How to Experience God’s Love When You Feel Unloved

3 Things I Learned From Depression

My thoughts trapped me in a dark pit. When I attempted to climb the slippery walls, of “just try harder,” I’d fall back down, more bruised and depressed. God’s love grew dim.

Just try harder. Keep your house clean—serve your husband—teach your kids—be creative—cook healthy—serve the poor—volunteer—start a business—get in shape—be like that other mom. Just try harder.

And as the weeks lagged on, I felt more miserable, constantly failing to measure up — and I no longer felt loved by God.

I labeled myself: unlovable.

Although I believed in the Gospel, I added my list of qualifications on top of grace.

The same thing happened to the Galatians in Paul’s day. So, what can we learn from the Galatians?

How can we experience God’s love?

How to Experience God's Love When You Feel Unloved

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How to Walk by Faith in the Real World

In one week our family will be jobless and homeless. Okay, that sounds dramatic, but it’s true. My husband finishes his ministry commitment in Fort Worth this week and our lease ends on our apartment Sunday. We still don’t know where God is leading us in this next season of ministry.  When I call out to God as fear swirls within, the Spirit softly speaks, “Walk by faith.”

How do mamas walk by faith in the real world?


Walk by Faith

Remember what God has done.

The Bible is full of impossible things becoming possible.

Of course there is the Red Sea escape, a rock turning into a flowing spring, and bread appearing just in time every morning—while the Israelites wandered in their land of unknowns.

Then there’s the murderer who turned into a great evangelist, the dead child whom Jesus raised to life, and fishermen becoming leaders in a world-wide movement of God—just to name a few.

Remember our own journeys.

As I look back at my own God-story, I see Him doing many impossible things. First and ultimate, softening my stubborn heart to turn to Him—and another was saving my son from the point of death when he was born—or that time we had $67 left in the bank in seminary and someone gave us a large financial gift.

Trust God is with us (Matt. 28:20).

He will never leave. He never gives up, walks out, or stops hanging out. He is our counselor, teacher, guide, and shepherd. God is with us.

Stay in His Word and in prayer.

Speak truth in your heart (Psalm 15:2). Those nasty peace-destroyers of doubt, fear, and lies wiggle their way into our hearts if we let them. Keep reading. Keep praying, even when it feels weird or distant.

 My little ditty I tell myself: Open the Word and put some in, so my heart’s set on Him and not on sin.

Do the next thing we know to do.

For me, it’s pack another box. Don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way. As we wait on God we will be making a stop in California while my mom’s house sells and I say goodbye to the home I grew up in.

Scriptures to encourage you:

on my way

So, how do we walk by faith in motherhood? Remember what God has done. Trust God is with us. Stay in His Word and in prayer. Do the next thing we know to do.


God, thank you that I can trust you. You promise to never leave me or forsake me. I trust that you will meet all my needs according to your glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Even if I walk through dark trials, your presence sustains me. Help me to see your path when the way seems most unclear. I want to follow You. AMEN.


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How to Stop Anger Before You Snap

I hate it when I say a harsh word or respond to my kids in an irritating tone—angry.

How can we not erupt or respond in snippy attitudes? How can we speak in a way that shows God’s love in us rather than our selfishness?

How To Stop Anger Before Your Erupt

STOP. LOOK. LISTEN. (photo courtesy of pixabay)


STOP what you are doing.

LOOK at God’s Word (or the storehouse of your heart where you have planted His Word).

LISTEN to the Holy Spirit. What is the God-honoring way to interact? Sometimes for me, I need to take a moment in the bathroom to pray and calm down. Or simply talk in a soft tone instead of a quick and harsh one. The Spirit will lead you as you lean into the truth of God’s Word.

So, next time you feel the irritation sprouting up, STOP. LOOK. LISTEN.

Watch the STOP. LOOK. LISTEN. Video Here.