I heard a woman I admire from afar say that she is a "well-loved woman" in reference to her husband. I heard that and cringed. I am happy for her. In that kind of I-wish-I-were-her-for-fifteen-minutes way. I don't always feel like a well-loved woman. I'm sure my husband would say he doesn't always feel like a well-loved man, either. I cannot stress enough that this is not a woe-is-me scenario or a one-way relational street I'm walking down. I think, actually, that we can all say that. Human beings let other human beings down. A lot.

But recently, I've stumbled upon a song that has deeply nourished my soul.

"I Receive Your Love for Me"

I receive your everlasting love for me
I receive your everlasting love for me

Nothing I can say
Will take Your love away
No place I can go
Where Your love won't' be there
Nothing I can do
Will make You love me more
Your love comes as a gift
And I only have to open it

I receive Your everlasting love for me
I receive Your everlasting love for me

I receive Your love for me
I receive Your love for me

© 1994 Mercy/Vineyard Publishing

And in the moments when I first heard that song, I brought up the words of that fortunate wife, and I thought to myself, Ah yes… I can say that about myself after all. I can't do anything to generate more love from God because He already loves me to the full. Loving me more than my mind and heart can even comprehend, which means only one thing. I am a well-loved woman.

And dear friend, so are you.

December 17, 2009

hr /> Excerpted from He Is Just That Into You: Stories of a Faithful God Who Pursues, Engages, and Has No Fear of Commitment (WinePress).(c) Elisabeth K. Corcoran, 2009.
Elisabeth lives her with husband and children in Illinois. She is the author of He Is Just That Into You: Stories of a Faithful God who Pursues, Engages, and Has No Fear of Commitment (WinePress), In Search of Calm: Renewal for a Mother's Heart (Xulon), and Calm in My Chaos: Encouragement for a Mom's Weary Soul (Kregel).  All of her books can be purchased on Amazon or through her website at www.elisabethcorcoran.com.

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