By Sonia in Texas

Standing has been the hardest journey that I have had to walk through. Each individual has their own unique situations that occur to fulfill God’s purpose.

“But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” Exodus 9:16

In God’s grace and mercy, His revelations are sometimes in the smallest of things to show us that He is with us. “No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Joshua 1:5

He also shows us these things so that we can comfort others when they are struggling too. “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

I pray that my little revelation will help you see how great our God is.

Today as I was writing an essay at my desk, my prodigal’s dog begged to sit on my lap. As I was picking him up, I told him with excitement, “I love you! I love you!” Then I began to cry.

It hit me at that moment how much I wanted to hear the words “I love you” from my beloved spouse and my daughters. The pain reminded me of how much I wanted to tell them how I felt, but their continued rejection had silenced me.

How sad that this dog is the only one in my home right now who is hearing these words from my mouth. I cried out with pain to God and now understood why He was always telling me He loves me.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

Had I focused only on wanting to hear the words “I love you” from my husband and my children so much that I took my Father’s love for granted? He knew that I longed to hear the words “I love you”, and was giving me what I needed. I was always used to having my husband tell me everyday how much he loved me and to now be in a situation where I no longer hear those words, makes my heart ache still. But God stepped in and was filling that need and I thank Him for loving me so much.

“The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving- kindness.” Jeremiah 31:3

It took this minor event to open my eyes to see how much I was missing out on. No matter what words my daughters were throwing out, I needed to tell them I love them. They needed to hear it too, as I needed to hear it from my Father. If I needed that affection from my Father, how much more did they need to hear it from me since their father is not at home with them right now?

Please don’t let another minute pass you by without expressing your love to your loved ones. Even if the fear of rejection overwhelms you, we are to show our love.

“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” 1 John 4:7

You may not be able to tell your prodigal spouse you love them at this moment, but keep that love for them in your heart. Let it flow by praying for them. Let that love grow, like a burning fire inside of you.

“Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame.” Song of Solomon 8:6

Most importantly, let us not take our Lord’s love for us for granted. Let His love surround you and praise Him, because He is so worthy to be praised. Show Him and tell Him every day that you love Him.

“Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” Deuteronomy 6:5

God has loved us from the beginning. He chose us to stand in the gap for our loved one’s salvation, our marriages and for our prodigal children. These relationships may seem hopeless or dead in the natural, but our God will bring them back to life for His glory.

“When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” John 11:4

Loving Him,
Sonia in Texas
Rejoice Marriage Ministries, Inc.
Post Office Box 10548
Pompano Beach, FL 33061 USA
http://rejoiceministries.org/ (Ministry web site)
April 12th, 2010
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