When You Wonder If God Likes You

May 13, 2011 | 15 comments

I’ve been there.

I’ve seen only my failures and my half-starts. I know the mess I’ve made. I’m the one who walks down this road of faith with toilet paper stuck to my shoe.

And I have to admit that I’ve wondered it: Does God actually like me?

I’ve listened to the inner critic, yammering and setting me up for mistrust.

I’ve been mesmerized by the moments, 
the missteps and
the mistakes.
And it’s then when I can’t see past the mess to the Master.

But God …

But God …

For every doubt and lie we hear, we can beat it back with this: But God

“But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, … he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead.” — Ephesians 2:4-5

That’s a God who doesn’t just love you. That’s a God who likes you. He really likes you. Not the perfect you, but the you you — rough patches and all.

He knew what He was getting into when He made you. He knows the way you take. And He likes you. 

If you wonder if He likes you today, please, please, listen to this song by Misty Edwards.

by | May 13, 2011 | 15 comments

15 Comments

  1. Tay

    Wow I love that verse! No matter how many times you read Scripture…it never gets old!

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    • dukeslee

      Very true, Tay.

      One of my favorites ways of keeping Scripture fresh is to read the same verses in different versions. Easy to do using a place like http://www.biblegateway.com

      Reply
  2. Simply Darlene

    Here’s my self-talk when I’ve had enough of me…

    1. God doesn’t make mistakes.
    2. God made me.

    Jennifer, this is a beautiful song. Thank you for sharing it today.

    Blessings.

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    • dukeslee

      That’s some self-talk worth repeating … repeatedly.

      Thanks for that.

      Reply
  3. Lisa

    this makes me sob, actually. I constantly feel like I am too broken, too awful for anyone to love me, much less Him.

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    • dukeslee

      Oh Lisa … I’ve got you on my mind, and in my prayers. God not only loves you; He likes you — one-of-a-kind God-fashioned YOU!

      And I love you, too.

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  4. Linda

    You always get to the very heart of things Jennifer. I admit that it was difficult enough to believe He loved me – warts and all. But like me…? Yes – all that self-talk that piles up all the reasons it couldn’t possibly be so.
    But God….He is so gracious and full of lovingkindss. And He likes me! Miracle of miracles.

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  5. Amy Sullivan

    Do you know how much I love your words? I always connect to what you are saying.

    ps That picture rocks. I may try a knock off version at my house tonight.

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    • dukeslee

      Did you get your picture, Amy? I’ll pop over for a look. Blessings to you!

      Reply
  6. S. Etole

    all things are possible with Him although it can often seem otherwise …

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  7. Nancy

    Thank you for this one, Jennifer. Needed it today.

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  8. Missie

    It is so hard to believe right?!

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    • dukeslee

      Yes, it can be hard, Missie. Especially when the world (and even our own faith communities) can make us believe that our failures will doom us. Thanks be to God, He sent a Savior.

      Reply
  9. David Rupert

    “While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” That’s my verse, hung around my neck. Yup. He likes me — so much that he died for me

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    • dukeslee

      True, that, David. Thanks for stopping, my friend.

      Reply

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