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Today’s Truth

He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.

Psalm 147:4

Friend to Friend

One day when my kids were little and playing with Play-Dough at the kitchen table, they enthusiastically called me over to view their creative masterpieces. I noticed that my son Hunter had used a small cookie cutter to make a bunch of blue stars. As I looked at the work of his small hands, I was reminded of a Bible verse. So I asked them, “Did you guys know that the Bible talks about stars?” I continued, “It says that God made all of the stars in the sky and has named each one!” Without hesitation my daughter Kennedy, who was five years old at the time, excitedly responded “Like George, Junior, and Kelsey?”

After the laugher waned, we had a simple, yet special conversation about God’s love for us. I really enjoy those moments of simplicity. The times when we pause to think about God’s handiwork and His Word as it applies to us. I can’t help but shake my head when I consider this thought: if God directed His attention to the stars and named each and every last one, how much more does He direct His attention to His children who are made in His image and purposed in His love?

It’s not uncommon for me to watch my children play in the backyard. While I do care what they say to one another, how they behave, and if they’re safe, I love to watch them just because they’re my kids…because I love them.

Do you know that God delights in you and loves you simply because you are His? Not because of what you do or don’t do … not because of what you say or don’t say … not because of what neighborhood you live in or what dress size you wear.

He just – flat out – loves you!

Psalm 145:20a says, “The LORD watches over all who love him….”

I’m so glad that I don’t have to perform for God in order to be loved by Him.

Just like the stars in the heavens, we were handmade by the Master of Life. He watches over us, loves us, and extends mercy to us through Jesus. I need that mercy daily. We all do.

I hope that today you will intentionally remember this and look for opportunities to extend that same attention, love, and mercy to the people in your life.

Let’s Pray

Dear God, Thank You for loving me just because I’m Yours. I’ve spent too many days not relishing that simple truth. Please open the eyes of my heart to how personal Your love is and give me to strength to extend that love to the people in my life.

In Jesus’s Name I pray,
Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

Tell your child, children, or a special child in your life that you love them, unconditionally, regardless of what they do or say.

Have you extended love to a friend recently? Call someone today with a word of unsolicited encouragement.

Write God a love letter – thank Him, worship Him and love Him.

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5 Responses to “No Performance Needed”

  1. Olga says:

    Thank you Lord for being mindful of me.

  2. Kathy M says:

    25 “To whom will you compare me?
    Who is my equal?” asks the Holy One.
    26 Look up into the heavens.
    Who created all the stars?
    He brings them out like an army, one after another,
    calling each by its name.
    Because of his great power and incomparable strength,
    not a single one is missing.

    27 O Jacob, how can you say the Lord does not see your troubles?
    O Israel, how can you say God ignores your rights?

    28 Have you never heard?
    Have you never understood?
    The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of all the earth.
    He never grows weak or weary.
    No one can measure the depths of his understanding. Isaiah 40:25-28

    Thank you for this reminder that God is El Roi – the God who sees me. I am in a transition time in my life and when I focus on my circumstances I think God is far away and doesn’t care. Yet when I focus on God’s love and care, I see him carefully working out a plan for my best good. God bless you all today.

  3. TamraG says:

    What a word…Awesome!!! I have no other words right now, but to say…How great is our God!

  4. Nicoise Waring says:

    I can’t thank you enough for today’s devotion. Firstly I would like to thank you for this devotional period! Girlfriends, I am an avid reader, and I can whole heartedly say that this site has made a clear and powerful influence in my spiritual walk. Your divinely inspired words have touched me so much that its impressed me to start my own devotional.But getting back on track, this morning I awoke with tears in my eyes from an all too real dream. Ultimately, I was perplexed and distraught over my lack of romance and longstanding love in my life. To be even more transparent, I’m embarrassed to say my dream love even mentioned my dress size as a condition for continuing the relationship.BUT PRAISE BE TO GOD, when I woke up, I prayed, and He told me to just read today’s devotion From the Girlfriends. Your message was so spot on that I stopped reading several times and just praised God. Thank you so much for being the blessing I needed to restart my day.

  5. Kayla says:

    I am currently waiting for my dad who is having a heart cath. My nerves have been shaken this week, but I am so thankful I pulled this up to read while I wait. I am so grateful for his sweet reminder to me that he is in control of all things and loves us more than we can imagine. ❤

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