I'm joining Holley Gerth on her website today. Each Wednesday we follow a writing prompt to encourage each other. I love encouraging others. This week our writing prompt was “What are the encouraging words you want to hear when you’re having a hard day?”
I recently went went through a step by step process that took me through some specific events from my childhood. To some, my childhood was fine. I had two parents who stayed married even through tough times and we always had enough. But emotionally, there was a lot of dysfunction. That dysfunction led me to believe I had to earn people's love, including God's.
Fast forward to adulthood and this "people pleaser" was burnt out and felt no love at all. When I was having a rough day I would turn to my husband and tell him "I love you" in hopes I could hear those words back. He always did. He's such a kind-hearted person. And as much as that would help me feel better there was still an emptiness in me.
Oh, His sweet grace found me some how and showed me love. His Love.
So friend, if you are having a hard day today, let me encourage you by telling you how much you are loved. You are loved by a God who created you for the specific purpose of loving you. And he wants to do that!
This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us.. John 1:9-10
So if you are having a bad day please know this, you are loved.