Last month I was challenged with the idea of writing a love letter to God. I’m not sure what prompted the thought, but it didn’t go away easily. Pretty soon I was pondering what I would write. And I also pondered: Why would you want to write a love letter to God?
There are firsts in your life that you don’t forget. One of them is the first time you get an “I like you” note from a boy in grade school. Your heart beats a little faster just before you open it. You wonder what it says and if you’re not sure who it’s from, then your heart speeds ahead even a little more. “What if he wants me to be more than his friend?” And so the anticipation builds until finally, you read the letter. And then read it again. Once the message starts to sink into your heart and your legs turn to mush, then you realize that you must answer this letter. He made it easy for you. “Check one: YES or NO.” After you checked the YES and handed it back sheepishly, you were thankful you didn’t have to write any more words than that. I mean, what can a third grader say about a boy she only knows as “the kid who eats the most in the school cafeteria?” In order to do more than check YES or NO, the opportunity to learn more about him had to present itself.
Accepting Christ as our Savior is a beautiful beginning. Yet growing a relationship with God requires effort. Just checking the box won’t bring the depth of attempting to understand God’s love into our minds. One of the most wonderful ways I’ve discovered to grow my relationship with God is through prayer journaling. And of the most wonderful ways I’ve discovered to write out my prayers to God is to write a love letter to God. Today I wanted to share with you 5 beautiful benefits of writing a love letter to God.
1. Writing a love letter to God serves as a tangible reminder of my love for him.
Love is not something we can hold in our hands. It’s more than an emotion we hold in our hearts. Love is giving part of ourselves to another. I’ve discovered that when I choose to take thoughts from my head and give visible structure to them on paper, then those thoughts become more real to me. I’ve experienced them not only in my head and heart, but my eyes can take them in as well. This act is a gift to myself; it helps me understand my love for God.
2. Writing a love letter to God provides a means of focused prayer.
Do you ever lose your words when you are praying? I sure do. In fact, I sometimes lose my words when I’m talking. My brain often tries to fly faster than I can talk. Writing out our prayers not only keeps us focused on praying, but it’s a beautiful way to remain focused on praising! God loves to hear how much we love him and all the ways we love him.
3. Writing a love letter to God serves as a love gift to him.
Yes, he knows our thoughts of love. But I believe he loves to see us take steps to a stronger relationship by acting in and on love. Writing down our thoughts of love toward God is a love offering to him. We lift it up in purity and the very act of writing it draws our hearts closer to him, giving him our love.
4. Writing a love letter to God encourages my trust in him.
No one wants a love that grows distant over time. The stronger the love grows, the stronger the relationship trust builds. The more intimate the relationship, the deeper the trust. The practice of writing love letters to God encourages my heart to trust in him fully, through all circumstances.
5. Writing a love letter to God strengthens my relationship with him.
For the month of February through the True Love Bible reading plan and journal, I’ve enjoyed reading God’s love letter to me, soaking in the ways that his love sustains, protects, and envelops me. It has been absolutely wonderful! The journaling portion of the book includes writing a love letter to God each day. I’m not going to lie; the daily practice of doing this has challenged me in such a good way! There are days when I’ve gotten busy and had to write two letters because I didn’t pause long enough to reflect on my love for him or I simply couldn’t get the words written down. Praise the Lord, he already knows my thoughts, but oh, how I’ve recognized the precious way he empowers me to love him more. I can hardly explain it.
Have you ever written a love letter to God? What would you tell him if you did?
By his grace,
True Love Bible Reading Plan and Journal