My God Love Story

bandaged heart

bandaged heart

“Though we are incomplete, God loves us completely. Though we are imperfect, He loves us perfectly. Though we may feel lost and without compass, God’s love encompasses us completely. … He loves every one of us, even those who are flawed, rejected, awkward, sorrowful, or broken.”

-Dieter F. Uchtdorf

I’m enjoying another Proverbs 31 online Bible study. This one is based on Lysa TerKeurst’s book, Am I Messing Up My Kids? … and Other Questions Every Mom Asks. This week we’ve been studying the section titled, This is All I Have to Give. For our blog hop this week we were given three topics to choose from:

  1. My God Love Story
  2. Favorite Ways to Relax and Refill
  3. This is All I Have to Give

I would have found it easy to write about topic 2, but God told me I needed to share my God love story with you. So here goes . . .

I don’t know about you, but I don’t like to feel weak, or flawed, or broken. In contrast, God’s Word says:

“But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” I Corinthians 1:27

For the past year, God has been taking me through dark places, allowing things to happen to me and my family that I would never choose. I haven’t been happy with God. These dark places hurt. They’ve shown me things about myself I didn’t want to see. These places have left me weak, flawed, and broken, utterly dependent on God. Most people have no idea of what I’ve been going through, because I haven’t been at liberty to share. I’ve had to trust God. And, surprise! He’s been faithful (actually, that’s not such a surprise, is it?!)

In June I attended the Write Canada conference in Ontario. I thought I was going to learn more about writing and to spread the word about InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship. God had other plans. He wanted to demonstrate His love to me through complete strangers who love Him.

Two women hugging

The first “hug” came through two ladies from Alberta who shared a hotel room with someone they’d only talked to on Facebook. Instead of having to pay the full cost of a hotel room, I only had to pay 1/3. Not only that, but these ladies shared from their hearts about the dark places God has lead them through. It was as if God was saying, “You’re going to make it. Hang in there.”

The second “hug” came through a pastor from British Columbia who prayed over me for no reason other than that God placed it on his heart to do so. He had no idea what I was going through, only that I was burdened.

The third “hug” came through a lady from Ontario. She has the same first name as me, grew up as a missionary kid like I did (but in a different part of the world), and has just finished going through the exact same deep dark place God is taking me through. We had never met before the conference. I went to encourage her after she asked a question during a session, and she started sharing with me about this deep dark place God had led her through. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. She understood, because she’s walked the same rocky path I’m on. God used her to tell me, “There’s hope. You’re going to make it through to the other side. Trust God. He has a good plan for you.”

My way is still dark, but I’ve been reminded that God loves me, because His followers have been faithful and obedient. He cares, and He will bring me through. In fact, I think He’s carrying me right now. I can almost see Him smiling down at me saying, “We’re almost there. Just a little bit further. You won’t believe what I have in store for you!”

I don’t know what you’re going through today, but God does. Let’s trust Him together. He really does love us, and sometimes He uses other people to remind us of His love.


  1. Sabrina Ebert on July 23, 2014 at 6:02 am

    Oh, yes indeed…He uses unexpected ways…that just flaws us. Glad he lined up those hugs for you. Glad you embraced it in return, acknowledged who it was from and that it is encouraging to know He has got your back…loves you and WILL see you through.

    Thanks for sharing…
    Blessings and hugs

    • Ruth L Snyder on July 23, 2014 at 6:12 am

      Thanks for stopping by and encouraging me with your comment. Keep following and trusting God 🙂

  2. Lisa on July 23, 2014 at 7:03 am

    A beautiful testimony. God kept me awake all night to finally agree to get up and write my love story. Was asked to be vulnerable. I don’t like being exposed, but choose to say yes. I don’t often speak about the way I feel loved and adored by God, it’s hard stuff to write about.. but valuable.

    God Bless you!

    • Ruth L Snyder on July 23, 2014 at 7:12 am

      Thanks for sharing. We sound a lot alike 🙂 Yes, this is hard stuff to write about, but we need to share. Blessings back at you!

  3. Debbie W. Proverbs 31 Ministries OBS Team on July 23, 2014 at 8:40 am

    God is always there just in time to bless us when we are going through those dark times. I’ve had them too sister. Times I have shared with no one but God and a time I could not even share with Him I was in so much pain, but He knew and He walked me thru it and was there for me even though I was not calling out to Him because the pain was so deep I could not. I am lifting you in prayer because I know you are hurting and I know it is tough. Thanks for sharing your heart Ruth and know you are in my thoughts today and in the days ahead. A shoulder if you need one. Hugs. Debbie

    • Ruth L Snyder on July 23, 2014 at 9:26 am

      Thanks for your understanding and offer of a shoulder. We all need those. I especially appreciate the prayer support. This morning I received a phone call that has added to my burden that I need to cast on God. Thanks for standing with me. I know God’s got this and I need to trust Him. I choose to do so today. The Lord is my Light and my Salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life of whom shall I be afraid?

  4. Jen Cudmore on July 23, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Isn’t it amazing those how God orchestrates things to bless us when we need encouragement? I just finished reading a book called “When Life is Hard” and God really reaffirmed His love and purpose for me.

    • Ruth L Snyder on July 24, 2014 at 4:56 am

      It is amazing how God orchestrates blessings in our lives. He cares for us so personally! I’m glad you’re feeling loved and encouraged 🙂

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