Book 40 of My Love Story

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There are so many people out there who are looking for love, only to be disappointed, disillusioned and dissatisfied. They program themselves with Hollywood’s version thinking that is true love, then when they marry they realize that was a fantasy, nothing vaguely familiar with what they’re experiencing. Relationship after relationship, they try to duplicate what’s been programed into them, but nothing seems to satisfy the deep longing in their soul for love.

My friend, you can stop looking now because your true love is God. I know, you want someone you can actually wrap your arms around, someone to share life with, perhaps have children together. Look no further! Love has found you.

If your spirit isn’t totally satisfied with the love that only God’s Spirit can provide, then you will never be satisfied with a flesh man or woman. No matter how hard you try, if your spirit doesn’t know love, you will have no reservoir to draw from to give out to others. Only God can satisfy the deep longing in you for love.

Walt and I will celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary on Valentines Day, so I think I know what I’m talking about. I had a great relationship with God before we were married, but marriage has a way of magnifying all faults until they consumed me and tried to blind me to the good I’d once seen in him. I hadn’t realized it, but I had taken my focus from God and placed it on man, putting all the responsibility to have my needs met by someone just as human as I.

But God has a way to cause our hearts to be hungry for Him again. He told me, “You work on you, I’ll work on him.” As soon as I began to place my focus and trust back on God, my love for Walt came back. I no longer placed pressure on him to meet my needs because my needs were being met by the love of God. Only He can truly satisfy the deep longings for love, man in himself is ill equipped to do that.

As long as I spend time with God every day, Walt just naturally wants to be with me, to love me, talk with me and have fun with me. It doesn’t mean we don’t still have problems, it means we have someone perfect as an example of real love. I’m no longer fearful of being left alone because as long as I continue keeping God as my focus, I will never, ever be alone.

I John 3:18-20 Msg; My dear children, let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love. This is the only way we’ll know we’re living truly, living in God’s reality. It’s also the way to shut down debilitating self-criticism, even when there is something to it. For God is greater than our worried hearts and knows more about us than we do ourselves.

Thank You, Father for giving me the capacity to love You. Not because I’ve done anything to deserve it, You marked me for love. My story is constantly being updated. It’s book 40 of a continuing saga. It’s better than man could write because it’s OUR love story. You constantly surprise me by showing me more and more of Yourself. All this love enables me to love others more. Continue to wow me today with this strong, deep and abiding love. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

 

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