I need to do each and every day.
    Thank you for writing truth. I'm so glad you have a real friend in Meri.
    Coming over from the Faith Jam, good to meet you.

  3. reminded of David here, when he said "Who is man that You are mindful of him?"
    hard to comprehend and receive, but His love does not fail

  4. such a great post...
    We all need to remember that we ARE LOVED


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