It's oh so true... you are loved!
I know there can be days when we don't feel loved or loveable... and there can be days when we might not love or even like ourselves... but feelings lie and we know it. So don't listen to them... listen to God whisper to your heart right now... you are loved! Because that's the Truth!
Sometimes listening to the lies can be so easy. Oftentimes it's because some of us have been programmed by our past to believe things about ourselves that just aren't true and we become trapped by the recordings that play over and over in our brains. The only way to break that cycle is to replace the lies with the Truth of who God is... what He says about who we are... and the promises He's made to us and for our futures. When I'm feeling unloved or unloveable... one of my favorite verses to draw my heart away from harrassing thoughts and back to the goodness of God is Jeremiah 31:3...
I have drawn you with unfailing kindness."
And He still does! It was God's Word that transformed my life from the first day we met... the Truth that He loved me unconditionally with a Father's love. It was the first time I had ever known or experienced unconditional love and was life-changing! And that Truth continues to mold and shape me even today. God's Truth is my Strength and Shield against the lies... and my Strong Deliverer when I've let them creep back in. I can only hope He is the same for you.
And speaking of the future and all that is possible for us in the Lord...
I finally was able to get the Butterfly scanned in and just listed it in Etsy.
You can find it there ready to pop into either a standard size 8x10 or 11x14
frame! My hope is that this butterfly art will encourage you to keep your eyes
on Jesus with whom all things are possible... and spread your wings and fly
into the future God has for you with faith!
And speaking of faith... I shared this oldie but goodie over on FaceBook a
few days ago. I was thinking about how butterflies have been in so many
of my paintings including this one... only this verse isn't about soaring with
the wind beneath your wings... or flying high in the sky of expectations...
but this one is about abiding... resting... dwelling. It's about allowing faith,
hope and love to so settle into the depths of our hearts so much so that it is
the catalyst for all we do... including the ocassional spreading of the wings!
Until next week my friends... Love and God-hugs.