“See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are!” First John 3:1 (NLT)
Last year when my husband left on a five-day fishing trip, I awoke to five different cards labeled “Day 1, Day 2” and so on. I immediately called Jeff to inquire about the collection of cards, and he explained that he had written a card for every day he’d be gone because he knew I’d be missing him as much as he would be missing me. (Did I just hear a collective “aww”?)
Seriously, that was the sweetest gesture ever! I loved each and every card. In fact, I keep them in my Bible so that I can re-read them from time to time. Why? Because they are filled with precious words, sweet memories, and heartfelt confessions from my one true love.
When you think about it, it’s quite appropriate that I keep those cards of love inside my Bible because the Bible is full of love letters written especially for us. God has filled His Word with precious promises, words of hope, and words of wisdom. Verses such as: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.” (Jeremiah 31:3, NASB) are just like hugs from heaven.
So, here’s what I challenge you to do this week. Make time to read the Word of God every single day, and meditate on God’s personal love letters to you. Let His love fill you up until it’s spilling over. Secondly, write letters to the loved ones in your life. They don’t have to be super long or elaborately worded. They simply have to be heartfelt and handwritten. Let’s not wait for a special occasion to tell our family and friends how much we love them.
Pray this with me: “Father, thank You for Your Word, and thank You for loving me with an everlasting love. Help me to be an encouragement to my family through my words—both spoken and written. In the Mighty Name of Jesus. Amen.”
Michelle Medlock Adams is an award-winning writer and a best-selling author of more than 70 books including her most recent title for women, “Love & Care For the One and Only You” (Worthy Publishing). Michelle is married to her high school sweetheart, and they have two grown daughters. When not writing or speaking at conferences, Michelle loves to fish and cheer on the Chicago Cubbies. www.michellemedlockadams.com