My own love story with Jesus is actually a story of rebound.
I was desperate. Instead of a heading to the altar I headed into heartache. The serious relationship I was in ended. Empty and alone; my heart was scared and scarred. Elevating this man to a lofty place in my heart was a serious mistake. The cavity that was left was not something I was prepared for.
What could fill a hole that size? Something bigger than a man, bigger than a career. Could Jesus offer that? Knowing Him as my shepherd, my friend, my savior was how I grew up. But I felt I needed something more; maybe the more was in Him.
Moving boxes in my warehouse job, I cried out to God, asking Him to fill the cavern. He could, I knew it, I just didn’t know how or what that would look like. He promises that if we will seek Him we will find Him if we search for Him with all of our heart. I began my pursuit.
During my quest, a verse changed my entire perspective; on Him. On life. “I will betroth you to me forever; I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion. I will betroth you in faithfulness, and you will acknowledge the LORD.” Hosea 2:19 – 20 (NIV)
He came, in my heart, in that warehouse, offering to marry me. The King of the Universe was down on one knee proposing! He offered everything I desired. Everything I needed. The perfect marriage; the perfect relationship.
His proposal had so much to offer. Promising righteousness; that He would make decisions that were right for me every time. Justice – every action He took for me would be guided by truth, reason, and fairness. He offered love with no ulterior motives. He extended compassion; tenderness to remove my sorrow. He was faithful; giving certain love in an uncertain world. Everything He offered was beyond what any human relationship could promise.
Taking Him at His word, I threw all of me into Him. Writing out this verse and others, I posted them in the warehouse.
Zephaniah 3:17 “The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” (NIV). He told me I wasn’t alone. He calmed the anxiety of my wanting heart.
“The king is enthralled by your beauty…” Psalm 45:11 (NIV) filled my desire to be found beautiful.
Song of Solomon 2:16a stated “My lover is mine and I am his…” assured me that even if there was never on man on this planet who wanted me; He did!
This truth changed everything. It completely revolutionized my relationship with Jesus and radically changed the way that I saw myself.
Years passed; our love grew stronger. Out of our relationship, Jesus sparked a passion; a passion to share with girls this side of Jesus that they also needed. Many don’t know He is what they want. Searching for value, love and significance they grab after boys, sports, the internet, girlfriends.
Things aren’t really different for us girls as we get older, is it. Desperately looking for that thing, that someone, who will fill our hearts. Men, careers, kids, food. As women we want to be wanted. We want to feel valuable.
Jesus is flipped-out, madly in love with women of all ages – from 13 to 103. This passionate love is what our hearts crave; it is what we were created for. On those days when our husbands can do nothing right, we wonder why we had kids and our work drowns us in its wake, His love fills the wanting. The things of this world can never make us fully happy. Things or other people can’t fill us; we were created to find fulfillment in Jesus alone.
Whether you have known Him as your Savior for fifty years or have yet to know Him, this truth stays the same. Jesus alone satisfies.
Do you know a young woman whose life would be transform if she found this truth? Maybe you are just the person God wants to use to bring that truth to her! Next Monday on my site under “Freebies”, There you will find a free leadership guide where you can walk a young girl through “His Revolutionary Love”. Providing practical tools and thought provoking questions, it will take all the guess work out of sharing this life transforming love!