Late Sunday night, I couldn't stop reading Chapter Three of A Confident Heart. This chapter was about finding love that won't fail even when I do. As Renee shares about her college years - the school, the friends, the extracurricular...the busy - I couldn't help but nod my head and understand where she was coming from. She said that she kept trying to measure the love that she felt through her accomplishments but she was never satisfied. She still felt incomplete; as though something was missing. Something that couldn't be filled by her parent's proud smiles or a hug from a friend or a good grade from a teacher or from a boy with puppy dog eyes.
Then, a thought came to her:
*Renee, all you have ever wanted is unconditional love.
She says on page 51, "The thought of God valuing me so much that His love would never fail - even if I failed Him - was inconceivable, yet something deep in my soul told me it was true." Renee goes on to explain that over time she realized that she had been searching for significance. "Those of us who struggle with insecurity and find ourselves in the shadow of doubt often get there because we are seeking our validation in people's opinions, our worth in accomplishments, and our identity in excessive commitments. It can only go on for so long before something breaks. We either get tired and quit trying, or we push ourselves to the point of burnout because we don't know how to set boundaries."
On page 55 she goes on to explain that God put a longing for unfailing love in our hearts because He knew it would lead us back to Him. Only God's unfailing love will fill and fulfill the desires of our hearts.
Are your closet, your schedule, your mind, and your life full? How about your heart? Are there empty places that you need and want to trust God to fill?
Today, I want us to really answer that question. I know I am guilty of overcommitment and trying to be satisfied by a new outfit or my achievements. I often look to my husband instead of to God for security and worth. But, my heart is never fully complete until I come to God. In worship. By prayer. Through anger, tears, or joy. By doing these things, I find that I am satisfied in Christ.
Below are the word for the week and the scripture for the week that Renee has provided on her blog. We will use this scripture as this month's memory verse. We will meet back here next week to go over Chapter Four.
Also, I am so excited about releasing the FREE e-book on Valentine's Day about God's love. There are some great stories from bloggers like The Lazy Christian, Christin Nevins, and our very own guest blogger Lauren (and many more!). I hope that this collection of thoughts encourages and blesses you. Be on the lookout for it in 13 days!
Verse for the week: “Satisfy [me] in the morning with your unfailing love, that [I] may sing for joy and be glad all [my] days…for I have put my trust in you.” Psalm 90:14, 143:8b, NIV
Till next time, let your light shine!
*Swope, Renee. A Confident Heart, pg. 51.
Psalm 85:10-13**Blog** Love and Truth meet in the street, Right Living and Whole Living embrace and kiss! Truth sprouts green from the ground, Right Living pours down from the skies! Oh yes! God gives Goodness and Beauty; our land responds with Bounty and Blessing. Right Living strides out before him, and clears a path for his passage.