God loves you. No exceptions.

February is considered the month of Love, Right? I’ve been to the stores and there are isles of heart-shaped goodies, cards with the perfect sentiment inside, and red & pink around every corner. It is the time of year when you can buy anything in the shape of a heart from diamond jewelry to pepperoni pizza. Definitely a marketing feast. But it’s also that time of year to remember that ​ God Loves You...No Exceptions!    

I have no idea how you feel about Valentine’s Day. I personally have mixed feelings about it...keeping it real. You may be excited about this day to lavish and be lavished. You may have cards with stickers and sweet treats all ready to deliver, or possibly you want to pull the curtains closed and ignore social media until February 14th has passed. Because it’s a day that simply reminds you of love that you never received or that has gone too soon. No matter where you are on that spectrum, God Loves You...No Exceptions!  If I am being honest when it comes to enjoying Valentine’s Day, I fall in between excitement and dread.  Don’t get me wrong - I am ridiculously blessed with a husband that loves me and three amazing sons...whether they admit it or not they love their momma. But my heart goes out to those who are still waiting for their true love...patiently.  Or the one whose true love has passed too soon...until they meet again! And even the one who feels unlovable because of that mistake or those sins. Can I remind you that ​ God Loves You...No Exceptions!    

“I am giving you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you too are to love one another”. ​ John 13:34   

Love seemed very ‘conditional’ and ‘earned’ when I was growing up. I knew my parents loved me but my dad had a tough time with the ‘unconditional’ part. That made it really difficult for me to accept that God would love ‘me’​ unconditionally. That no matter what I did or didn’t do He would not disown me or turn His back on me.  Even if I failed, He would be right there giving me unlimited chances to get it right. I had to accept that I was worthy of that kind of love...and so are YOU! ​ God Loves You...No Exceptions! The song I picked for this week is ​“I Am Loved” ​by Mack Brock. This song got me ‘hook, line, and sinker’ with the first verse: ​“Just as I am, You welcomed me.” ​ That definitely fits in the ​No Exceptions ​category. God does not hold back His love until we are perfect. He wants us to bring our baggage and our junk and leave it.  “There’s nothing to hide” and “There’s nothing to measure.” ​ We are His children and that’s all that matters. ​ God Loves You...No Exceptions! I Believe It… I Receive It! It’s nearly impossible to give what we haven’t received!  I have spent most of my adult life trying to give and get a kind of love that I had always wanted but looked for in all the wrong places (starting to sound like a country song). The ​ unconditional no matter what NO EXCEPTIONS ​ kind of love. I fell short and was often times disappointed… but that’s ok… because I now know that is the kind of love that only God gives. We are designed to receive ​NO EXCEPTIONS LOVE ​from our Heavenly Father. Once I received it then I was able to forgive my earthly father of his shortcomings and have been able to release others from expectations that are unfairly placed on them.

Believe it: God Loves You...No Exceptions!    

“Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to   understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.” Ephesians 3:17-19(NLT)    

My hope and prayer today...tomorrow...and every day after is that you feel God’s love rooted deeper than ever. That even though you don’t understand it - That no matter what your circumstances are - No matter what status box you check as you file your taxes this year - No matter your past or your future - That YOU know beyond a reasonable doubt that ​ God Loves You...No Exceptions!    

BELIEVE IT… RECEIVE IT

 As I was finishing this up God gave me another song to  share with you through our local radio station: Big Daddy Weave’s ​Jesus, I Believe!   

Heavenly Father, Thank You for loving me with   unconditionally no exceptions. I believe that you love   me no matter what. I believe that you will never leave   or forsake me. I trust it and I receive it…. it’s   becoming rooted deep in my heart. Please use me to   show a glimpse of the love you have available to others.   Guide my thoughts, actions, and words that they may   give you all the honor and glory. In Jesus’ name...Amen!    

Blessings,  

((Hugs)) Kim  

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