Reflections on Bible verses

Isaiah 49:16
I have written your name on My hand.

God thinks you're wonderful

It may be difficult for you
to believe that
God knows your name ...
but He does.
Written on His hand.
Spoken by His mouth.
Whispered by His lips.
Your name.

You have captured
the heart of God.
He cannot bear to live
without you.
God's dream is
to make you right
with Him.
And the path to the cross
tells us exactly how far
God will go to call us back.

1 John 4:10
It is not our love for God;
it is God's love for us
in sending His Son
to be the way
to take away our sins.

If you want
to touch God's heart,
use the name He loves to hear.
Call him "Father".
He thinks you're wonderful!

-Excerpts from the book, "God thinks You're Wonderful"
by Max Lucado

God's Tremendous love for each of us

God's love for each one of us is tremendous indeed! 
For every child of His is very important to Him! 
   If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it.
If He had a wallet, your photo would be in it.
He sends you flowers every spring.
He sends you a sunrise every morning.
Whenever you want to talk, He listens.

   He can live anywhere in the Universe, but He chose your heart.

   Now God didn't promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow,
sun without rain, but He did promise strength for the day,
comfort for the tears, and light for the way.

   So face it, He is crazy about you!
(Max Lucado)

       Therefore let us GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD, FOR HE
    1 CHRONICLES 16:34 

God is For You

“I have written your name on my hand!
Isaiah 49:16

Romans 8:31 asks,
“If God is for us, who can be against us?”

Indulge me a moment.
Four words in this verse deserve your attention.
God is for us.

Say it out loud.
God is for us.

Repeat it, emphasizing each word.
Come on, you’re not in that big of a hurry.

God is for us!  GOD IS FOR YOU.

Your parents may have forgotten you,
your teachers may have neglected you,
your siblings may be ashamed of you;
but within reach of your prayers is the maker of the oceans. 

God is for you! 
If he had a calendar, your birthday would be circled. 
If there’s a tree in heaven, he’s carved your name in the bark.

Isaiah 49:16 says, “I have written your name on my hand!” 
No one can defeat you. 
You are protected. 
God is for you!

Max Lucado

God's Unconditional Love

What can we say about God's love?
We can say that God's love is unconditional.
God does not say, "I love you, if ..." There are no ifs in God's heart.
God's love for us does not depend on what we do or say, on our looks or intelligence,
on our success or popularity.

God's love for us existed before we were born and will exist after we have died.
God's love is from eternity to eternity
and is not bound to any time-related events or circumstances.

Does that mean that God does not care what we do or say?
No, because God's love wouldn't be real if God didn't care.
To love without condition does not mean to love without concern.
God desires to enter into relationship with us and wants us to love God in return.

Let's dare to enter into an intimate relationship with God without fear,
trusting that we will receive love and always more love.

Henri Nouwen