I crafted you in my image with the game plan to live in complete harmony with you. You are mine forever. In the depths of your heart, you responded to the Spirit’s call of my voice. It was your response to an eternal hunger the world could not provide. You trusted that my love for you is without condition. It gave you the hope to live with the knowledge of a divine plan for your life. It was a new beginning to grow and deepen your love for God, your friends, neighbors, and even your enemies. (You Are Accepted)

It led you to leave behind the emptiness you felt in the shallow places of the world and follow me. You began the journey of redefining your life and basing your thoughts upon my character and being. In your feeble attempts to pray and be faithful, you grew, understanding your humanity’s limitations to carry out my will. Then one day, full of grace, you realized the only perfection I seek is the honest admission of your imperfections to me. My desire is your heart to always feel at home living in a relationship with me. (When You Say Lord)

You now understand why the Heavenly Father created you before the foundations of the world. It was for intimate communion with me and connection with everything that exists. One day, beyond the veil of death, you will live in an unmediated and infinite union of love with me. You will live in unity and harmony with God and creation forever. It is the hope of glory we will share an eternal and unbounded blessedness forever with all those we love. That is your hope and eternal destiny. You are mine forever. (A Glimpse Beyond the Veil)

Scripture: And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man. 1 Corinthians 15:49 NIV

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV

even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, Ephesians 1:4-5 ESV

However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” — the things God has prepared for those who love him– 1 Corinthians 2:9 NIV

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