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Renee Swope is a Word-lover, heart-encourager and grace-needer. She's also best-selling author of "A Confident Heart" and the familiar voice of a friend to women around the world as the former Proverbs 31 Ministries' radio co-host for ten years. Renee is a mom of three Joshua (25), Andrew (22) and...

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  1. What gorgeous words from your son and when he was so young too. It makes this mama heart swell for you!

    You are so right in that we are truly loved by Jesus and God. I reveal in that. It makes me feel safe. I’m more in tune with it the more I get older. But what do you think the part of the verse that says those that fear do not live in love?

    • I’m referring to the ‘not made complete’? Should it taken as an invitation not to fear? Some of us that have the occasional anxiety or even the fear of stepping out into the unknown or for our children etc – that we could be judged for this? Or Is it a friendly loving invitation to try and absolve us of our fears?

      • Jas,
        This scripture is not referring to those of us who have anxiety (or fear) . We are never judged for having anxiety…no condemnation. So many verses are written about “don’t be anxious” – not as a do this or else, but as in God saying, “I know you WILL be anxious…bring it to me and I want to help you.” This verse is not referring to “general anxiety” it’s referring to fear about judgment day. When we accept Christ as our Savior, there is no fear of judgment day. God is always love and certainly doesn’t judge those who struggle with anxiety. Verses like this can grab me sometime too…God loves you!!
        Blessings,
        Bev xo

      • Jas, Im so glad this story resonated with you and pulled you closer into the arms of God’s love. I struggle with anxiety too sometimes, and know that God holds in that hard place. The end of this verse reminds me that I’ll never be all the way complete until I’m in Heaven with Jesus, filled and fulfilled, completed in His love and by His love.

    • Jas,
      This Amplified version of that segment of scripture helps shed light on what that means: “so the one who is afraid [of God’s judgment] is not perfected in love [has not grown into a sufficient understanding of God’s love].”

      You don’t have fear of God’s judgement because you KNOW as a believer that Christ died for your sins. You are forgiven. It is finished. No fear of condemnation. Your salvation is secure. So, you HAVE grown into a sufficient understanding of God’s love. Rest easy….you’ve got this..

      Love,
      Bev xo

  2. Renee,
    These words speak of God’s character: “A promise that is kept.
    A place that is certain.
    Someone who is there for me again and again.”
    Oh, and that part about sacrificing His one and only Son. Sometimes I have to really slow down and think through what this means. What kind of love would do that? How God’s heart must have broken to see His Son tortured, but He loves me/you too much to live without us. This is the promise that is alluded to throughout the Old Testament. God made good on sacrificing His Son so that we could be ushered into a genuine relationship with Him. This is the ultimate answer, but there are SO many other ways God shows His love. We’re on the same page today as my blog post is entitled, “Does God REALLY Love Me?” It’s a concept I’ve struggled with for years to grasp (hope it’s okay if I share?) Loved this, Renee, and what a blessing from your son <3 https://walkingwellwithgod.blogspot.com/2020/02/does-god-really-love-me.html
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

    • So glad you shared your post Bev!! Was traveling Thursday and had outpatient surgery Friday morning, so I’m hoping to hop over and read it this weekend or next week!

  3. I’ve been feeling like a grandmothering failure lately–just not enough time to schedule a “play date” with the adorable grands, so this Friday has been on the schedule for a while, and I learned last night that my grandson has been counting the days until he goes to Bam’s house. I know his love language has more to do with time and fun activities than any of the other things I’ve been fretting over, and I appreciated this reinforcement from your own story.
    Blessings to you in all your mothering and carpooling and late night Target runs!

  4. The best love is Jesus that came into the world as baby born in manger with no airs or graces. God choose for his son not to be born in any fancy place. Just a manger. Then to go on to Clavary Cross for us. What greater Love could anyone give us. Jesus love us no matter what color of skin we are. We are all his precious Children. You can never stop Jesus loving you. John 3 verse 16 says it all. For God so Loved the Word He Gave His Only Begotten Son. What other Father would do that for the whole WORLD. THIS IS LOVE WE ARE LOVED. On Youtube listen to Father’s Love letter it tell you how much you are loved by God. He knows your name he even knows the very number of hairs on your head. He know the color of your eyes. I could go on the Father’s Love letter on Youtube will tell you more on how much you are Love by God. Love today’s reading. Xxx Love Dawn Fergson-Little

  5. Renee,

    Your son said it best. Children don’t really want things. They want their parents to care for them. They want to be with you & talk about their days. The song lyrics “Can’t buy me love” is so true. No amount of money can replace actual face time with the kiddos & grands. God’s love is just like that. He is there waiting every morning & all through out the day. Just wanting to talk with us as a parent would for a child. For me showing love means cooking a nice, healthy meal, cleaning house, just being with & doing little things for my hubby. That means more to me than any item you could buy, True love is sacrificial. It gives up something like God giving up His only son. God bless you on your mothering journey.

    Blessings 🙂

  6. This is so amazing! I have been struggling with feeling loved by God. I keep praying to Him that I would understand and live in the certainty of His love for me.. I cant stop feeling frustrated for making the same mistakes and because I cant get rid of anxiety thant in makes me feel not enough or worthy of His love. And even though I know He loves me I just cant feel it for me. Your words gave me hope and a sense of peace, thank you for sharing.

    • I am praying for you right now Florence, that you will simply rest in His love. We are not worthy, but Jesus death on the cross shows we were worth it to HIM!! He loves you so much – no matter how many times you feel like you mess up. Nothing can’t make Him stop loving you. He is not frustrated with you but full of grace, patience, affection and invitation to you to live loved as His beloved! xoxo