The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.
– Zephaniah 3:17
There are days, and then there are DAYS.
It’s the latter that makes me thankful for the former, which I can define as the days that you leave a little bruised, battered and beaten. Not defeated. Just feeling like you;ve been there, experienced that, and are glad it’s history.
Holley Gerth can always put a smile on my face, and there are days that she puts a well-needed smile on a face that’s dealing with one of THOSE days. The other day she posted this, and I quote:
Let’s start with what matters most: you’re loved. I don’t know why it’s so hard for us to deeply, wholly believe that’s true. I’ve heard again and again the whispers of doubt. Can I be a different voice, a louder voice, in your life today?
You really are loved.
Just as you are.
More than you know.
There’s nothing that can change that in your life. Not a bad day, not a mistake, not all the ways you may sometimes worry you fall short. Nothing. So close your eyes, take a deep breath, and let the words wrap themselves around your heart.
I am loved.
It’s wonderfully true.
That means you don’t ever have to prove yourself. You don’t have to strive to earn the affection your heart longs for most. You can be free from continually pursuing moreand yet never feeling like enough.
You’re loved in a way that is secure forever. The God who spoke the universe into being has said these words to you: “I love you.” And what he says can never be altered. In a world where so much may change, you can trust that his love will always stay the same. Your heart is truly safe with him.
Holley, thank you for speaking truth into a soul that’s searching for it today. Thank you for reminding me of the God who loves me, cares for me, and will never let go. Thank you for giving me the nudge to get back out there and be a positive force for HIs glory – no matter what.
It’s the LOVE that needs to keep us going. May you feel that LOVE today!