Because He Loves Me by Elyse Fitzpatrick
I chose this book for our Book Club partially to introduce Elyse to many of you who don’t know her (since I’d eventually like to do several books by her), and partly because this is a book that homeschooling moms desperately need! If there’s one thing that I’ve noticed about myself and the moms I minister to, it’s that we quickly lose sight of the most important thing of all: how loved and welcomed we are by Almighty. Yet the one truth of God’s love remembered or forgotten daily profoundly affects the way we do life, ministry, and worship. God’s love for us should effect our every thought, word, and action. It should work as intended: to infuse us with joy and strength to do life. Yet, so many of us labor, heavy laden, apart from the sustaining thought: He loves me!
More than one of you are thinking these thoughts in response, “Me? The one who yelled at my kids this morning before the day had really even started? Me? The one who hasn’t had a quiet time for months? He loves me? The one who secretly hates her life and longs to just quit it all and move to Aruba? You don’t know me! I’m the one who struggles with depressing thoughts about my husband, children, and church but just soldiers on because, well, what else can I do? Me? Ha!”
Yes, you. You, precious Daughter of God were bought out of slavery to Satan. Though your wick smoulders, He will not blow it out. Yes, your sin is awful and worthy of judgment. In fact, it’s worse than you think. You have been commanded to love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your mind, and with all your strength and with all your soul. Do you? No. Your sin is a mountain that you can’t conquer alone. And your Creator God knows this. He has not left you in your sins, but they were so bad that He had to send His willing Son to be tortured, crushed, and killed for them.The good news for you is that God poured out every drop of His righteous wrath against your sin on His Righteous Son. It is all spent on Jesus. For those who put their faith in Him, no matter how shakily, it is finished. Now nothing remains in God’s heart towards you–child of God–but love. For, as with our marriages, we are joined with Christ and we have a joint bank account of righteousness. He makes all the deposits; we make all the withdrawals! Jesus is living and active in the world, and we–joined with Him–are able to live in the good of God’s love and welcome, and in the power and joy of His life as we pour our energies into our families.
The truth that Scripture proclaims on every page is this: we are more sinful and flawed than we ever dared believe, yet more loved and welcomed than we ever dared to hope. In Elyse’s book, you will be reminded repeatedly of the all-important truth that God loves and welcomes you daily. We are told in Scripture how to find strength to do life: “the joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10). Come and read Because He Loves Me slowly, and rediscover the delicious, joyful, and strengthening truth that you are loved by God, and see how that realization daily changes everything! Click HERE to get started.