"My father cheated on my mom. Cheated on his family. Cheated on me.
Being a little girl, having my father basically go out looking for a new family, hurt me more than I could ever explain. I closed my heart and told myself that I was unworthy for any kind of love. My own father, couldn’t even love me. The one person who’s supposed to love me no matter what. Therefore, no one could.
Then I started going to church. I saw everyone talk about this amazing loving God and the relationship that they had with Him. It seemed so real.
I wanted it.
But I couldn’t open my heart. I couldn’t chance that pain again. And I thought that maybe I just wasn’t meant for God’s love.
I wish I could say God's love filled me up overnight, but it didn't. It took years to be able to open my heart fully and trust in Him.
Finally, in spite of my anxiety, I did it. I realized that God loves me no matter what. That there’s no single person He chooses not to Love. Even me.
Now I can say I know a love greater than all. A love that never hurts."
Colossians 2:13-14 (The Message)-"When you were stuck in your old sin-dead life, you were incapable of responding to God. God brought you alive—right along with Christ! Think of it! All sins forgiven, the slate wiped clean, that old arrest warrant canceled and nailed to Christ’s cross. He stripped all the spiritual tyrants in the universe of their sham authority at the Cross."
God heals even the hardest of hearts. Those beaten by pain, division and a lost sense of home. No matter what has happened around you or to you, God overcame it all through love.
May you open up to this love and seize the story you're heart's been yearning for.