"Long before He laid down the earth's foundations, He had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of His love, to be made whole and holy by His love." (Ephesians 1:4-5, Msg.)

As I lay down to sleep last night the words of Paul comforted my heart.  It is amazing that before time itself, you had a plan for us.  Because of your love we have life, and life that is made full by you!  Thank you for wanting us and making us part of your family!  I pray that as you continue to shape and grow me, you are pleased.  In Jesus' name, Amen.

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  1. I love the reminder here that God wants us. Lovely.

  2. To be loved by God is such a gift! Knowing that I am part of His plan encourages me each day!

  3. Joan,
    It is so wonderful to meet you and your picture with Scripture is beautiful. A wonderful way to start the day. Thanks for linking to Wednesday's Word. We are together in this for God.

  4. Hi Janis! I'm glad you were encouraged today! Blessings, Joan

  5. Hopped from Wednesday's Word. Thank you for the reminder that He has us on His mind!

  6. Welcome! I'm glad you stopped by! Yes, it is so reassuring to remember that God loves us!

  7. This was beautiful, Joan. I re-worded the first part of that verse to make it personal:

    "Long before I laid down the earth's foundations, I had you, Sharon, in mind, had settled on you as the focus of My love..."

    Oh, my goodness - I have spiritual goosebumps at the wonder of that truth!


  8. Isn't it amazing, Sharon, that He thought (and thinks) of us each individually? What an honor it is to be loved by God!


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