You are LOVED and adored by God. As Saint Augustine says, “God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.”
For some of us that is easy to believe!
It is clear.
It is felt.
It is known.
And if that is YOU — that is fantastic! Please join me in spreading the word, so others can experience the same joy and peace that you and I do.
While I know and feel God’s love now, I also know what it is like not to. It can be hard to understand (and believe) that there is one who loves us more than all of our earthly loves put together. It can be even harder to comprehend if you didn’t experience a father’s love; or you have felt abandoned, unworthy, unlovable, or have suffered greatly – but I am here to tell you that God’s love is true!
Jesus cares for you simply because you are His. Not what you have to offer, or how you look, what you say, or what you accomplish but because you belong to Him.
Let me say that again, Jesus loves YOU simply because YOU are HIS!
No matter where the road of life has taken you. If you have ever thought that the Lord could never love you because of what you have done or been though, know that He is anxiously waiting for you to return to Him. He is calling you. The Lord’s mercy is endless and His love for you is infinite!
I wish I had known that all along but the fact that I didn’t, but now I do, makes me all the more grateful! Most of my life I have struggled for everything. I had to work for happiness only to find it fleeting and unstable. I was anxious about many things. However, once I starting turning toward God. When I asked for forgiveness through the Sacrament of Reconciliation and started earnestly seeking Him and speaking with him, striving always to live a virtuous life – I obtained the graces necessary to keep moving toward Him. I craved it!
I realized that all those years of trying to make myself happy with things or the approval others would never satisfy me. Things break. People leave. However, Jesus is our faithful friend who never lets us down. No one knows us like He does.
“You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you.” // Saint Augustine
Jeremiah 31:3 reminds us that the Lord loves each of us with an everlasting love and His faithfulness and mercy will endure. He never gives up on us, even when life gets busy and we get out of the habit of doing the things that bring us close to Him; he always and anxiously waits for our return, for our petitions, and for our prayers of thankfulness and love.
How do you grow closer to Jesus?
Through a Catholic bible study I recently completed, I learned three ways:
Seek Him // “When you look for me you will find me. Yes, when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13
Reading scripture, spending time in adoration, receiving the Sacraments regularly, praying – all these are ways to seek Him. Every day, in all things seek Him.
Rely on Him // “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, on your own understanding do not rely; in all your ways be mindful of him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
Know that the Lord always has your best interest at heart. Even when things happen that we don’t understand. Even if we are faced with suffering or tragedy. Even if things don’t go the way we think they should. Know that God is in all your days; past, present, and future and he is working all things out for your good – but according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28). Rely on him in tough times and trust in His goodness.
Keep His Word // “Jesus said to them, ‘Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.” John 14:23
It is not easy to be a follower of Christ – but it is worth it! He promises to make His dwelling with us. He asks us to take up our crosses daily, to keep His commandments, to obey, to trust, to love without ceasing, to forgive those who may not deserve it. No, it is not easy, but I will say it again – it is worth it! If we realize that it is worth it, we can endure the hard things joyfully and with a peace that surpasses all understanding. If we do walk through darkness our comforter, the Holy Spirit, will be our light. We need only ask.
“A Christian is a tabernacle of the living God. He created me, He chose me, He came to dwell in me, because he wanted me. Now that you know how much God is in love with you, it is but natural that you spend the rest of your life radiating that love.” // Saint Teresa of Calcutta