This little blogger-writer over here had a grand old idea in February to name her blog Scattered Journal Pages.
And, um, there haven’t been too many of those. I feel as though this lovely little blog is more of a…
You know what, I have no idea. It’s one part website, one part hangout spot, one part Bible study inside my head, one part splotched and weathered journal page, and one part bookshelf. It’s a lot of fun, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
However, it’s called Scattered Journal Pages for a reason, and I’d like to share something that perhaps is remotely journal-related.
You know, something I would write on notebook paper.
A letter maybe.
How about that today. I love letters.
*sharpens pencil* *pulls out fresh sheet of paper*
Dear Person Reading This (yes, I am talking to YOU, the lovely person that’s reading this right now),
Hello. I’m Amanda. You may be my good friend, or you may have never even heard of me.
Maybe I know you, maybe I don’t.
But that’s not really the point here. The point is that YOU are reading MY blog, and this letter is addressed most definitely to you.
And no matter who you are, I’d like you to stick around so I can tell you a few REALLY important things. Because we all need to hear them.
Dear One, you are loved.
You are loved ever so much by your AMAZING Creator, and He wants to have a personal relationship with you. Yes, you. Not just your cousin, aunt, spouse, neighbor, or friend, but YOU.
You wanna know why? Because God is gracious, and love has nothing to do with anything you’ve ever done. Jesus died so that your sins would be forgiven, and He rose again to prove it.
This is real love–not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. (1 John 4:10, NLT, emphasis mine.)
Lovely Person, no matter where you are in life, you are absolutely never too far gone.
It is always an option to come to God for forgiveness. And once we have accepted forgiveness, we are counted righteous and blameless.
Come to your Heavenly Father. His grace is for you.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
Dear Reader, God has a plan for you.
He knows what He’s doing. He’s in control of your life, and all things are going to work together for the good of those who love Him. If you love Him, that’s you. Your future is bright, even if you’re ninety-three.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:11-13)
My Friend, I know that it’s not popular to think this way, but it’s imperative that you know that Jesus is the ONLY way to God.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6)
And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. (Acts 4:12)
And lastly, Wonderful Listener (seriously, if you’re still here, you get a sticker), don’t be afraid.
God is always with you, no matter what you’re facing. I don’t know exactly what you’re going through, but whatever it may be, you don’t need to be afraid. God will give you strength and He will help you.
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)
Friend, God is for you and not against you. He loves you more than you can fathom. Don’t reject that, but receive it.