Just As I Am

by Susie Klein



                               

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“Just as I am…” If you grew up in the kind of church that ended almost every service with an invitation to “come forward” to invite Jesus into your heart, you know this song. You could hum it along with me right now couldn’t you?

The song was about how much God loved you…
just as you were…
warts and all.

He loved you before you started reading the Bible every morning. He loved you before you found a church to go to every Sunday. He loved you before you joined that Women’s Bible Study on Wednesdays. He loved you before you completed the New Believer’s Class. God loved you before you promised to witness to all of your neighbors.

He loved you as is.

He still loves you as is.

He is not waiting for you to get it right. He is not waiting for you to finish reading through the Bible in a year. He is not waiting until you can lead the Women’s Bible Study on Wednesdays. He is not waiting for you to memorize 30 scriptures a month. He is not waiting for you to go on a short-term mission’s trip. He is not waiting for you to lose thirty pounds. He is not waiting for you to stop yelling at your kids.

God is not waiting for the new improved you.
God does not love the potential you.
He loves the today-you.

He loves the messy-kitchen-you. He loves the late-for-the-school bus-again-you.
He loves the forgot-it-was-Picture Day-you. He loves the dusty-Bible-you. He loves the frozen-pizza-for-dinner-you. He even loves the slept-in-on-Sunday-you.

God loves you just as you are today…this hour…and this minute. If He loved you before you even loved Him, why are you working so hard to get Him to love you now?

God loves you today…
Just as you are.
Take a breath and believe it.
God loves you.
Just as you are.

Email Author    |    Website About Susie Klein

Susie Klein is a 50-something lady, married to the love of her life, with two grown sons, an adorable daughter-in-law and a silly dog called, Layla. After over 25 years in full-time vocational ministry she is now a freelance writer and professional blogger, with encouraging articles in various online magazines and print devotionals. More than slightly addicted to Facebook and blogging, you can always find her at Recovering Church Lady. Visit her blog, Recovering Church Lady, or follow her on Freelance Website, Susie Klein – Writer. Visit her Fan Page on Facebook

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Toni C September 10, 2014 at 4:17 pm

Two words Susie. Love this 🙂

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2 Kathy September 10, 2014 at 8:35 pm

I am saved, but still a sinner and He still loves me , that’s so rich a grace!

I love reminders of God’s enduring love. I used to love to hear Elisabeth Elliot say at the beginning of her radio show every day, “You are loved with an everlasting love.” from Jeremiah 31:3. She said it every day because we all need to hear it over and over!

Thank you for being that reminding voice today.

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3 Susie Klein September 11, 2014 at 9:36 am

We all need to hear it again and again. Not sure why it is so hard to believe that He already loves us. Maybe because we are usually not too crazy about ourselves.

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4 Nikki September 10, 2014 at 10:11 pm

I know it…I’ve known it for ages…and yet it is so refreshing to hear someone else say it and remind me! 🙂 thank you, Susie…{HUGS}

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5 Susie Klein September 11, 2014 at 9:36 am

Thanks Nikki, I’ll take that hug!

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6 Pam Steiner September 12, 2014 at 6:27 am

Oh Susie, I love this so much…and I needed to hear this too, right now, just as I am…without one plea! Jesus LOVES me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so! Thank you for this timely reminder. Sometimes we forget because we get so inundated with the “must dos and don’ts” of life, and we get overwhelmed with our own inadequacies. But Jesus loves us just the way we are. Thank you. I can breathe again!

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7 susie Klein September 22, 2014 at 9:33 pm

yes we do get swallowed up by the incessant “must dos and don’ts”, that’s for sure!

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8 Michelle Westbrook September 13, 2014 at 2:44 pm

Stopping by from the Counting My Blessings link up! I pinned your post – love it! Thank you.

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9 susie Klein September 22, 2014 at 9:32 pm

Thank you Michelle!

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10 Dawn Paoletta ( September 22, 2014 at 9:27 pm

Oh my goodness, this is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoo good. This right here is the message that can never stop being proclaimed. It sets people free. He died so we would know. KNOW, and BELIEVE this one thing…and share it. YES!!!!

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11 susie Klein September 22, 2014 at 9:31 pm

Thanks so much Sweet Dawn! And I agree!

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