Tuesday, December 7, 2010

You are Beautiful & Soli Deo Gloria Link-up

I'm so glad you are back.  All through the week, I so look forward to this day, to catching up with you and seeing your sweet faces on my blog!  If you are new to Soli Deo Gloria, please click "here" to read about the heart behind this meme and to get the guidelines.   Don't forget to grab the button so that people who visit your blog will know where to find us in case they would like to share their hearts, too.

I am an encourager.  It is one of my spiritual giftings and I love to use it.  Today, I want to encourage you.  Last night, I was catching up on my 365 day Bible and I read these words:

This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.  This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.  Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.  No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.  1 John 4: 9-12, NIV

I want to love.  I want God to live in me.  And oh, I want to be complete.  Sometimes I lose sight of the greatness of God's love for me.  I get bogged down in guilt.  I start weighing things on the proverbial scale and just feel that things are not measuring out quite right.  The things that are wrong cloud my vision so much so that I cannot see the millions of things that are going right.  I get so internal and so self-absorbed that I forget God loves me.  When I am remiss in absorbing this love, I am then remiss in loving.  And when I am remiss in loving, I am not complete.

So today, I want to remind you of God's love for you.  His love is free.  His love is pure.  His love transcends all sins, all faults, and all failures. It is yours to receive, fully and completely.  Allow yourself to be loved today and then, pass it on.

Please spend 4 minutes reveling in His love for you. 
Please, after you reveled, go visit these amazing ladies. 

Spread the joy.

Spread His love.


  1. Thanks for the encouragement so early in the morning. I hope your day is blessed because you are blown away by the his love!

  2. That new song is one of my very favorites right now! Every time it comes on KLOVE my daughter gets excited and says "Mommy, it's your song"! To which I reply, "It's your song, too."

    I love that He treasures us like a bride. Thanks for the wonderful reminder of how much He treasures us.

    Natalie at Mommy on Fire

  3. I love that scripture! Thanks for sharing yourself with us! You are beatiful!

  4. I needed this. This certainly has been my battle as of late. I didn't ever think this would be a struggle for me to understand the love He has for me and that I was made to please Him. Satan will attack wherever he sees an in. Thanks for this and you do encourage Jen. Have a great day!

  5. Hi, Jen! Thanks for sharing your heart.
    My prayer request today is that I am SWAMPED and very much pressed for time. (Work deadlines and family obligations, mostly.) Having trouble focusing, and no time even to blog!
    Love you, and THANKS for the opportunity to link up!

  6. Praise God for the gift of encouragement! Thank you for inviting us here, once again. And, thanks for encouraging us to come, even if we're filling a little silly today...Blessings!

  7. You ARE such an encourager. I love that about you. It is an amazing gift, and you use if freely.

    So, I'm reading the one year Bible, and I have that exact verse underlined!

  8. This is perfect...thanks for being that gift. I am an 'encourager' too, but I don't think I've been using it as intentionally as I would like...thanks for the challenge

    Most, thanks for the reminder of His love...all we truly need...amazing:) this is a sweet gift today, Jen:):)

    p.s. A portion of these I John 4 verses was on our wedding invitation and said at our wedding...so I always think of that amazing day:):):):):)

  9. I am an encourager too and we live in such a time that desperately needs encouragers. What a great post of encouragement and Beautiful by Mercy Me is just the "icing on the cake."

    Christmas joy to you!


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