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Grace Nuggets: Simple reminders of God’s great love for you.

*Grace Nuggets: Simple reminders of God’s great love for you.

We live in a time of unprecedented hate, anger, and violence. Sometimes our smallest comments or actions seem to incite anger in the people around us. During these times we need to be reminded of the great love of God the father has for us.

Society tends place value on us according to a certain political persuasion, our race, or our beliefs and opinions. But in God‘s kingdom, love that is based on the external isn’t love it all.

Love at any level is a decision, a choice. God choice to love us isn’t based on who we are but on who he is. God‘s love for us isn’t based not on what we do, but on what he does through his son Jesus Christ. God‘s love isn’t based on our faithfulness to him, but on his unconditional, unwavering faithfulness .

Human love can change over time. God’s love and never changes for us! His love for us sustains us in the darkest of times.

People may not understand us. Those closest to us can often try to ‘fix us’ when all we want is a listening ear and a hug.

True love guides us, protects us, encourages us and lifts us up. Gods love for you comes with his full awareness and understanding of your pain. He literally feels the pain you feel. No one else can do that no matter how hard they may try.

So today, celebrate you! Celebrate the fact that you ARE loved unconditionally by one who never changes. His love for you is new everyday.

You can come to him with every burden. You can come to him with your shame. You can come to him with your fear. He is always there, willing to listen and able to encourage you.

“When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.” Psalms‬ ‭94:19‬ ‭

Sometimes when we are challenged with something, difficult we move forward cautiously. There may become a time when we get to the point of no return. We doubt our ability to succeed and worry feeds our heart.

I see doubt and worry like driving into a tunnel. It can be dark and scary, you may question whether or not you’ll make it. And then you see the light at the end of the tunnel. Then you know you can make it to the end.

Jesus is like that light at the end of the tunnel. We may worry about the future. We may fear what is in the shadows. We may question our ability or the motives of others. We may even begin to doubt Gods presence.

But when we look to Jesus we find the comfort we need to move forward. When he was on earth, Jesus constantly reminded us that he would be with us always. He promised us a comforter in the Holy Spirit who empower us through the difficult times.

In the dark shadows of a tunnel, focus on the light at the end. He’ll see you through. He won’t take the darkness away, but he will assure you that you will make it through.

“Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you.” Psalms‬ ‭143:8‬

If you are like me, one of the first things you enjoy in the morning is a good cup of coffee. Nothing seems to get me going better than to be able to sit down to a good warm cuppa Java! It tends to start my day out right.

There’s one thing that is even more important than coffee to get my day started right. The Psalmist writes “let me hear of your unfailing love each morning.” Each morning he reminds himself of the fact that God‘s love for him is brand new.

Remember when you first fell in love? The excitement that was within you? The joy you felt? The way that new love made everything seem better. It may have seemed like your troubles all disappeared because of that new love. That’s the kind of love God has for you. Every single morning you can wake up and realize his love is fresh and exciting and powerful.

But the Psalms tells us something else about God’s great love. God‘s great love guides us each step of the way. Sometimes our emotions can get the best of us. Sometimes the situations that we come across during the day can discourage us or disappoint us or make us fearful. But God‘s love guides through those times and reminds us of his great power and mercy.

Coffee can be good to get our day started out right, but more importantly, reminding ourselves of Jesus love, and asking him to help us in the decisions of our day, are the most important way to get a fresh start every day.

It may be hard to realize sometimes, but the creator God of the universe loves us and is intimately interested in each and everything we do. Before your feet hit the floor in the morning, before you reach for that first cup of coffee, remind yourself that God loves you today. Ask him to guide your steps. Thank him for in advance for his guidance, because he wants to see you succeed!

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