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At (in)courage, we empower women to be like Jesus. Our writers share what’s going on in their life and how God’s right in the middle of it. They bring their joys & struggles so that you can feel less alone and be empowered by the hope Jesus gives.

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  1. Amen, Mary! You put into words the reality of the tension between my sins & truth of Jesus in the gap! What a awesome God we have filling that gap before we even know there is one. Perfect love!

  2. God, to be loved by You means everything to me. I am forgiven. I am chosen. I am loved and cared for. Father, You are more than enough. In Jesus’ Name, amen

    Thank you for sharing! I needed to hear these truths!

  3. It is so reassuring to me that I am loved by God, fully and completely, even when I mess up. There are so many days that I don’t feel loved by anyone else, especially since my dad passed away. He was the only one on this earth that I felt complete, unconditional love from and that’s a feeling I really miss.

  4. It’s wonderful to accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior !

    It’s been 51 years since that decision was made by a 12 year old me. Usually focused on homework and Sunday School Lessons. How great it is now to know that even at that immature age God claimed my life through His Son Jesus, who redeemed me at Calvary.

    Yes, I am valuable to the Kingdom of God because I am God’s Beloved Daughter. Not because I do all things right but because of God’s unfailing love for me. I am cherished and adored just as I am. Although it is my learned desire to make my Father proud of me by learning more about His love for me.

    God sees all things about my life and those I love. He works everything out to its proper end. We don’t know how to shut down our emotions to keep away shame, fear, unbelief, worry, doubt, fatigue, hurt feelings and rejection. These deceitful things will bombard us so we can see God as human instead of our All Powerful, Holy and Loving Father. We humans don’t really know how to love unconditionally, we aspire to love the Agape way. We are learning so much o our Christian Journey. As long as we keep drawing near to God, He will keep drawing near to us.

    The Holy Spirit will continue to teach me Truth. I am reminded each day that I am loved, I am created in the likeness and image of God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit (The Trinity) as only a Christ Follower can accept by Faith. I can do all things through God who strengthens me. I have the mind of Christ. Greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world.

    I am created meticulously and God knew me and called me before my parents knew about me. I am chosen by God for His praise and His purpose in the Kingdom. No weapon forged against me will ever prosper.
    I know to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.

    Now I accept my position by Faith in the finished work of Jesus on the Cross. He is risen, indeed He is risen !

    God bless you all.


  5. When my boys head out the door, I try to remember to tell them these two things: Make good choices and remember whose you are. It is easy for me to say to them but not always easy for me to say to myself. I am thankful for my Lord and Savior who forgives me.

  6. To beloved by God—-oh, it means so much! That I can face each day with the confidence that God is right there beside me, leading me and guiding me. It is what allows us to keep going through trials and blessings!

  7. To be loved by God means everything to me, there’s no better friend that sticks closer than Jesus. Without Him I would be loaded. Thank you Mary for this beautiful reminder.

  8. It means everything to me. I always fear that I am not good enough for Him. What a blessing it would be to get a free copy of this Bible. Blessings to you all.

  9. Mary, you seem to be in the spotlight a lot lately at (in)courage! And deservedly so. This is just another example of how you meet us right where we are. Well done!

  10. I am absolutely NOTHING without the Lord. It is all because of His love for me that I am where I am today. And I praise God for His unfailing love, faithfulness, and tender mercies every morning I wake up blessed with another new lease on life.

    I have been blessed and enjoyed reading Encourage daily. Thanks a million, and blessings to all the contributors.

  11. I’m filled with awe whenever I think about the fact that I am loved, truly and deeply, by God. While I know it to be true, it is sometimes hard to feel or believe that, given how flawed and imperfect I am. God’s grace and love is truly unfathomable, and to be loved by Him is the greatest gift we can receive.

    • I have been thinking lately about how Jesus loved me so much that he died on the cross for me.

  12. Being loved by God means absolutely everything to me. I don’t even have words enough!

  13. Being loved by God means I am forgiven and there’s a purpose in my life to show his love. Thank heavens for his mercy and grace because I am still working on showing that love in ways that he wants.

  14. It seems that my identity is the thing the enemy works hardest to alter. I have to continually work to hold on to my identity in Christ.

  15. I thought the message was very inspirational. i loved the message and I know Jesus is guiding me with God, the Father, and through his grace.

  16. I can relate to this story though different circumstances. SO grateful for Jesus’ grace!! Mary, thank you for this reminder. And the Hope & Encouragement Bible sounds spot on. What does it mean to me that I am loved? A lot of things, but what sticks out today is that I am safe in that love. It doesn’t depend on my productivity or performance. It just always is.

  17. Mary,

    What does it mean that God loves me? It means the world to me. I’m in awe that Jesus would leave the splendor of Heaven, come down to broken Earth & die a horrible death just for me!!! This reminds me of the song Greater: Every time I fall There’ll be those who will call me A mistake Well that’s okay Cause I hear a voice and He calls me redeemed When others say I’ll never be enough And greater is the One living inside of me Than he who is living in the world.
    We don’t have to worry about what the world says about us. We may be small, but with God we are mighty & loved dearly! Zephaniah 3:17 The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
    but will rejoice over you with singing.” Rejoice over little me with singing. Almost to much to comprehend!

    Blessings 🙂

  18. Being loved by God is mind blowing to me. He sees my sins and know every failure and yet still loves me. This confounds me and makes me so grateful.

  19. Only Jesus! You are so right: He’s the only One who can stand in the gap between our sinfulness and the perfection of God. Thank you for your honesty in telling this story, and reminding us of the magnitude of our Savior’s grace and mercy!

  20. What God means to me? What a question am I right ladies? Let me try to put into mere words who our Savior is: He is my hope, my peace, my eternal salvation and my loving Father. And as my Father, He reminds me whose I am, that He is a fortress for my soul and compass pointing me to my created purpose which is to share the gospel while bringing glory to His kingdom. I am so thank for Jesus and humbled that he gave his life for us. Daily I am honored to be part of his flock with all of you; hoping that I do justice in loving the Lord God with all my heart and serving and loving those I come in contact with!