Strength for the Soul

ARTICLES OF ENCOURAGEMENT: WHEN YOUR HEART LONGS FOR MORE

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As Valentine's Day approaches, this is often a time when women find themselves longing for more.

Whether your husband appears inattentive to your needs, your boyfriend appears uninterested, or you don't have a man in your life at all, this is actually the time to celebrate what you do have.

God is One who loves you more desperately than anyone ever could. And He did some pretty radical things to show it.

"See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands..." God says in Isaiah 49:16. God has tattooed us on His palms! That is desperate.

"...I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her" (Hosea 2:14). He strategizes to get us back. That is desperate.

He counts the number of hairs on our heads (Matthew 10:30), records our days in a book (Psalm 139:16), and saves our tears in a bottle (Psalm 56:8). Now that is desperate...almost obsessive!

If we took a good long look at what love really is, we'd recognize that it's right in front of us and we wouldn't be so easily disappointed by others or seduced by the substitutes.

God's Love is Eternal

Unlike anyone on this earth, God has always known you. And He has always loved you. In the Bible, God tells us, through the Prophet Jeremiah:

I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving kindness. (Jeremiah 31:3)

An everlasting love. That means there was no beginning to it and there's no end to it, either. It always was. It always will be. That is endless love.

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