"God Loves Us Anyway"
I stand at the kitchen stove and push my breakfast around a pan. My thoughts feel scrambled too. Lies have been nipping at my heels again. I close my eyes and whisper the prayer I'm learning to cling to in these moments, "God, what do You want to say to my heart today?"
Usually a Scripture comes to mind. Or maybe I remember encouraging words from a wise friend. But this time a new phrase comes instantly: I love you anyway.
Tears fill my eyes because it's exactly what I need to hear. My struggles made it seem like God must be upset and far away. But He was still right there with me. And He was still for me.
When we battle depression, God loves us anyway.
When we fight anxiety, God loves us anyway.
When we mess up, God loves us anyway.
When we face doubts, God loves us anyway.
When we forget who we really are, God loves us anyway.
When we're weary, God loves us anyway.
Whatever we're struggling with today, God loves us anyway.
"I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow--not even the powers of hell can separate us from God's love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below--indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord"
I carry my plate to the table and whisper, "God, help me to truly believe I'm loved by You right now just as I am." My prayer is the same for you. May we be confident we're loved anyway. May we be certain we're loved always. Especially on the hard days.