Jesus Really Loves You

Happy Wednesday!

I’ve been writing my blogs from McDonnalds this week. That is because I’ve had to drive Emily to work and then go to visit my grandma… and driving back home or to my office chews up the precious time I can be spending with her.

Today, I want to thank God for loving you and me like He does. His love is the greatest force in the universe. He is always there for us… always.

As you may already know, I went my entire life without a family funeral until I was 34 years old. There is one exception: my great grandmother passed away when I was 12, and sadly, I don’t remember much from that period of time. She lived in New York and we were in Virginia, and we (my dad, brother, and I) were not able to attend the funeral… and the only thing I remember about time, is crying for about an hour under a few big oak trees where I was raking leaves with my brother.

Then, four and a half years ago… my beloved Mom went to heaven. If there ever was a mommas boy, it was me. I wondered how I was going to keep on living. God, carried me every day.

Then, a year and a half later, my moms dad went to heaven. He was such a huge force in my life, because he loved me like his own son.

Then, a year and a half later, my moms 41 year old brother (my uncle) went to heaven. Because we were so close in age… he was more like a best friend than an Uncle.

Then, a year later, my father in law went to heaven. He loved me just as much as he loved his own daughter… and my wife was the biggest daddy’s girl I’ve ever known.

This week, our family is walking through the valley of the shadow of death once again. My grandmother seems to be days, even moments away from going to heaven. On Tuesday she told me she has lived a good life and she wants to go to heaven. I thank God she is not in pain… and she is leaving the earth as beautifully as it can happen. Yet, she has become like my mom since I lost my mom and she lost her only son.

Even though I have an amazing wife and kids, and many great friends, and a few other family members still living… I feel like my grandmother is the last nurturing voice covering my life. When I think about losing her, it blows my mind.

I didn’t write this message for sympathy. There is a little bit more to this story…

God’s grace.

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind but now I see.

God’s grace is always enough.

Your grace is enough
Your grace is enough
Your grace is enough for me

Your grace is enough
Heaven reaching down to us
Your grace is enough for me
God i see your grace is enough
I’m covered in your love
Your grace is enough for me
For me

Today, I thank God… that when I look into my future, no matter what lies ahead, He will never leave me, nor forsake me. How do I know this for sure? Because He has never let me down before.

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I wish that so many more people would get close enough to God, that they would truly experience this amazing grace.

I honestly do not know how people make it through tragedy without YOU, Lord.

I chose this title, “Jesus Really Loves You” because I felt like God wanted you to hear this today. I feel like God is hugging you, through me. I hope His grace comes to you this day!

Jeremiah 31:3-4 Long ago the Lord said to Israel: “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself. I will rebuild you, my virgin Israel. You will again be happy and dance merrily with your tambourines.”

I just finished praying for you (in McDonnalds), hoping you really feel the difference. Please let me know about how this blog positively affects your life today.

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With much love…

Dream Big, Live Bold, and Make the Difference!

Chuck

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4 thoughts on “Jesus Really Loves You

  1. I have been & will continue to pray for your family! It is true that He loves us so much!! Oh how He loves us! I cannot even begin to comprehend it! I look at my kids with all the love I have for them and think He loves me MORE!! It just blows my mind. I really do not know how people in these days can keep going without knowing the GREAT love of the Father! No matter what we are going through we can always run to Him!! We grieve, ignore, get mad & disobey Him & still He loves! Our God is so amazing!! Thank you Pastor! I cannot tell you how much I needed this today! Love you all!

  2. How many times have we heard that God loves us? Sometimes it just goes in one ear and out the other. Sometimes it goes in, meanders through our brains and becomes a memorized "concept". I think the latter condition is where I linger most the time. Even though THAT love is what I felt… IT is what caused me to make the decision to accept His salvation, sometimes it seems like God's love is just a fact to be learned in church.

    And SOMETIMES, during worship, I am brought face to face with God's love and I am overwhelmed by it, actually physically affected by it. So, what if I could "hold on" to this revalation ALL THE TIME? How different would my life be? My prayer for myself, and for anyone who can't always grasp how precious they really are to God, is: that the FACT of God's love in our heads becomes the TRUTH of God's love in our hearts.

    I read 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 differently this morning because God IS love:

    God is patient with me and is kind to me; God does not condescend me; God is considerate toward me, God doesn't retaliate in anger at me, or assume I will always do what is evil; God does not laugh at my struggles, but He rejoices in how he has made me; God bears with me always; God believes in me always; God hopes in the best things for me always; God will endure my shortcomings always. God will never fail me,ever.

  3. It was just recently that I realized that God really does love me. Your blogs always make me a better person and I so look forward to them. I know that this is really a sad time for you, but your grandmother has such an amazing jouney to look forward to. I can't wait until the day that I get to meet my Lord face to face. Oh what a joyous day that will be. Prayers for you and your family and an extra big hug. You are a blessing to me and to others!!

  4. Your blog has me thinking this morning about Randy's oldest grandkids. I hope one day they will know Randy as we all know him and will be there by his side as you are by your grandmother's side when his time comes. It is precious that your grandmother has you to be with her during this time. It is not easy for you, but God's grace is enough. You are so right about that. Just take in each moment with your grandmother.