God’s thoughts toward me are kind

When I was younger, my mind seemed much more organized. I could multi-task fairly well and hold a thought for longer than thirty seconds. That all changed when I had children.

After each of my littles was born, it felt like my mind was caught in the dangerous edges of a cyclone. Whipping, spinning, wild and unruly. I couldn’t grasp the simplest thing. If someone asked me what I was thinking, I was just as likely to tell them I couldn’t remember as to offer some pitiful thread of consciousness. I’m so thankful God brought me out of that. And I’m thankful for today’s confession because it illustrates the greatness of this God who loves us and calls us to Himself.

God’s thoughts toward me are kind.

Psalm 40:5 tells us that His works are wonderful. In the next sentence, we learn that His thoughts toward us are too many to be numbered. Doesn’t it follow, then, that His many thoughts toward us are wonderful? Doesn’t it also make sense that He would send His Son to die for us only if His thoughts toward us are kind?

I’ve been thinking the last few days about Valentine’s day and what it means to me, a very silly, romantic-type girl who is married to a very logical, un-romantic-type man. In a nutshell, it means I can plan my own gift if I want one and he doesn’t even realize February 14th is marked in red and pink. But God is the ultimate love. He is patient, forgiving, and just. His gifts and His call can never be removed. His love is everlasting. And His thoughts toward me are kind.

Will you include God, the ultimate love, in your Valentine’s day plans?

God’s love for me is everlasting

I spent most of my Valentine’s days alone before I met my husband (and I didn’t marry the most romantic man), so it’s not my favorite holiday. I always longed to get a note or a flower or a special smile that let me know I was in someone’s thoughts. I didn’t really consider the One who made Valentine’s day. After all, we love because He first loved us.

So I turn to the ultimate love note and find promises that take my breath away. Like Jeremiah 31:3. “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.”

Well, that just gives me warm tingles. Everlasting is a cool word, I think. It reminds me of fairy tales, strong music, and timelessness. When I pair it with God’s love for me, ‘cool’ just doesn’t describe it.

How do I consider everlasting? Timeless is a good way. Strong. Or I could use the No Matter What principle. Here’s how it goes:

The person I love most just said I’m ugly, incompetent, and a waste of their time. God loves me no matter what.

I say some very mean thing to someone who had a rotten day, effectively destroying their spirit. God loves me no matter what.

I kick a puppy across the street. God loves me no matter what.

I allow myself to be used, abused, turned inside out, stomped on, branded, and snuffed out. God loves me. No. Matter. What. Unconditional. Forever. Eternity. Without end. That’s the No Matter What principle, and that’s everlasting.

God’s love for me is everlasting.

In Isaiah 54:8, God says that with everlasting love, He has compassion on us. We can’t stop or change His love for us, and no one can take us away from Him once we’ve made the decision.

Everlasting, people. Confess the truth with me today and every time you feel alone or invisible. God’s love for me is everlasting. Write that on a frilly heart and stick it to your computer monitor!

What do you love or hate about Valentine’s Day?