One-a-Day Wednesday, 8/6/14

number 1Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. (James 1:17).

He wants good things for you.

He has given good things to you.

I’m going to let you in on a little secret, Beloved.

Sometimes I doubt God.

Oh, I don’t doubt that he’s there, or that he’s Almighty God.  I don’t doubt the truth of the Resurrection or that he’s coming back for us one day.

It’s just that, after so many years of following him, there are still moments when, in the secret places of my heart, I doubt that he loves me.

I mean, why would he?

Now, I know that you’re way past all that nonsense, and your faith is unshakeable.  But, just for kicks, let me tell you what I do when moods of doubt take hold of me.

I count my blessings.

Yes, it sounds trite, but I’m telling you it works.  Stay with me here. This verse tells us that every good gift is from God, right?  And people give gifts to those they love, right?  And God is not fickle, loving one minute and hating the next—if he loves, he loves, right?

So, as I count the good things in my life, I can take each one as tangible proof of his love.

And there really are so many good things.

When I start counting, I invariably come around to counting the people I love.  That’s when I stop.  See, when I consider all the hearts I hold in mine, and I think that each of them is a sign of God’s love for me, my doubts stutter and go silent.

Anyway, that’s probably just me.  But, as you go through your day, take a moment or two or twenty and think about the great gifts that are yours.

Then think about the great Giver.

And know that you are loved.

Happy Wednesday, Beloved.

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