I write for YOU because I want you to know that Jesus doesn't look at you as if you are on the clearance shelf or the damaged goods table. After all, when He went to the cross for you, He paid full price.
Have you ever asked these questions?
Am I valuable. . .or seen. . .or even loved?
Do I have a purpose?
Do I make a difference?
I have asked them. All of them. All the way back into my childhood. And I kept getting the same response: "No, no, and no!"
Sometimes I got the answer from not-very-nice people, but most often it was just a feeling I carried with me everywhere I went. I always felt like I was easily cast aside. I always felt "less-than." Then, one day, I realized those answers weren't coming from God.
It took me years to recognize the feeling—and its source—but I finally began to call it what it was: a lie of the enemy. Still, realizing I always felt like an underdog—and allowing God to love my "less-than" pieces back to a where they belonged—were not simultaneous events.
The turn only began to happen more purposefully when I realized I wasn't the only one rowing that boat with what felt like a single oar. I realized I wasn't really alone. I began to see that the notes I was taking on this life of mine—and the lives of others—began to show a pattern of twist and turns, distractions and distresses that pointed back to the same thing for all of us.
Many of us have no idea how much God loves us.
And even when He tells us, we have a way of letting the enemy's lies speak louder. SoLove That Amazes was born when it began to be impossible for me to just accept the pain of feeling so invisible. Then, when God's love and forgiveness and grace finally began to sink in and take hold, my next thought was this: I don’t want them to keep feeling that pain either. I have to bring them with me! I don't want them feeling like they are alone for one more moment!
So, why Love That Amazes? I grew up in a little country church, and we sang what we now know as the old hymns. One of them, called I Stand Amazed in the Presence (Charles Hutchinson Gabriel, 1905), has these lyrics in its first verse: “I stand amazed in the presence of Jesus the Nazarene, and wonder how He could love me, a sinner, condemned, unclean." The chorus says: “How marvelous! How wonderful! And my song shall ever be; How marvelous! How wonderful is my Savior's love for me!" And the last verse proclaims, “When with the ransomed in glory His face I at last shall see, 'Twill be my joy through the ages to sing of His love for me."
His love for you. And for me.
That is why I chose Love That Amazes to be the banner for what I do. Through it all, through the mountains and the valleys of our lives, God has loved me, and God has loved you. When we accept the sacrifice of His Son and become His child, we have no idea how much love and forgiveness and patience we will require, but He knows. And He loves us anyway, and loves us still.
So, whatever it takes, whether it's sending out a freebie to my awesome subscribers, writing a blog story or filming a video devotional for a quick pick-me-up, publishing a devotional book for some in-depth study, or writing a children's book so even the youngest can have a good start at knowing his or her worth, I do it all so that you—my awesome Love That Amazes friends—can see and feel and know the love God has for us and the value and purpose and grace He gives us through His Son, Jesus. Then, my friends, we can stand amazed together.
P.S. MY STORY WOULDN'T BE THE SAME WITHOUT THESE MOMENTS. . .
How may I help you?
KNOW YOUR VALUE. LIVE WITH PURPOSE. MAKE A DIFFERENCE.