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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Faith Discovery Challenge #8 - {Unconditional Love}

There was a time that I felt like nobody cared and that I had no one to trust my heart with because I always felt like the moment I’d let someone grow close to me, I would just end up being hurt. I felt that if someone really knew all my faults and weaknesses, it would just give them a reason to shut the door and leave. Deep down, I felt alone and wanted so desperately for someone to care about me regardless of the things that aren’t perfect about me or my life. When I came to know the Lord in my early years of being a Christian, I still had so many insecurities about myself and kept this guard up so that no one would be able to see how vulnerable I was. There was this distance that I kept between myself and everyone I met. I just felt like I needed to protect myself even though I knew I was being surrounded by so many well-meaning, compassionate, and godly people who only wanted to help me grow and mature in my relationship with God.

Shortly after being settled in my new church home, I began to open up and met this wonderful young man who became nothing to me but, a very good friend or should I say ‘brother in Christ’. I actually felt like I could be myself with him and share everything about the person I am, even things of my worldly past without feeling at all embarrassed. It was a wonderful feeling to be honest with myself and know that this person honestly still cared about me despite my past. He made me realize that God does love and care about me even when we I mistakes or have fallen short. His friendship was one I had never known in my entire life, one that was literally genuine and real. Eight years later, he is still my best friend and also the man I’m happily married to! We’ve been through so many changes and so many struggles in life but, as time went by we have learned that nothing can separate the love we have regardless of how imperfect we are. God would reveal to us every day that His love is faithful. We’ve grown to always turn to the Lord when we fall short and know that when we repent and ask forgiveness, God is faithful to forgive and His love is unfailing. He is our rock, our redeemer, our everlasting Father! And forever, He will keep us close to Him if we seek Him and love Him with all of our hearts…

As I think back of all the things that I did against the Lord’s will, and wonder how can God still love a person like me? Have you ever thought that? Even today, I feel so undeserving of His love and grace as He continues to bless my life. I believe we all should be reminded of the unconditional love of our Savior who died for us. I know that every challenge so far has been about the love of Christ and how it cost His life to give us salvation. I just can’t stress it enough how amazing His love is that even when we fail, He never fails. His love can never be measured nor will anything we do to fall short is ever too much for Him to not love us. No matter what we do, we can never change His love for us. His love is eternal and endless and what a privilege it is to belong to Him!

Here are some verses that have spoken to me during this challenge:

Psalm 103:12 – “So far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”

Romans 8:38-39 - For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

1 John 1:9 - If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Romans 5:8 - But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.


Challenge #8Create a layout of what unconditional love is to you. What things has God revealed to you about His love for you even when you feel like you don’t deserve it. We know Christ loved us unconditionally and went to the cross for our sins... But, what are some of your experiences? With your spouse, children, family or friend? Maybe someone taught you the meaning of what it means to love someone despite their failures or mistakes. Or maybe someone loved you enough despite all of your imperfections.
Whatever it may be, let God speak to your heart and have Him reveal His love to you in a deeper way...

Here is my layout:

All designs are from this week's free collab kit, "Unconditional Love". See below!

Be sure to upload your layouts to gallery for this week's challenge!

This week's giveaway is a lot bigger than what we've normally been giving so, I hope you leave us some love and post some comments! Also, it would be great to see your work using this kit so, please share in our gallery! Also, I know a lot of people enjoy our freebies we give each week for these challenges but, haven't been able to participate... So, even if you can't do some of our challenges it would be great if you could let others know about our site so, they can also be blessed to meet us and know all about Faith Sisters! Thank you very much for supporting us and please come back again each week for more challenges to deepen your faith!

This week's collaboration, Unconditional Love, will be free for one week only! If you come back and missed the free access, don't worry because you can find it in our shop under "Collaborative" as well as our past collaboration kits. Enjoy!

Unconditional Love

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3 comments:

Mijn oase design said...

O, whow, great story! It lookes like you've written for me! Thanks so much.
I'll still lately for my challenges, I'm busy with moving to another house, I have this day off, maybe I can scrap tonight!
Thanks again for this encouragement to me!

L said...

You have no idea how much I want to participate in this challenge (as well as all of the past ones). Hopefully I can get myself in gear!!

Vicky Kelly said...

awesome challenge! I am planning to do this one. I hope I can do paper instead of digi, I do dabble in digi but just have loved heading into my room at night & pouring my heart into a paper lo.