Watch this video by Hawk Nelson, “Live Like You’re Loved”.
After listening to this song by Hawk Nelson, the lyrics have been weighing on my mind. In a generation where so many young men and women are growing up without the love of a father (and as one who has shared in that journey) I have been asking, “Father…what does it look like for me to live like I am loved?”
As I ponder that question, something inside of me leaps. Perhaps it is the Holy Spirit; the Spirit of TRUTH that is leaping for joy at this declaration over my soul.
As I thought through this, I remembered times that I actually lived like this and I recalled the joy and blessedness of living like this.
- I was looking to purchase a house and all that seemed to be in my price range for a family of 5 were mice-invested dumps. I had this ‘wish list’ that I presented to the Lord; my Husband (Isaiah 54). I received an invitation to look at a house that was being re-done. As I walked through the house, I realized every little thing I had asked for was there! And the company was willing to work with me on my mortgage, to make the payments affordable. My initial thought was NO WAY…but THEN I remembered who HE is and He is the God who love to lavish Himself on his children. I lived like I was loved and cared for and said, “YES.”
- I was in so much physical pain I could not get out of bed some days. I discovered that I had started believing a lie that “all the women in my family seemed to have back and hip issues and it was my time. I would have to get used to living in pain.”. As a friend prayed with me, we got to the root of the lie, and I began to make choices to live like I was loved by caring for my body and paying for chiropractic care…God HEALED me and set me free from a lie.
- I enter a room or environment where I don’t know anyone, knowing that people will like and enjoy me because ‘I AM LOVED”…it gives me confidence and boldness to be me. I don’t live under a cloud of condemnation and accusation.
The list could go on and on. But these are just a few times that I have made the CHOICE to live like I am loved.
Oftentimes we wait to FEEL like we are loved and so sit in a pit of despair…but as the words to this song says “live like it” we have to choose to live out the truth whether our emotions are in agreement or not.
The word says God is a GOOD FATHER. Oftentimes I have to imagine what the character of a Good Father looks like. As the daughter of an alcoholic, abusive father and the wife of a man who also struggled with addictions and abandonment; my image of a father has not been good. So in order to live like I am a loved child of the King…I have to bypass these lies of who He is and what circumstances tell me and imagine what a GOOD Father and Faithful Husband act and look like. When I set my mind on truth…then I must ACT on that truth and live like I am loved. I am a child of the King of Glory and a beautiful spotless bride.
To live like I am loved truly means that:
No weapon formed against me can prosper.
The Great I AM is my defender.
I am not condemned but received with open arms; even when I mess up.
He is overwhelmed with emotion when I run to Him.
He takes care of all my needs according to His glorious riches.
This is how we are invited to live each and every day. This is what we can model to our children about the nature of a Good, Good Father.
What does it look like for you to live like you are loved and behave like you are set free?
By Misty Honnold
Mother of 2 adult girls, 2 adult sons & 2 amazing son-in-laws (married to daughters)
1 Corinthians 13 Parenting Team Member
Executive Director and Founder of The Single MOM KC
Hostess of Mocha Moments For The Single MO