Love Letters

The Single Season is filled with so much joy and love and excitement. You might be wondering if we are talking about the same season here, but stick with me. I promise that we are! This season in life is what we make it to be. You can spend it giving your heart away to every guy that catches your eye, or you can choose to put your heart in God’s hands and let him hold your heart and take care of it for you until His perfect timing comes for Mr. Knightly to come and take it.

In this season of singleness, I find it to be filled with love letters. That is, love letters from God, love letters to God and love letters to your future husband.

Years ago I started keeping a journal with letters that I write to my future husband. Many of those letters are really prayers that I am praying for Him and such, but I keep quite a few recorded. I plan on giving this journal to my husband on my wedding day – the day that makes this season and all of this waiting so worth it! I think it will be so cool later to give this to my husband. In the end, I think all of those letters and prayers say, “Hey, I waited for you all of this time. I prayed for you. I loved you before I knew you, and I will love you and stand by you until death do us part.” These letters have such a meaning. I want to encourage you to take some time and not only pray for your future husband, but write to him. Save the letters and present them on your wedding day!

And just like I write to my future husband, I write love letters back to God. And when I say I write them “back”, I mean that He already sent me a love letter – His Word!

A few years back my youth pastor passed out these letters while we were at a retreat. In them contained a love letter from God – which is all scripture, and compiled by an unknown source. It went like this:

My child, You may not know me, but I know everything about you. (Psalm 139:1) I know when you sit down and when you rise up. (Psalm 139:2) I am familiar with all your ways. (Psalm 139:3) Even the very hairs on your head are numbered. (Matthew 10:29-31) For you were made in my image. (Genesis 1:27) In me you move and have your being. (Acts 17:28) For you are my offspring. (Acts 17:28) I knew you before you were conceived. (Jeremiah 1:4-5) I chose you when I planned creation. (Ephesians 1:11-12) You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book. (Psalm 139:15-16) I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live. (Acts 17:26) You are fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14) I knit you together in your mother’s womb. (Psalm 139:13) And brought you forth on the day you were born. (Psalm 71:6) I have been misrepresented by those who do not know me. (John 8:41-44) I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love. (1 John 4:16) And it is my desire to lavish my love on you. (1 John 3:1) Simply because you are my child and I am your Father. (1 John 3:1) I offer you more than your earthly father ever could. (Matthew 7:11)

For I am the perfect Father. (Matthew 5:48) Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand. (James 1:17) For I am your provider and I meet all your needs. (Matthew 6:31-33) My plan for your future has always been filled with hope. (Jeremiah 29:11) Because I love you with an everlasting love. (Jeremiah 31:3) My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore. (Psalm 139:17-18) And I rejoice over you with singing. (Zephaniah 3:17) I will never stop doing good to you. (Jeremiah 32:40) For you are my treasured possession. (Exodus 19:5) I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul. (Jeremiah 32:41) And I want to show you great and marvelous things. (Jeremiah 33:3) If you seek me with all your heart you will find me. (Deuteronomy 4:29) Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart.(Psalm 37:4) For it is I who gave you those desires. (Philippians 2:13) I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine. (Ephesians 3:20) For I am your greatest encourager, (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17) I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4) When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you. (Psalm 34:18) As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart. (Isaiah 40:11) One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes. (Revelation 21:3-4) And I’ll take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth. (Revelation 21:3-4) I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus. (John 17:23) For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed. (John 17:26) He is the exact representation of my being. (Hebrews 1:3) He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you. (Romans 8:31) And I tell you that I am not counting your sins. Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled. (2 Corinthians 5:18-19) His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you. (1 John 4:10) I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love. (Romans 8:31-32) If you receive the give of my son Jesus, you receive me. (1 John 2:23) And nothing will ever separate you from my love again. (Romans 8:38-39) Come home and I’ll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen. (Luke 15:17) I have always been Father, and will always be Father. (Ephesians 3:14-15) Me question is…Will you be my child? (John 1:12-13) I am waiting for you. (Luke 15:11-32)

Love,

Your Dad – Almighty God.

            That letter was so amazing to me the first time I read it, and even now, reading it again I am so in awe of how much God loves me – and in awe of how much He loves us! Every bit of that letter is scripture! This is proof of how the Word is God’s love letter to us.

This season, I encourage you to fall in love with your Savior, and also to never forget what He has done for you. And when you remember what He has done for you – I pray that you see beyond the words and into the heart of the matter. I pray that you see this love that is so great and that you too will in in awe of Him and how great His love is for us.

I want to encourage you to take some time reading God’s love letter to you. And once you have let it sink into your heart, write back to God. He is the lover of your soul! He loves you so much that He gave of himself — for you. He would have done it, even if it were only for you. His love is that much. His love is that deep. Thank him for His love! Tell Him why you love him! Write to him.

Additionally, I want to encourage you to write to your future husband and also, pray for Him. Even keep a journal if you’d like for multiple letters, and on your wedding day, you can present Him with the gift of not only your heart – but the heart that longed so much for Him over the season, that you preserved just for Him. You are giving Him proof of your faithfulness. You are giving Him a promise.

May the Lord bless you and may you find joy in His love letters to you and also in responding!

Blessings,

Brittany L. Ketter (1 Peter 3:4)

P.S. A great book to read on this amazing love is “His Revolutionary Love: Jesus’ Radical Pursuit of You.”  Really it is an awesome book and you should read it! ❤

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