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Anjuli grew up as a missionary kid secretly wondering, “Why does everyone else understand what a relationship with Jesus is, but me?” It wasn’t until she ran into her fears instead of from them, that Anjuli found her voice and the love of God meeting her there. She is a...

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  1. Anjuli,
    What if we received love like a kid on Christmas morning? … Indeed! I don’t remember Christmas gifts coming with a caveat of what I must do now that I’ve received the gift. There were no strings attached – just a gift given to give love and joy. I can be like you, Anjuli, thinking that if I do, earn, strive, I then “earn” the delight of the Lord. He loves me, even on the days when I feel like all I do is take up space on this earth. So true that it’s a relationship, not a give-and-take. I think we’re so used to human relationships that often get mixed up with expectations. God doesn’t have expectations, especially ones where he becomes disappointed if we don’t meet them. God is love. He can’t deny Himself. Heeding your challenge to just bask in His love for me today…I might even pick up some flowers 🙂
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

  2. ps. For those of you prayer warriors who have been praying for my relationship with my grown kids…I had lunch with my son and his girlfriend yesterday. It was our first get together in almost a year. I believe God is growing hearts and mending fences. Not sure where this will go, but thanking God for answering my earnest prayer. Your prayers are heard and felt. God bless you…
    Love and thanks,
    Bev

  3. Anjuli,

    God earnestly desires a relationship with us. So often we think Phariseeical. We believe we must follow all the rules, do so much work & behave a certain way for Him to love us. All He asks of us is to communicate with Him. Churches don’t always preach about relationships. You don’t hear talk about baptism & God’s great love for you simply because He made you. To often we hear about rules to follow or things to do/not do & ask God for anything like He’s a genie. Little children get it. They see Jesus like a daddy. Someone who loves them deeply & dearly. We need to go back to our youth when we were giddy for Christmas. Gifts given because they love us. We did nothing to earn those gifts. That is the same way with God.
    John 3:16 God SO LOVED the world that HE gave HIS only Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. No strings attached. He doesn’t ask a thing of us. Just believe that Jesus died for you sins. Zephaniah 3:17 The Lord your God is with you, He is a Mighty Warrior who saves.
    He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” That same God who died for you also rejoices over you with singing. Again no strings attached.

    Blessings 🙂

  4. This is so beautiful. My flowers are always in my living area. Might just have to change that. There are times I bought them for myself and had my husband ask to pay for them. I said “no, that’s okay”. I wanted to say, “sorry bud, ya lost your chance”. Flowers are God’s creation and buying them for myself is a sign of HIS love for me. His UNCONDITIONAL love unlike people in my life.

  5. Hi Anjuli,

    Great message. It was so refreshing because this life we live always causes us to come to God with demands and desires. But, to just spend time in His love with no agenda or task encourages “true” intimacy. Thanks for the reminder…. Charisse 🙂

  6. Amen! I love this devotion you have shared. So simple and so sweet. Thank you Anjuli. Have a blessed Monday sisters \ 0 /

  7. love the write up. I think any small reminder of God in our lives is perfect..seeing the beauty of his creation in those flowers and seeing how much more WE are his creation is connecting with God.
    I love to go for walks and just enjoy the things he created..he made them out if love for us to enjoy and in this busy busy world..to remind us he was here long ago setting it up for us.
    enjoy your flowers and the beauty of the gift of God . thank him daily for all he has made , pouring out love only takes a few minutes but changes our day completely.

  8. Some people who have never been given the type of love like some children are given and therefore, using myself as an example, we struggle to see and understand that in true love there are no expectations, just pure love.

    I am still struggling with equating love to myself as being without performance or duty of some kind or another, but yet I am able to be openly and gracefully loving to others. I am knowing how to be forgiving, graceful, kindhearted, generous with even my own enemies, but not to myself.

    But this week I am choosing to bless me. I am taking a calligraphy class, working on my arts and crafts that bring me joy and I am signing up for the Christmas Choir.

    As a Survivor of lengthy Childhood abuse and neglect, Domestic Violence, and in a second long Marriage with a Special Needs Man whom is mostly noncommunicative its been a hard struggle to get to this point.

    I am so proud of my success in being Brave enough to just love me for me.

    • Praying for you Karen that you will see yourself as Jesus sees you, as God sees you. His creation, fearfully and wonderfully made. Amen

    • I saw this in the your version bible app today a declaration to self and thought of you.
      My Faith Declaration

      I believe that my life was perfectly designed by God in every way! I affirm that all the intricate details that make me who I am—my body shape, my personality type, and my intellect—were purposefully woven together by Him. No matter what I have been taught, what has been said to me, or what sin I have committed, nothing can change the fact that God loves me and beautifully created me to bring Him glory!