So many times we can get can get caught up in external religious “stuff” we miss the eternal relationship that we have available to us.. NOW!
The God of the universe, that spoke the world into being calls us by name (Isaiah 43) and loves us with a love that is indescribable and nothing can separate us from!
Sorry felt like I needed to write that in bigger letters because it gets me to excited.
That being said, I wonder if you ever just wonder about God’s specific love for you?
Like you understand John 3:16 and that you need to believe in Jesus to get to heaven, but is His love really a love personal to you? I mean.. it says in John 3:16 that He so loved the WORLD right… how could He pour out personalized specific love on little ol’ me.
That’s where i get so overwhelmed by our awesome God. He is so BIG. He holds the world in His hands. Psalms 96:5 is an example of our Big God. It says For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the LORD made the heavens! Splendor and majesty are before Him.
But that Big God also has a BIG personalized love just for you– just for me. I think we often miss it because we are not looking for it. We get caught up in the bigness of trying to figure out our life stories and miss out the little and big personalized ways God loves us. It’s overwhelming.
You see that surprised look on my face. See this is what happened. A few weeks ago my bike got stolen in my sketchy neighborhood. I was sad about it because i loved tootling around on that bike (haha.. did i make that word tootling up?) but oh well.. i moved on. It was funny though because I kept my bike rack on my car. Just yesterday morning a guy from church jokingly asked me, Jenn why do you still have your bike rack.. you have no bike. I said confidently, “God is going to give me a bike”.
I did not really expect at all that very night God would give me a bike. A bike perfectly fitting to my personality. It’s purple, crazy fun, and unique. and I LOVE IT! i named it the purple pleasure II after my purple pleasure scooter I had in nepal
Anyways. This weekend had been one of those weekends where I had quite the battle in my thoughts. It’s funny because I had written a blog post earlier about how I was soo ok with not participating in the weekend retreat that I had been asked to lead 3 years ago and been praying for ever since. But the truth is I was taken by surprise this weekend that it was harder for me then expected. And you know how it is when the enemy comes and starts with a thought– like — of course you weren’t there, you are not good enough.. then it spirals downwards and because a battleground of thoughts that are lies from the enemy.
I fought those lies, but it was hard. So sunday I jumped on chance to go to a special worship night at Two Rivers Church in Knoxville, a church I have grown to dearly love.
Had an awesome incredible time worshipping Jesus.
Gods healing came deep as I deeply worshipped.
Then my sweet friend Laura told me to come to her car she had a surprise for me. I thought like baked goods or something..
I wondered why it was taking so long to get said surprise out of car.
Then she pulled out this beautiful fun bike. A group of them had gone in together to buy me this…. wow.
These are mainly folks in the ministry who I know don’t make the big bucks. They sacrificed for me, someone they hardly know..
And the card said this
The Lord kind of put it on our heart to get you this bike. Hope you enjoy it and that everytime you ride it you are reminded how much the Lord loves you
Talk about personalized love from the Lord!
Guys let’s not miss the beautiful personal ways the Lord loves on us… yours may not be a cool purple huffy bike, but He has personally loved you somehow today!
Some pics from my bike ride with the Lord today… haha.. and yes i took this while riding on bike.. hahah