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I’m honored once again to have one of my devotions featured over at A Word For Women. I struggled with this one for days – so many possible angles and ways to write about God’s love. When it finally came, I couldn’t stop writing about the many ways  . . . praying this will touch your heart and move it closer to His.
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song of songs
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‘How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.’
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
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It’s always made me a little uncomfortable
anytime our relationship with God is set in a romantic context.
Falling in love with God.
Just doesn’t seem right to look it like that.
Maybe it’s my German-Lutheran upbringing.
Yet as I study more about Him
delving deeper in the Word,
I see the Bible as one long love letter to me –
to each of us.
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How many times does He say “I love you”?
Over and over again, it’s written with every stroke of pen.
From the very beginning, when I turned my back on Him in the Garden of Eden
lied and hid from Him,
He still sought me,
and gave me a promise that would demonstrate the greatness of His love.
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Through the books of the Old Testament,
when the obstinate people of Israel constantly turned from Him
He said, “I have loved you.”
Isn’t that me?
Every thoughtless sin a slap in His face,
every time I insist on doing life my way,
His heart hurts,
yet still He says, “I love you.”
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How can I read Song of Songs and not see it?
The vastness and tenderness of a love so deep and personal.
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Woven through the life of Jesus
every act was done out of love,
every motive was love
even the cross . . .
the ultimate act of love
each step taken to Calvary
was taken with a heart full of love.
And even though I pounded nails in His hands
He. Still. Loves. Me.
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How can I not fall in love with a God who loves me like that?
A God who relentlessly pursues me,
who holds my bare heart, sees me and knows me
yet loves me unconditionally –
no matter what I have done
or how many times I have done it
He forgives
And He. Still. Loves. Me.
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He woos me with daily reminders of His love.
Each blessing a gift
for me to unwrap and see
that nothing, absolutely nothing
can separate me from His love.
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Who can say that about any relationship?
No matter how many times your heart has been broken, hurt, or disappointed,
I challenge you to take this love dare:
Open yourself up and dare to be loved like this.
Trust your heart to the One who treasures you and will never hurt you.
Open your eyes to see the gifts He lavishes on you.
Open those love letters bound within Scripture,
it’s there that He’s waiting to say to you:
“How do I love Thee? Let me count the ways.”
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Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; 
for love is as strong as death, 
   its jealousy unyielding as the grave. 
It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame.
–  Song of Songs 8:6
blessings,
Tracy

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love letters ~ part one

don’t you just love getting letters?

they make me feel so special

especially in this age of texting and emails

handwritten letters have become a lost art

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today, being valentine’s day, reminds me of love letters

and my favorite love letter of all is one that we each have received

yet it seems so personal – like it was written just for me

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it’s the love letter from our loving God which was written ages ago, and yet it speaks to my heart today

like it was written just for me

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all those beautiful words that he uses to tell me how much he loves me

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 He is jealous for me

he wants my whole heart

because he loves me with all of his

For as high as the heavens are above the earth, 
   so great is his love for those who fear him; Psalm 103:11

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his love for me is so strong and powerful

 like a hurricane

flooding me with waves of grace and mercy

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Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; 
for love is as strong as death, 
   its jealousy unyielding as the grave. 
It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame. –  Song of Songs 8:6

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his love for me runs so deep

so deep that he willingly gave his life for me

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

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he loves you SO much, too

he loves you just as you are

only his love can fill all the empty places in your heart

only his love is everlasting

and never fails

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:38-39 

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revel in his great love for you today

happy valentine’s day

blessings (cont)

11. handmade valentines

12. conversation hearts

13. loveliness in everyday things

14. hearts in nature

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