Sunday, April 21, 2013

R is for Reciprocity

Please forgive me for missing the Saturday deadline.  I had the blog written and thought it was scheduled for publication, but it somehow disappeared into the ether without a trace. One more novice mistake, I guess. Anyway, I attempt to recreate:

I have a vivid memory of my first awareness that the people I loved the most didn't love me the same way. As a devastated four-year-old, I made an unconscious decision not to invest myself emotionally in people who couldn't or wouldn't pay dividends on that investment. That decision was probably the reason that I never swooned over a musician or movie star, never joined a fan club, never let myself expect very much from a relationship with Father God.

Whenever I plotted to run away from home, I planned to run to my favorite aunt and uncle's family. They always loved you back.

What I learned about God was that He loved us first! His written word tells us that and promises that He never changes. He's going to love us now and through all eternity.  We can't invest any more love in Him than He has already given or any more than He will continue to give.  Holy Reciprocity!

I bless you today to experience Father's love in a deeper way than you have ever done before so that you can love Him back more and more.


  1. I love this Aha moment of reciprocity! Your posts always speak to my heart, Joan. Thank you!
    Pam at 2 Encourage

    1. Thank you, Pam, for your consistent encouragement. You do bless me over and over.

  2. Thank you God - Your love never disappoints or fades or goes away.