A Father’s Love by Laura Jackson

2013-07-08 22.35.34 (2)Laura Jackson loves books–reading and writing them. A life-long reader, Laura studied English in college and taught 7th grade language arts before earning her Master’s degree and becoming a school librarian. Now, she spends her days sharing great books with kids and her evenings writing books about teenage girls discovering God and His plan for their lives.

A Father’s Love

by Laura Jackson

I heard once that a girl’s relationship with her earthly father impacts her relationship with her heavenly one. After all, how can a girl or woman see her heavenly father as loving and caring if her biological one walked away? How can she see that the creator of the universe pursues her with an everlasting love if she’s never met her own father?

That’s where Lindsey, the main character in Worth the Time, finds herself. Because she attends a private school, she hears about God’s love all the time, but she’s never experienced it and can’t believe it’s true.

And while we can’t all identify with Lindsey’s struggle, we’ve all been in places where we’ve doubted God’s love, His forgiveness, His willingness to rescue us no matter what we’ve done.  Countless times, I’ve told myself there’s no way God will forgive me for _____, and I fill in the blank for whatever sin I just committed. I beat myself up, chastising myself for not learning the last time, for falling down again.

But, that’s not the truth. The truth is that while I was a sinner, Christ died for me. The truth is that His grace is sufficient for me. The truth is that I will make mistakes until the day that I die, and that Jesus already paid the penalty for them.

The truth is that Jesus loves me and gave Himself for me.

So, if you’re in a place like Lindsey was, convinced that God doesn’t have time for you, that grace can’t cover your sin, that Jesus doesn’t love you, please take a moment to read these verses from the book of Psalms.

God’s love for you is never going to change, fade, or stop. Your creator is head over heels in love with you, regardless of your past sin or your current struggles.  You are worth the time to Jesus.

His Steadfast Love Endures Forever

Psalm 136

to him who alone does great wonders,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
to him who by understanding made the heavens,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
to him who spread out the earth above the waters,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
to him who made the great lights,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
the sun to rule over the day,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
the moon and stars to rule over the night,
for his steadfast love endures forever;

23 It is he who remembered us in our low estate,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
24 and rescued us from our foes,
for his steadfast love endures forever;

More about Worth the Time:Girl Taking Picture of Herself and Her Father

Doesn’t anyone feel she’s worth their time?

Routinely ignored by her single mother, high school senior Lindsey Hamilton hides her loneliness behind a mask of flirtatious self-confidence that has many boys wrapped around her finger. However, during community service required for graduation, she meets a shy guy with a haunted past who barely gives her the time of day. Why doesn’t he like her?

Then the father she thought had abandoned her before birth wants to meet, and she discovers everything she believed about him is a lie.

How will Lindsey learn to trust so she can realize that she has been loved all along?

Worth the Time on Amazon

Thanks for joining us, Laura.  You’re right, we’re all worth the time to Jesus.


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