We Are God’s Beloved

Welcome to Beloved Prodigal! Today, we would like to introduce a new Team member to you, who is also sharing her words with us today. Joy is a grateful grace embracer and a keen encourager, who has a special affinity with those recovering from a painful past, life’s lost, abused, broken and hurting ones. She is a woman on a mission to share the hope and joy we have in Jesus. We are so thankful to God for growing our Team.

We are currently praying for direction about our weekly posts – how often we post and what the Lord would have us focus on. We hope to be able to share more about this soon. For now, we are leaving room for our writing team to share as the Lord directs them, whether what they share fits within one of our categories or not. For now, we will continue to only post something on Mondays to leave space to pray and develop what the Lord places on our heart.

May God open our hearts here today also to receive the words He has given Joy to share with us all.

 

We Are God’s Beloved

Do you believe you are lovable, beloved even? It’s not easy to trust when you’ve had love distorted for you in the past. God’s word calls us His Beloved, His cherished sons and daughters but it’s a concept many of us still struggle with, no matter how long we have walked with Him.

 

I came to faith in Christ over 40 years ago and shame still creeps in, causing me to hide away and cringe. Sin doesn’t leave us alone. It crouches at the door of our heart, seeking admittance, attacking where we are weak and vulnerable.

 

My background set me up for falsely assuming guilt I didn’t deserve, because my child-heart, body and mind were wrongly taken advantage of. Guilt and shame continue to trip me up sometimes, trying to persuade me I am out of the reach of God’s forgiveness and love.

 

But that’s not true at all. That’s not how God sees you or me. You and I have infinite worth and value in His eyes. We matter. We are God‘s Beloved, given a new identity through faith in our Lord, Jesus Christ.

 

Satan suggests we’re not enough, spitefully points out our imperfections. God gently holds us close, understands our weaknesses and knows we are works-in-progress by His grace.

 

The prayer below was birthed in a broken place. It is for all who need a fresh reminder of how cherished and valued they are in God’s sight. I pray it will encourage your heart today.

 

Father,
I’m not the wise woman of faith that others might think I am, or I desire to be. I am still a work in progress in so many ways. You alone know the hidden reality, the truth of my wayward heart, where all my flaws and failings are. Those places where I am too broken to be fixed, except by yourself.

Yet in the knowing you do not despise or turn away. You come closer still. You tenderly cup my wounds and broken places, hold onto the tears where life has ripped me apart. Yours are eyes of deepest compassion and love. There is no condemnation here.

Where I might anticipate or expect a ticking off for not measuring up, not having what it takes to shine for you and make a positive mark for the Kingdom of God, I instead receive mercy, forgiveness and grace. I receive hope to begin again where I have failed.

Your arms are open wide to receive your beloved prodigal daughter, who now runs to your side with sheer relief and joy. How small I feel and yet so large in your sight, as you dress me in a robe of righteousness, provide a seat within your house, remind me that I am an adopted sibling to Jesus and made complete in him.

I love that you truly see inside our sinful souls with all their baggage, detritus and mess, and still you welcome all who heed your call to come, return and be comforted by your love, when we deserve nothing but rejection instead.

How my heart leaps when dejection has muffled your voice and yet you find a way to penetrate the fog of isolation and pain. You eagerly run after your sons and daughters, longing above all for our hearts, for us to turn to you in everything we’re going through.

And so I come, weak woman and wounded soldier that I am. I come not only because I can but because your love draws me close like a golden thread. There are times when I am barely holding on by my fingertips, and then I see the rope of Hope is still holding me, reminding me that change for the better exists.

Thank you, Lord, for loving us so much. Thank you for always being here for us. Thank you for reminding all who are feeling inadequate, shamed, lost and alone that you value them above all things and are always holding them close.
Amen

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  1. Dear Joy,
    I am so grateful that God has allowed you to become part of the team here! What a precious respite your words are today. While I am praying so much for my loved ones to realize and accept how beloved of God they are, I need to let Him touch my own heart in that same way! It’s so important to find those slow, quiet moments and let my heart hold onto these thoughts: “How my heart leaps when dejection has muffled your voice and yet you find a way to penetrate the fog of isolation and pain. You eagerly run after your sons and daughters, longing above all for our hearts, for us to turn to you in everything we’re going through.” Hugs and Love to you, dear friend!

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  2. Dear Bettie, long after we are saved by grace, God continues to remind us of our prodigal status, how easily we can slip away from closely following Him. Yet He chases after us all, desiring our heart’s devotion as ardently as we desire our lost loved ones to turn to Him. I’m so thankful that God never gives up on us! Thank you for the warm welcome here. Blessings, love and hugs! xo ❤

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  3. I am so grateful God runs after us with such intense love, Joy. Even penetrating the fog of our dejection and our walls of pain. This part of the prayer especially speaks to me – “Yet in the knowing you do not despise or turn away. You come closer still. You tenderly cup my wounds and broken places, hold onto the tears where life has ripped me apart. Yours are eyes of deepest compassion and love. There is no condemnation here.” We’re so quick to condemn ourselves, but it’s so amazing how He never even thinks of condemning us. Thank you for this encouragement! Love and hugs to you!

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    1. Trudy, would you believe those words hit home to me too as I read them again? This has been a day of being mired in misery for no accountable reason, apart from the lingering after-effects of super wearying viral illness. It’s really hard to admit to feeling that way, especially when my name is Joy! And yet, in the confessing I have also sensed God drawing near and drawing me to Himself with gentle cords of compassion. Although exercising self-compassion can be a challenge when we feel low. Therefore your words: “We’re so quick to condemn ourselves” are so apt for how I have been behaving. Thank you, dear friend, for pointing me back to Jesus with your comment. I’m so thankful “He never even thinks of condemning us”, as you have said, because it’s such a freeing thought. Sending love and gratitude hugs to you! ❤

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  4. Dear Joy, what a beautiful post and such reassuring, encouraging words that God loves us so much and always will. Reading your post reminded me of some words in a song of Michael Card. The song is “Jubilee” and the words are:
    “…to be so completely guilty given over to despair
    to look into your judges face and see a Savior there…”
    He forgives and continues to love.
    Blessings to you, dear Joy! xoxo

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    1. Oh yes, He does! It’s a wonderful, encouraging thought to store deep in mind and heart. Once again I stand convicted of finding it difficult to forgive myself sometimes, while my Lord and Saviour never holds a grudge and He always “forgives and continues to love.” Amen! Thank you for this sweet encouragement. Blessings and love to you, dear Gayl! xo ❤

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  5. Hi Joy,
    I’m so glad to hop over here and continue reading your beautiful words in this thought-provoking post. I’m so grateful that God showers his love on us even when we feel unworthy of it. Steeping ourselves in his thoughts for us can crowd out the voices and thoughts that can derail us. Thank you for bravely sharing your story and words with us to inspire and encourage! xo

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  6. Hi Valerie, it’s a joy to see you here, my friend! I’m so glad you hopped over too. You have certainly given me food for thought with your encouraging comment. This is something I need to heed and do more of, especially after struggling for several days with such awful, low, destructive thoughts that stole the joy right out of my soul: “Steeping ourselves in his thoughts for us can crowd out the voices and thoughts that can derail us.” Amen, indeed they can! I value the wisdom in your words. Thank you! It seems that everyone who has commented has also been the means of God speaking hope and encouragement back into my soul. How good is that?! xo ❤

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  7. Yes, it never ceases to awe and amaze me, Lesley. God’s love and faithfulness never grow stale. It’s also lovely to be able to share my words in this sweet community whose ministry is dear to my heart. Thanks for being here, my friend. It’s good to see so many familiar faces! 😊💜

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  8. Hello Stella, it’s lovely to hear how you’ve been blessed by reading this post. God’s love overwhelms me at times. It was what first drew me to faith in Christ. Not a heightened sin awareness but a deep down awe and wonder because of His amazing grace. May you continue to be touched by the wonder of God’s love. PS: you have the same name as my sister, which is a sweet surprise and a joy to me! Bless you, my friend. xo 💜

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  9. I’m so glad it spoke to you, Brenda! It never ceases to amaze me how God’s hope infiltrates our darkest days and how He pours the balm of His love on all our wounded places. We are held close far more than we realise. Blessings and hugs! 😊💜

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