I Still Love You {#Write31Days of Affirmation}

Tonight I want to encourage you to hold faith, and do not give up. God has good in store for you and I. It may look like the encroaching darkness will win, but it won’t because God is our victor, and He leads us victoriously. Today was one of those days I would have loved to have hit the “Do Over” button. Epic fail doesn’t even begin to cover the tomfoolery of the day, but I’m choosing to hold on to hope and faith despite the gnarlyness of the day.

For my 31 Days of Affirmation today, I’m sharing some words I’ve written before because they are just as timely know as they were when I first penned them earlier this year. But this time, I turned those words into a new creation, and they look nothing like they did before. I hope they will encourage you too. It is part pray and part poem. Above all, remember this, nothing you can do is ever going to make God love you any less. His love is strong, and wide, and fierce.

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I Still Love You

You have known my soul in adversity.
You have witnessed my squandering of Your extravagant grace.
You have heard me curse the wind because my faith seemed to fail.
You have held me together when there was no more fight left within me.
You have seen me wander far off course nearing the brink of failure.
Yet, you love me.
Constantly, you love me.
Your love for me neither wavers nor wanes.
In the quiet of my pain, I hear you whisper over and over again …
“I still love you.”

In my darkest moments, You do not shy away from me.
When doused with sin and worldly contempt, You offer me Your arms spread out in bloody sacrifice on a wooden Cross.
Restoration is your anthem as you pursue me constantly.
You lead me to wide spaces where I can rest with hope.
Your mercy and grace increase even when my yearning for You decreases.
You remain faithful.
In the quiet night’s condemnation, I hear You sing over and over again …
“I still love you.”

No matter what I am walking through, You remember me
Your desire is for me.
I cannot quit You, God.
For where else will I find life and freedom.
I trust You implicitly, for I know my Lord is near.
These gifts You bestow bring full restoration and a heart renewed.
My life and body are healed and redeemed.
You, oh Holy One, watch over me.
I know I am wanted and adored.
It’s far more than I deserve.
In the quiet of my reflecting, I hear You clearly and ardently say over and over again …
“I still love you.”

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This is day 2 of my 31 Days of Affirmation. In this series I’ll affirm hope, faith, truth, and encouragement even when life is troubling. Particularly the series ponders what it means to hold on to those things that are good, right, noble, honorable, true, and lovely even when life isn’t so pretty. This means, at least for me, I need to engage and practice and activate my faith as I believe it bolsters my hope. I do this by affirming truth even in the storm. You can read all the series post here. I hope you’ll be encouraged.

 

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