The Lord your God is with you,
  He is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
  He will quiet you with His love,
  He will rejoice over you with singing.
                                      Zephaniah 3:17

This verse has been on my heart often in the past few weeks, and what an encouragement it is! Sometimes it’s easy to get focused on my own mistakes . . . at times I forget how much God truly delights in me, simply because I am His child!

But I truly believe that God loves each one of us, passionately. When we come to a place where we truly realize that — when we begin to comprehend the depth of God’s unconditional love for us — our hearts change. We begin to live in His love, to abide in Him.

We also begin to be transformed outwardly. As we realize how deeply God loves us, broken as we are, we begin to love those around us, broken as they are. And as we reach out in practical, natural ways, our entire world is transformed by the love of Christ.

Be encouraged, dear friends! We are loved. And because of that, we can love others. May God bless you as you reach out in His name.