P3: You are loved

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When I was a freshman in high school, I brought home my first boyfriend. As if that wasn’t nerve-wracking enough, my dad gave the poor boy a little bit of an interrogation. Here’s how that conversation went:

Dad to boy: What’s your dream car?
Boy: A Maserati!
Dad: What if I told you I had a Maserati sitting in the garage right now. Do you think I’d let you take it out for a spin?
Boy: Um, no.
Dad: That’s right. Now, I care about my daughter more than any car on this planet and I’m letting you take her out. So I expect that you will respect her and take very good care of her while you are out. Got it?
Boy: Yes, sir.

As mortifying as that was in the moment, I look back now and see a true testament to a father’s love for his daughter.

And that’s how God feels about us! He loves us more than anything else in this universe. Our relationship with Him is what He desires most.

Psalm 86:15 saysBut you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.”

If you’ve had a hard day, week, month or even year, He wants you to know you are loved.
If you’ve royally messed up, He wants you to know you are loved.
If you’re hurting, He wants you to know you are loved.

Rest in His faithfulness and know YOU ARE LOVED by a Heavenly Father who wants the best for His children.

Prayer: Lord, you are sovereign and I am a wretch, yet you love me and extend daily grace. Thank you for loving me and being merciful, not because of who I am, but because of who You are. Help me to know within my core that you love me, even when things are hard. I pray I can show others the same love, grace & mercy just as You have done for me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

FullSizeRender 2Brittany Turco, pictured here in all her 15 year old glory, lives in Wilsonville with her husband of 13 years and three children, ages 11, 8 and 5. Fifteen year old Brittany enjoyed playing volleyball, basketball and softball and hanging out with friends. She now enjoys watching her own kids play sports and hanging out with friends and family (some things never change).

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