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“Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting.” – Psalm 136:1

“Emily, are you going to the concert tonight?”

It was Saturday, and a precious friend called to ask if I was already planning to attend the Laura Story concert. That evening.

“No,” I replied. I’d seen the advertisement weeks earlier and wanted to go, but quickly realized I couldn’t. So that was that.

“Well, I just received some extra tickets – would you like to go with me?” she responded.

I got off the phone and tried to call my husband to run it by him. No answer after repeated tries. Then there was the importance of taking my kids shopping at the place of their choice. I’d told them I would, but if I went to the concert, there wouldn’t be enough time.

“Laura Story’s in town? What’s she doing in Hickory?!” my eldest exclaimed. “Mom, you’re going. I’m deciding,” he insisted.

Another son backed him up and gradually everyone agreed. Before I knew it, I was driving to meet my friend. Mark and I finally connected on the phone and he fully supported my decision to go.

Seated in the auditorium, my hands raised in worship to this One who loves me so tenderly. Tears wet my cheeks as Laura’s powerful lyrics ministered to me. It felt so good to sit and soak up this unexpected gift … this love gift from God’s heart to mine:

My friend’s thoughtfulness … my kids’ urging and willingness … my husband’s happiness … the music … the words … the knowing that God did this for me.

Our Father knows just what we need and when. His love always abounds. But, sometimes, it pours over us unexpectedly in an unforgettable way. We don’t deserve it – any of it – yet He freely lavishes His love on us. These are moments to cherish … moments when we realize anew that “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine.” (Song of Songs 6:3)

So if you need a special reminder of God’s love, please be watching. He already has something prepared … a love gift so wonderful that you’ll know it’s straight from His heart to yours.

” … I have loved you with an everlasting love …” – Jeremiah 31:3

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