Thanks for opening my letter. What's on your heart as we share this time together ?
In examining my own heart and listening to others, I notice that just below the surface of so many relationships, we long to be more fully heard, known and understood...to be more deeply met in who we are. These seem to be core heartfelt needs.
They're accompanied by equally important needs to know that who we are matters, that we are valued regardless of our faults and failings, and that in times of difficulty, loss or trial, we will not be ignored or abandoned but will be cared for, comforted and encouraged.
Who knows the truth of who you really are ?
Who do you turn to for comfort, care and encouragement?
When human relationships fail to meet important God-given needs for connection, we can be left feeling unmet, unloved and uncertain about our future. Just being a Christian doesn't spare us those earthly woes, does it?
"But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us."
2 Corinthians 4:7
Yes, we do ! I think we have been given more access to God than we can comprehend. Jesus spoke clearly about how his followers - that includes you and me - would be provided with help and guidance even in his physical absence. We have been graced with a Helper, Comforter, Counselor & Teacher : the Spirit of truth - the Holy Spirit.
To the best of my very limited understanding yet ongoing daily gratitude, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in each one of us who has received Christ makes his guidance & leading available 24/7, right ? Jesus reassured us, "...he lives with you and will be in you." John 14:17
How are you experiencing or tuning in to the Holy Spirit ? Or not ?
I admit, as in any relationship, some of my encounters are more unforgettable than others, like one night when I was alone and in great need of comfort & care. I was going through a shattering divorce and intensive treatments for cancer at the same time. Not fun. I was nearly bald, unable to keep food down and in considerable physical and emotional pain. I could only faintly and with little enthusiasm murmur, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me". Phillipians 4:13
I felt like an injured, heartbroken little girl, like a frail and nearly empty vessel, so weak and hollowed out that I had to lean against the wall to support myself as I showered. Yet as my tears streamed down, something beautiful happened. I felt a cherishing love pouring through me and a gentle strength that lifted my hand tenderly to my face as a comforting voice from within said, "Precious little one, I have always loved you and I have cared for you since you were a little girl."
I felt known, understood, valued, comforted and consoled. I felt the truth of a love that had always known me and always would, a love that was alive and well and living in me !
In my brokenness and affliction on that night, and despite all external evidence and the disheartening lies of the enemy of our souls, I knew that I was not unloved or abandoned and left to die. I was and I am a deeply loved child of God. So are you. We were called into being by the Creator of the universe who says, "This is my beloved in whom I am well pleased ."
Who are you telling yourself you are?
How are you experiencing being truly known and loved by God?
What you're experiencing in your life matters to me. You don't have to be a client to drop me a line or share your story. I welcome all messages that come in from my contact page and please don't hesitate to email me directly:
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And last but not least, dear friend, I hope you're taking care of your body, the temple of the Holy Spirit, and I look forward to sharing some health tips with you in a future letter. Live well !
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About the Author
Toni Kim has enjoyed writing since childhood when she discovered the word "penpal".
Toni coaches Christians globally and loves to hear from you. Your prayer requests are always welcome here.
She is also excited about the challenging journey of sharing God's love with greater