To Know He Loves Us

For you make me glad by your deeds, LORD; I sing for joy at what your hands have done. Psalm 92:4, NIV*

Sunday’s sermon taught that God wants us to know He loves us. We need to know it in order to have a close relationship with Him, and to be open to His work in our lives.

We need to know He loves us.

The night before, I’d read in Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts that noticing—naming—in her case writing a list of—those things that bless our spirits is, in a sense, accepting the gifts. God gives them, be they sunsets or fireflies, but if we don’t receive them we miss the blessing.

So… we need to know God loves us. What better way to press it into our hearts than by recording and rehearsing the many small gifts He lavishes on us each day?

Father God, You give so many good gifts to Your children. Many we don’t notice, some we refuse because we don’t like the way they’re wrapped. Help us to know for sure that You are good. Open our eyes to see Your gifts, open our hearts to receive Your grace. Let your gifts prove Your love to our tentative hearts. Draw us into the relationship You’ve designed us for.

Breaking the pattern this week… instead of a song, here is the video trailer for One Thousand Gifts. It will bless your spirit.

*New International Version (NIV) Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

4 thoughts on “To Know He Loves Us

  1. Stephanie

    Wow! That was one great trailer. It brought tears to my eyes…and gave me a lot to think about. Thanks for sharing it, Janet. I think I’ll go and start that list now.

    1. janetsketchley

      I haven’t started writing a list yet, but I find myself stopping to notice things and decide how I’d record them. Even that’s reminding me to notice more, but I think the physical list would remind me better.

  2. Margaret


    What boggles my mind is that we wouldn’t have one itsy, bitsy, tiny little thing, if our heavenly Father didn’t give it to us…. What a desolation…. And, even though we are so thoughtless and ungrateful, He still provides…. He’s awesome!



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