Sunday, May 6, 2012

The Father's Love, by M

To be totally honest, I've been in somewhat of a funk for the last week or two. I had planned to write a blog post here about why I think that is and what I should be doing about it... as you may have noticed, that post has yet to be composed or published. Oops?

Instead, I think I'll save that for another time (or, perhaps my mood will change and render such a post unnecessary?) We'll see! In the meantime, I thought I'd share with you something that lifted my spirits today.

Below is a piece titled Father's Love Letter, and it's a beautiful composition of truths about our God and how He loves His people. I came across this (well, a slightly different version but same idea) nearly two years ago when I was going through a counseling ministry at my church. Sometimes it's just good to hear the truth, isn't it?

I hope that you can read the following and truly know that God is for you, that He loves you, that He desires good for you, and that you are His precious child. Sometimes, we just need a reminder!

You may not know me, 
but I know everything about you. 
Psalm 139:1
I know when you sit down and when you rise up. 
Psalm 139:2
I am familiar with all your ways. 
Psalm 139:3
Even the very hairs on your head are numbered. 
Matthew 10:29-31
For you were made in my image. 
Genesis 1:27
In me you live and move and have your being.
Acts 17:28
For you are my offspring. 
Acts 17:28
I knew you even before you were conceived. 
Jeremiah 1:4-5
I chose you when I planned creation. 
Ephesians 1:11-12
You were not a mistake, 
for all your days are written in my book. 

Psalm 139:15-16
I determined the exact time of your birth 
and where you would live. 

Acts 17:26
You are fearfully and wonderfully made. 
Psalm 139:14
I knit you together in your mother's womb. 
Psalm 139:13
And brought you forth on the day you were born. 
Psalm 71:6
I have been misrepresented 
by those who don't know me.

John 8:41-44
I am not distant and angry, 
but am the complete expression of love. 

1 John 4:16
And it is my desire to lavish my love on you. 
1 John 3:1
Simply because you are my child 
and I am your Father. 

1 John 3:1
I offer you more than your earthly father ever could. 
Matthew 7:11
For I am the perfect father. 
Matthew 5:48
Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand. 
James 1:17
For I am your provider and I meet all your needs. 
Matthew 6:31-33
My plan for your future has always been filled with hope. 
Jeremiah 29:11
Because I love you with an everlasting love. 
Jeremiah 31:3
My thoughts toward you are countless 
as the sand on the seashore.

Psalms 139:17-18
And I rejoice over you with singing. 
Zephaniah 3:17
I will never stop doing good to you. 
Jeremiah 32:40
For you are my treasured possession. 
Exodus 19:5
I desire to establish you
with all my heart and all my soul. 

Jeremiah 32:41
And I want to show you great and marvelous things. 
Jeremiah 33:3
If you seek me with all your heart, 
you will find me. 

Deuteronomy 4:29
Delight in me and I will give you 
the desires of your heart. 

Psalm 37:4
For it is I who gave you those desires. 
Philippians 2:13
I am able to do more for you 
than you could possibly imagine. 

Ephesians 3:20
For I am your greatest encourager. 
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
I am also the Father who comforts you 
in all your troubles. 

2 Corinthians 1:3-4
When you are brokenhearted, 
I am close to you. 

Psalm 34:18
As a shepherd carries a lamb, 
I have carried you close to my heart. 

Isaiah 40:11
One day I will wipe away 
every tear from your eyes. 

Revelation 21:3-4
And I'll take away all the pain 
you have suffered on this earth.

Revelation 21:3-4
I am your Father, and I love you 
even as I love my son, Jesus.

John 17:23
For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed. 
John 17:26
He is the exact representation of my being. 
Hebrews 1:3
He came to demonstrate that I am for you, 
not against you. 

Romans 8:31
And to tell you that I am not counting your sins.
2 Corinthians 5:18-19
Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled. 
2 Corinthians 5:18-19
His death was the ultimate expression 
of my love for you. 

1 John 4:10
I gave up everything I loved
that I might gain your love. 

Romans 8:31-32
If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, 
you receive me. 

1 John 2:23
And nothing will ever separate you 
from my love again.

Romans 8:38-39
Come home and I'll throw the biggest party 
heaven has ever seen.

Luke 15:7
I have always been Father, 
and will always be Father.

Ephesians 3:14-15
My question is…
Will you be my child? 

John 1:12-13
I am waiting for you. 
Luke 15:11-32

1 comment:

  1. M-
    I couldn't find an email address for you and couldn't comment on your Mal and the City blog- so here I am!!
    I think I met you and your sister a few years ago at one of Vandy CRU's all worship meetings towards the end of a semester. Maybe 2008 or 2009? I'm not sure. I lived in Nashville too when Haley & Adam were there as well...I moved there after college in 2008 and moved away in 2010. HA.

    Anyhow, please share the post with your friend in Ethiopia. That is so exciting! She is welcome to share it on their FB page too!! My friend Sarah from UK-we were roommates too- works for the Mocha Club and FashionABLE too! She just sent me a few scarves from the $1 bin (the slightly damaged/discarded ones that they can't sell) and I wanted to write a post about them and what they do. I LOVE doing that!!!!
    I'm so glad you stopped by to read the blog. I hope you enjoy it. I know I love following Haley's adventures in EA and can't wait til she is home :)
    Thanks again!!