January 6, 2013

God Thinks You're Wonderful

I stumbled upon this Max Lucado book over the weekend while visiting with a friend whose mother passed away Friday. My thoughts and prayers have been consistently with her family and each night I find myself thinking about her and what she is going through. The song above is dedicated to her and her family as my heart breaks for her while her heart breaks during this time. 

One of the books that was given to her mother shortly before she passed was this Max Lucado book above "God Thinks You're Wonderful". I could not stop flipping through the pages (I am a big Max fan, but the story behind the book was what melted my heart)

The text below courtesy of Mommy McCoy

God Thinks You're Wonderful! by Max Lucado

God is fond of you.If He had a wallet, your photo would be in it.If He had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it.He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise every morning.Whenever you want to talk, He'll listen.

He can live anywhere in the universe, and He chose your heart.Face it, friend. He's crazy about you.
By the way, 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.

I have written your name on my hand. Isaiah 49:16
Our hearts are not large enough to contain the blessings that God wants to give.So try this.The next time a sunrise steals your breath...or a meadow of flowers leaves you speechless...remain that way.Say nothing and listen as heaven whispers, "Do you like it? I did it just for you."

So promise me you'll never forget...that you aren't an accidentor an incident...you are a gift to the world,A divine work of art, signed by God.

You knit me together in my mother's womb. Psalm 139:13
You weren't mass-produced. You aren't an assembly-line product.You were deliberately planned, specifically gifted, and lovingly positioned on this earth by the Master Crafts-Man.He thinks you are the best thing to come down the pike in quite a while.Turn to the sidelines; that's God cheering your run.Look past the finish line; that's God applauding your steps.

God is for you.Had He a calendar, your birthday would be circled.If He drove a car, your name would be on his bumper.If there's a tree in heaven, He's carved your name in the bark.

Maybe you don't want to trouble God with your hurts.But..."He cares about you." 1 Peter 5:7He is waiting for you, to embrace you whether you succeed or fail.Vagabonds and ragamuffins all, He saw us before we were born.And He loves what He sees.

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.
"You wonder how long my love will last?Watch me speak your language, sleep on your earth, and feel your hurts.

Find your answer on a splintered cross on a craggy hill.That's how much I love you."

Let a tear appear on your cheek, and He is there to wipe it.He has sent angels to care for you, His Holy Spirit to dwell in you,His church to encourage you, and His word to guide you.
As much as you want to see Him, He wants to see you more.If you want to touch God's heart, use the name He loves to hear.Call him "Father."

He thinks you're wonderful!

Book, here.