Jesus Loves Even Me

"It is one thing to know that God loves the world,
but it is quite another to know God loves "me."
We can sing of His love and omnipresence with the crowd 
and easily believe God is aware of our corporate efforts to love and serve Him.
Yet in spite of what we know, we have a hard time comprehending 
that God knows each of us intimately and understands us perfectly, as no one else can.

Before we will know the joy of God's presence,
we must come to the point when our hearts, not our heads, 
are convinced that our God is a personal God
We must be able to say with absolute confidence,
"He knows me. He loves me. He sees me."
The human heart longs for tangible proof of this fact-
proof that we can see, touch, or feel.
But God wants us to believe what He declares to be true in His Word.
He wants us to live by faith, not by "feel."

Psalm 139 is a personal, beautiful acknowledgement that God made,
knows, and sees every individual.
David was awed to know that he could never be out of God's sight,
that even in his mother's womb, God saw him and formed him."
{Taken from the book 'Glimpses of God' by Debi Pryde}

"And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us.
God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him."
~ 1 John 3:16 ~

Commit and Trust
Commit thy way unto the Lord.
All you need He will afford.
Never fret or be oppressed.
Commit and trust, delight and rest.

Trust in Him, His Word is true.
He will do what's right for you.
Praise the Name you have confessed.
Commit and trust, delight and rest.

Fret not! He's watching over you
Fret not! The Lord will see you thro'
Fret not! You're sure to stand the test,
Commit and trust, delight and rest.
~ Bill Harvey ~

Have a blessed Lord's Day, sweet friends!

P.S. - the peonies are from my garden :)
I hope you enjoyed them.


Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

ah precious flowers of God's creation Stephanie but even more precious promises from the Word of God to fill our hearts with love and joy and strength for the journey, love in Him, Shaz in Oz.x

Debbie Harris said...

"Commit and trust delight and rest" what a beautiful thought and strong words to hide in my heart. This was a beautiful post and the flowers from your garden are just delightful!!

Thank you again for another wonderful post on the Lord's day!

Have a blessed day today and week ahead.

Much love

legato1958 said...

Your photography is so beautiful! Each flower is truly a miracle :)


Anonymous said...

Beautiful scripture and peonies Stephanie!

Kat said...

Beautiful Sunday post and beautiful flowers!
Happy Sunday! Hugs

Sherri B. said...

These are such good points that you make here. I have struggled with this but through my daily devotions have learned that He really does love me personally. Thank you for a sweet reminder of this.

Your peonies are just beautiful and I suspect that they smell delicious too. xo

Little Birdie Blessings said...

What an encouraging message today Stephanie, I needed that! Your peonies are absolutely stunning. Thank you so much for sharing what God had laid on your heart, and a piece of your garden. ~ Abby

Visits With Mary said...

Beautiful post for a beautiful SonDay!

Sarah said...

Beautiful peonies, Stephanie. And such an important message in your post today. Thank you so much for sharing, I love visiting here and always leave feeling uplifted. X

Robyn said...

Beautiful, powerful words, Stephanie. Thank you for the potent reminder.
Your photography is stunning! What a visual treat.

Natalie said...

A delightfully uplifting post, Stephanie. If we would just be able to comprehend the length, depth and width of the love of God we would walk in such joy and be blessed with His peace. Your photos of the peonies are gorgeous, thanks so much for sharing with us! God bless.

Vicky Hunt said...

I'm back from my trip and trying to catch up on my blog reading. I love the skirts you made in a previous post...they are all lovely! And this was such a beautifu & uplifting post Stephanie! I absolutely love the photos of your peonies. I so wish I could grow them here in Florida. They are such beautiful flowers to me...:) Thanks for sharing and have a beautiful week!

Blessings, Vicky
Life On Willie Mae Lane

UTs Hobby Time said...

Beautiful flowers and awesome clicks.

NanaDiana said...

Stephanie- What absolutely GORGEOUS pictures. Your post today is just a wonderful one- xo Diana

Anne Payne said...

Lovely, Stephanie. Your prose, images, heart. Thank you.

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

I enjoyed your message and your peonies! They are just gorgeous!

SarahGeorge said...

Yes, enjoyed the peonies and the message was a blessing to read :)

Conniecrafter said...

A Blessed time in our journey and relationship with God to know he loves us, faults and all and wants us to trust him with all we are and do!
Your pictures as always are a treat, God's gift to us, the beauty of his flowers!

Anonymous said...

Stephanie, thank you for the refreshing little devotional. God is so good!

Geneva said...

What a wonderful post ... beautiful message and beautiful photographs!

God's Grace Overflows said...

Love your pictures and Loved the post!
Such a sweet reminder that we are loved by God more than we will ever know.
I am so blessed to be the daughter of the One True King!
Thanks for sharing!

Have a wonderful day Stephanie!


Michele said...

Oh Stephanie, what lovely peonies, and what's even more beautiful is your reminder of Scripture and faith.

God's blessings be yours always.

Thanks for being such a faithful reader, my sweet lady.

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Hi Stephanie, thanks for stopping by and the tea is so good, you are going to love it. The flowers are sp pretty and I love looking at your blog. I hope all is well with you. Have a great week.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Absolutely beautiful post from the writing content to the gorgeous pictures of peonies! Uplifting!

vintage grey said...

A beautiful and powerful post!! Thank you for sharing such beauty!! Blessings, xo Heather

JES said...

Beautiful pictures for beautiful words! Thank you for the encouragement :)

Clara said...

Beautiful peonies Stephanie and a beautiful post. Enjoy your week.

Jazzmin said...

It was so wonderful to read this. The very first sentence was such a beautiful thing and reading on was so encouraging. I could not agree more that knowing God loves us is so much deeper and more meaningful when we have faith in our heart that He knows us and loves us individually! Your posts are always such a blessing.

Your flowers are just beautiful also! What a breathtaking garden. I think they tie into the meaning of your words too, in that looking at them is a good reminder of how if God took the time to create each and every beautiful little flower and all it's petals, then all the more so does he take the time to know US personally♥

Thankyou for this beautiful post. I hope you are having a lovely week!

Hugs and blessings to you~Jazzmin

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Terra said...

I like your peonies and how they are paired with Scripture.

Mindy said...

Beautiful words, beautiful flowers!

Unknown said...

Very Nice! I am looking high and low for the sheet music to the song, "Commit and Trust". Do you happen to have it? Thank-you so much!

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