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 IMG_1101that 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.

But.....God's grace....

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.


Hi friend.  Did you know your were created by love and for love?  That’s right.  God created you to love you.  After God created the world he said it was good.  In fact, after he created each thing in this world he said it was good.  But when he created man he said it was very good!

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27 (NIV) 
 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning–the sixth day. Genesis 1:31 (NIV)

God wants so much to have a relationship with you and to love you.

And I could write a whole bunch of words right here about how much God wants you, but he’s told you right in his word.  That’s right.  The Bible is full of his words, love letters just for you.

 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 and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.  Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.                             1 John 4:9-11 (NIV)

He didn’t even wait for us to get our “act” straight either.  He loves you and me just as we are right now.  And, well, if you could see me right now……. lets just say it isn’t pretty today.  Today is one of those days, when life hurts, life is crazy and unexpected and uncertain.  And even though in these days I don’t feel very loveable, he still loves me.

And I know he loves you.

Although sin entered this world and separated us from him, he even took care of that by sending his son to pay the price for our ugliness.

So, today friend, know that you are loved and beautiful, in God’s eyes and in mine too.

And, if there was ever a chance to sit with you and share love together, God’s love and ours I’d be there.

I’ve join Holley Gerth for her Coffee for Your Heart.  Won’t you join my there?