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Bonnie Gray is author of Finding Spiritual Whitespace: Awakening Your Soul To Rest, garnering starred review praise from Publisher's Weekly, named as one of PW's top 6 notable new religion authors. Bonnie is a featured contributor at (in)courage and her writing is nationally syndicated, spotlighted by Relevant Magazine, Catalyst Leadership, Today's Christian Woman, and Christianity Today. A UCLA graduate, Bonnie has been a missionary, ministry entrepreneur and Silicon Valley high-tech professional. Bonnie serves up shots of faith for the daily grind on her blog Faith Barista.com. Bonnie lives in Northern California with her husband Eric and their two sons.

God's Love Note: Why The Story That Breaks You Makes You Beloved

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Bonnie Gray is author of Finding Spiritual Whitespace: Awakening Your Soul To Rest, garnering starred review praise from Publisher's Weekly, named as one of PW's top 6 notable new religion authors. Bonnie is a featured contributor at (in)courage and her writing is nationally syndicated, spotlighted by Relevant Magazine, Catalyst Leadership, Today's Christian Woman, and Christianity Today. A UCLA graduate, Bonnie has been a missionary, ministry entrepreneur and Silicon Valley high-tech professional. Bonnie serves up shots of faith for the daily grind on her blog Faith Barista.com. Bonnie lives in Northern California with her husband Eric and their two sons.

I'm afraid I'll break down, God.

I'm afraid I'll cry so hard. And I don't want to.

I'm going to see little children who want to see Your love. In two days, I'm stepping on an airplane to fly to a foreign country on wings whose bones have just been set. The ink of my own journey to heal from painful childhood memories has hardly had time to dry. The last panic attack I had was last March.

Yet, You're inviting me to go where I haven't been, to look into the eyes who long to know they have a voice.

I'm afraid I can't bear the weight of their stories. Of my own story, when I'm just learning to gather the courage to speak — in the voice of the little girl who is still alive in me.

Messy

I'm scared it will be messy, and I won't know how to hold in my heart all my eyes will see — and the memories it might trigger.

What if I break down and the children end up seeing my cry? When I ought to be Your ambassador to shine Your light and offer cups of soul refreshment?

Maybe what I'm really afraid of is who I am when I touch the hand of someone who suffers the pain of not having a voice.

Maybe when I stand in the presence of such quiet strength and bravery of the little children You love — and the courageous families who hold onto hope like morning dew clings to clover — with tender beauty — the me who is vulnerable, needy, and feels so inadequate will emerge.

What if I'm not enough?

Then, I found a letter.

A Letter

It was left in the quiet places of my heart, whispered in the most tender Voice.

A love note from God. As I read it, I realized it was meant for you too.

Because aren't each of us journeying through our own stories — walking into foreign territory in our hearts parts we've hidden that are vulnerable, needy, and feeling inadequate?

In two days, we will wake up to Valentine's Day — and the stories of love that have broken us, healed us, and even the ones that have shamed us, with words we wish we never heard or heartbreaks we longed to never taste — will surface.

Before I travel with Compassion International to meet children of special needs in the Dominican Republic to write about how their stories will irrevocably shape mine — and ours — I want to share God's love note with you.

May this letter tenderly nurture the One thing God longs to love: you.

Dear You,

I want you to know. You'll never be unloved.

You'll never face a lonely night alone again. Because I will be there.

I always have. And it breaks My heart in a thousand pieces for all the times I couldn't take you away from all that has broken your heart, made you cry, and caused you pain.

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I've collected all your tears in a bottle, and I hold all your sorrows, so that you can be loved anew again.

I wish you could look into My eyes and see how much I love you, from the very beginning, as I gently and beautifully made you — deep within. How I traced every part of myself onto your heart and hid it as treasure inside your soul. So that no matter what the journey through this life would take you through — your heart would always be next to mine.

My love makes you beloved. My beloved.

Will you make some space in your moments. In your days — to let Me in?

Will you let Me love you?

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I want you to come close — closer than you've ever been before. Don't be afraid. I long to be with you. As is. Your heart is My home.

I love you. Simply. Truly.

Meet me in the quiet. Be the beloved. Just rest.

Forever Yours, Jesus.

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As I read this letter, I realized, maybe I don't have to be afraid of breaking down.

I'll be able to say "Jesus loves you" in a language that reaches soul deep.

I will speak in a voice that recognizes the little child who longs to be heard.

I will be able to see all the beauty, joy, light, and goodness Jesus carries in His heart for each child He unconditionally cherishes.

Simply as His Beloved.

Maybe what I really need is to break down. Then, I'll really be present with Jesus and those He loves.
Myself included.

How is God calling you to rest — and be His Beloved?

Be the Beloved. Just rest.

Has God been tapping on your heart — to be God's love letter to a child in need? Sponsor a child with Compassion this week & receive an exclusive Lisa Leonard Necklace using this link.

Join me as I live blog my heart unscripted on my trip with Compassion this week in the Dominican Republic with Holley Gerth, Lisa Leonard, and Ruth Soukup!

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By Bonnie Gray. Bonnie is the soulful author of Finding Spiritual Whitespace: Awakening Your Soul To Rest, which has garnered starred review praise from Publisher’s Weekly, named as the Top 6 notable new religion authors.  Bonnie blogs at Faith Barista, serving up shots of faith in the daily grindShe writes for DaySpring (in)courage, Revelant Magazine, spotlighted by Christianity Today and Catalyst Leadership.  After graduating from UCLA, Bonnie served as a missionary, ministry entrepreneur, and Silicon Valley high-tech professional. She lives in California with her husband, Eric, and their two sons.

For inspiration to create space in your life to breathe, order a copy of Finding Spiritual Whitespace: Awakening Your Soul To Rest.  This memoir-driven guidebook for rest will nurture your heart to draw closer to God. 

"Whitespace is soul grace. Bonnie Gray ushers weary women into the real possibility." - Ann Voskamp, NY Times bestsellng author of One Thousand Gifts

"If you want to hear Jesus speak more tenderly to your soul than ever befrore, this is the book for you." - Lysa TerKeurst, NY Times bestselling author of Unglued

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