What does God’s love feel like? Oh, let me tell you—it’s the most wonderful feeling you will ever experience. To think of it can reduce me to a puddle of tears. It’s that amazing. Particularly if you’ve never felt a parent’s love or didn’t learn about Him until later in life, and when you reflect on the times He saved you from the fowler’s snare, this can induce strong emotions.
In Psalm 91:2-4 NIV, we read,
I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
How awesome it is that He demonstrated His love for you. Even before you came to acknowledge Him as your Savior, He still loved you. Romans 5:8 NIV reads,
But God demonstrated his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
While we were yet sinners, Jesus died for us. He knew you and protected you because He knew you would come to know and love Him one day.
Conceived in a janitor’s closet of a mental hospital, life didn’t get better for me from there. But even though I was enduring the worst circumstances imaginable, He protected and guided me. When I was being abused as a child, the Lord helped me to think about other things, almost like I wasn’t in the traumatic situation. He also protected me as a twelve-year-old in circumstances I encountered when I hitchhiked across the country in the search of my father. When I was a young, single mother of two, there were countless ways he saved me.
Shortly before my wedding, my fiancé was murdered. I lost everything and became homeless. Yet pennies from heaven rained upon us: rebate checks from various bills overpaid from years before; anonymous checks came in the mail whose source was untraceable; payments were made on utility bills; and extra money appeared in my bank account without a transaction ever being made. I am grateful the Lord help me and my children to reestablish some sense of normalcy while I was grieving this loss.
When God reached for me when I was in the lowest depths of despair and grief, I was smart enough to grab on. I knew, without a doubt, that God loved me and was seeing me through to victory. John 3:16 became real to me and I surrendered my life to Christ.
Convinced beyond a reasonable doubt of Someone greater than myself, my children witness to the testimony, we joined a church and were baptized as a family a year later.
Through complete strangers, His guidance, blessings, and love continues. I am part of a family larger than I could ever hope for. Psalm 27: 10 and Psalm 68:5 assures us God becomes a father to the fatherless. He did that for me. He can do the same for you.
Even though I have been diagnosed with a progressive terminal brain disease, the sand of my hourglass slowly slipping away, I am not afraid, and I have surrendered every day of my life—whether there are many or few—to the One who has always been with me. To Him I owe a debt of gratitude. I’m in awe of what happens when I let go and let God have the reigns.
As I reflect upon my life, it amazes me how, with all the billions of people in the world, He somehow makes each one of us feel like His favorite. I feel like I am His one and only daughter. And friend, I hope God’s amazing love helps you to know you are His favorite too.
God does not promise will not have difficulties to overcome because since the time of original sin, when Adam and Eve fell, we too live in a fallen world. No matter what circumstance you face, grasp the hand of the Almighty, press into His awe-inspiring presence, and abide there. He will be with you, and He will help you through. Know this–He loves you so much!
Let me close with Psalm 91:1 NIV,
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
To me, this verse assures me that God’s presence will override any situation of our fallen world. Through the tough situations I’ve gone through, I have seen His hand cancel the evil and bring me through with a praise still in my heart. To my God, and to Jesus my Savior, and to the Holy Spirit who makes His presence real, I say, “Thank You.”
Heavenly Father, thank You that no matter the circumstance, You are with me, Your presence is tangible, and Your love is never-ending. Thank You for placing an unshakable praise within me at all times and at all places. In Jesus’ matchless Name I pray. Amen.
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Elise has been writing creative fiction since she was eight years old. She holds several Associate of Arts degrees; one in Liberal Arts, two in Social Sciences, and one Technical. Throughout her college education she maintained her membership with the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, was a single mother of two, and taught college-level English to fellow ESL students.
A Promise Kept was Elise’s first book, a partial memoir, for which she received the 2010 Readers Favorite Award. It was featured in More magazine, and in a local newspaper. In June of that same year, The National Association of Professional Women featured Elise as Author of the Month.
Elise has recently finished her complete memoir, Wildflower.
She is working on a true story, embellished with a fictitious flair, entitled With Only a Horse.
Elise lives with her husband Roberto in Woodinville, Washington. She has two grown children, Dale and Lexi. She is proud to share that her son served his country in the United States Navy. Elise enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, homemaking, and writing.