How He Loves

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A couple of months ago, my friend Stephen Brewster sent me John Mark McMilllan’s “Skeleton Bones” single. Ever since, I have been slightly obsessed with John Mark McMillan and his song “How He Loves.”

Later when Integrity Music released the official “How He Loves” single, they created a video of John Mark sharing the story behind the song.

I’ve watched it literally a dozen times.

And I’m still trying to digest the meaning behind his emotional words…

Love can be such a non-word sometimes. It loses its meaning, its potency. You know, like? I really love a cheeseburger. And then…I really love a sunny day. And…I really love my family. None of those loves are remotely the same. They are totally different things…

The love that I am singing about in that song is not a pretty, clean, Hollywood, hot-pink love. It is the kind of love that is willing to love things that are messy, difficult, and gross.

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Words that are a beautiful testament to how God loves us so incomprehensibly, so uniquely, so powerfully, so messily.

And I realized that most of us have a story about how He has loved us or how we have been overwhelmed by His love.

And NOTHING makes me aware of the meaning, and the potency, of His kind of love than hearing stories…Stories of restoration, redemption, grace, and mercy.

So this week, I have asked a handful of my favorite bloggers people to share theirs. I hope you enjoy.

How have you been struck by His love lately?

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Lindsey has a sincere love for her precious dogs Molly and Maisy, a good red wine and the Delta Sky Club. She spends her days (and some nights) laboring to end childhood hunger at Feed the Children and to gather, equip and unleash women at IF:Gathering.

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  • Such a great idea, Lindsey. Looking forward to reading the stories.

    PS. Seriously, I LOVE that song. Beautiful!
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  • Makeda

    Its funny because I am listening to that song on repeat when I saw your blog post. I love this song! I keep reliving the words "I don't have time to maintain these regrets when I think about the way He loves us." Such beautifully, powerful words. In all of my mess the Father is there, loving me in spite of and because of the things I think are so ugly. What a humbling thought. This song has moved me more times than I can count. Redemption has been on my mind a lot lately. I look forward to reading those stories of redemption and restoration.

  • Awesome song. Thanks for sharing it.

  • through community.

    i have watched the online community rise up in prayer and support for others these last few weeks and it has blown my mind. brent and i have been the recipient of some of this too.

    this community has been a conduit of Gods love. an extension of grace and blessing.

    what may seem impractical and unconventional to some (outside of online relationships) has been life giving to others.

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  • Tammy

    Wow! Thanks for sharing this. I have been incredibly impacted by this song from the very first time I heard it performed in our church. It is even more amazing now after hearing the story behind it. Thank you!

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  • That is by far one of my favorite songs! I had never seen this video…I am so glad you posted it. It was so moving and it reminded me of how our God loves us no matter how ugly and messy we are.
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  • It happened on March 31 and still amazes me that a single mom like me who's rented and moved her daughter fifteen times — including changing continents — living from paycheck to paycheck, and who's never dreamed of owning a home, would actually become a homeowner because of the amazing favor of God. From the $ 100 earnest money to the down payment government grant, God blew my mind by giving me and my daughter something we never imagined — our very own home.

    I've always felt our very breath is a gift from God; everything else is icing on the cake.

    So humbled and grateful for this icing.

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  • Hi there. I love this idea, and I will look forward to the posts that are coming!

    Hmm . . . I just asked my family of five that question. I wanted to be able to post a cute comment with adorable kid-comments about God's love. But, honestly, my question fell to dead quiet. Nothing. And our family has struggled this last month–a lot–as we adjust to a new place, new culture, disappointments left and right. And it makes me sad that examples of God's love weren't flowing off of everyone's toungues at a moment's request, but I guess there is a hard truth in that, too. That sometimes, we just can't look around and feel loved by Him. But that feeling doesn't change the truth of His love. . . . see other comment.
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  • continued . . .
    I think of Brooke Fraser's song, "Faithful". . .
    "When I can't feel you, I have learned to reach out just the same
    When I can't hear you, I know you still hear every word I pray
    And I want you more than I want to live another day
    And as I wait for you, Maybe I'm made more
    Faithful."

    Thanks for the reminder.
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  • mmm. one of my favourite moments of life was seeing john mark sing that song live!

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