“Human beings love to be loved. And we love to fall in love. As children we pour our love into our pets and our friends. As teenagers we fall in love with musicians and actors and the boy whose locker is next to ours. As we mature, we long for romantic love that will last a lifetime. Sacrificial love, unexplained love, familiar love, desperate love. Love songs and love stories. Clearly we were created with the longing for love ingrained in our souls.
With lots of wit and a bit of wisdom drawn from a lifetime of falling in love, Lincee Ray invites you to an unabashed celebration of that loving feeling. As she reveals the loves of her life and encourages you to recall your own, you’ll discover alongside her that there is only one who can ever truly fulfill the deepest longings of our hearts. And he made us to be part of a divine love story.” This week on the blog, I am reviewing the book: “Its a love story: from Happily to Ever After.”
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Its a Love Story: From Happily to Ever After
This is not my first time reading a book written by author Lincee Ray. You can check out, “Why I Hate Green Beans” which dives more into finding your identity in Christ. While I love her humor and the down to earth manner of her writing style I didn’t quite feel like the books content fully delivered.
The book “It’s a Love Story” is filled with lots of short stories from the authors life. Stories of romance, her first kiss, she even speaks about her love of movies, music, dancing etc. Thanks to Uncle Waltz Disney we have developed a love for love movies. These love stories often play a big part in our own love stories as well, whether for better or worse.
Through the personal stories that she shares, it helps to paint the picture of the many different ways we love. From something as serious as loving the guy sitting next to you in French class to something as simple as having a love for Starbucks Hot Chocolate. These different loves in our life are often conditional. I love you because of what you can do for me or because it’s required because we are family after all. There is someone who loves without conditions even to the point of death. The author ends off the book reminding us that there is one who loves us deeply no questions asked. It’s a Love Story by Lincee Ray is a fun lighthearted read about different loves and the one that truly matters, God’s unfailing love.
God’s Perfect Love
What would you do if you had all the money in the world? For me, I would perhaps invest it in real estate and spend a lot of time traveling. I wouldn’t for a second think about giving up that privilege.
Well, not so long ago, God created a perfect world. He also created man giving them the freedom of choice. During their time in the Garden of Eden which you can read more about in Genesis chapters 1-3, man yielded to temptation. The ultimate penalty for sin is death.
Instead of leaving us to our fate however, God sent his only son to die for us. Jesus took off his kingly robe and offered up himself as the sacrificial lamb for us. He sacrificed himself that through him we may have eternal life. It couldn’t have been easy to leave what we term the “good life” to live a life of suffering and pain. Jesus loved you enough to pay the price and sacrifice himself for you.
God’s Love Is Real
If today you are feeling like no one loves you and your happily ever after is far from reality, be reminded of the following promises.
You Are Loved
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 NKJV
You Are Beautiful
“I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.” Psalms 139:14 NKJV
You Have A Bright Future
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” John 14:1-3 NKJV
You Are Royalty
“For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:26 NKJV
Bible Verses About God’s Love
For even more reminders of God’s perfect love, check out the following Bible verses about God’s love.
” For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 KJV
“For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:7-8 KJV
“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9 KJV
“For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.” Psalms 103:11-12 KJV
“For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:15-16 KJV
“The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever. He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.” Psalms 103:8-11 KJV
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.” Ephesians 2:8 KJV
“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.” 1 John 3:1 KJV
“ Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” Romans 8:35 KJV
“But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, 5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.” Titus 3:4-5 KJV
“In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” 1 John 4:9-10 KJV