“Petal”ing Through Life (Jesus Loves You!)

Written by: Jill Nelson

“He loves me (smile)…He loves me not (sigh)”. You remember this silly game a lot of us used to play and the feelings that came with each petal that was pulled off. Thinking back, did this ever help anything or improve our position with “that guy”? Honestly, just in our own thoughts. As adults, do we still play this game? Absolutely. Sometimes we are really good at playing this game with God’s love for us.

DaisyeditededitedThink about it, the “He loves me” petals represent “life is going the way I want it to” moments. The “He loves me not” petals stand for “life is not going the way I want it to” moments. In each of our lives, the “loves me not” petals represent different circumstances and events, realities and false perceptions. In my life, the biggest “He loves me not” petal is in the area of planning. I love having a plan, for everything. When I find myself in the moment of this particular petal, I begin saying things like “God, are You there, do You love me, what are You up to?” and “I need to know what’s going on!”

Through the years I have had many “come to Jesus moments”. I heard someone say, “What you feed is what grows”. In learning how to let my faith grow in this season, I’m seeing that He only offers the “He loves me” petals. That is what a loving God does!

As you examine the season of life you are in, what do the “He loves me not” petals represent? I challenge you to bring these to Jesus and let Him replace them with His love and acceptance!

Today, be encouraged that God’s love for you is just as strong and available as it was over 2,000 years ago when it showed up in a manger!

“The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy [our “He loves me not” petals]. I have come that you may have life, and have it to the full [our “He loves me” petals].” ~Jesus in John 10:10

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