I Just Want Somebody to Love Me

 “My dove in the clefts of the rock, in the hiding places on the mountainside, show me your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely,” (Song of Solomon 2:14 NIV).

Today, read this verse as Jesus speaking to you, his bride.

OK, let’s talk some girlfriend talk. The subject – old boyfriends. In the eighth grade it was Mike Body who was as cute as he was quiet. I thought our “love” would last forever. It didn’t. In the ninth grade it was Bill Pegram. He was two years older than me and his big blue eyes were the reason I joined the church youth choir. The music in my heart grew faint when he moved out of town the next year…but I stayed in the choir.

In the tenth grade it was Jimmy Weeks, the football star. Our “romance” lasted from September until June when he broke my heart. I thought I would never recover until I caught a glimpse of Jim Byrd, the surfer boy, who rode a wave into my heart in the eleventh grade. That ended in a wipe out until the twelfth grade when a blind date grabbed my attention for the next three years.

Those teenage years can be quite dramatic and traumatic, but the search to know and be known doesn’t end with high school graduation.  And while the scenery along that journey changes with the years, the longing remains the same. We all want to know and be known by someone. We long to find that special person who will look deep into our souls and share our lives.  And friend, I know just who you’re looking for!

It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about the Samaritan woman at the well or the New York executive on Wall Street, human beings long to know and be known by someone on a personal and passionate level. And there is Someone who is pursuing you. His name is Jesus. He is the only One who can satisfy that inner longing to be completely known and sweetly loved. Could it be that you already have what you’ve always wanted? Do you know that He is pursuing you?

One of my pastors noted that 75-80% of college students who were actively involved in church in high school, fall away from the faith by their sophomore year of college. Thirty percent never return. Why? He believes one reason is overwhelming shame and guilt.

We only have to look at Adam and Eve who hid from God because of the shame and guilt of disobeying His one command. Then there was Moses who ran away from home and from God because of the shame and guilt of killing the Egyptian.  But in each case, God pursued the ones who ran. And the first question recorded in the Bible was when God asked Adam and Eve, “Where are you?”

I don’t know where your heart is today. Maybe you are still looking to people, possessions or power to fill that God-shaped void in your life. Maybe you are struggling with guilt and shame and are wondering if God even wants to have a relationship with you. Oh dear friend, as a girlfriend who has done her share of hiding, I can promise you that God is asking right now, “Where are you?”

He loves you. He longs to be in relationship with you. He desires to see your face. Go to Him. No, run to Him. He’s waiting with open arms.

Let me ask you the question I asked earlier. Could it be that you already have what you’ve always wanted? I believe the answer is “yes.”

Let’s Pray

Dear God, sometimes I wonder why you even bother with me. I make so many mistakes. How thankful I am that You continue to pursue me even when I mess up. How blessed I am to know that You love me just the way I am, but too much to let me stay that way. I love you so much. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 Now It’s Your Turn

Do you believe that God is pursuing you?

Do you believe that God longs to have a relationship with you, no matter what you’ve done in the past?

Are you hiding?

If so, I want you to know that reading this devotion today is no accident. Most of my devotions are directly related to books that I have written, but not today. This one is just for you. If you could sense God speaking to you, then I’d love to know about it. Just click on the comment tab and say… “This one was for me.”

 Want More?

God has great dreams for you. He wants you to come out of hiding and begin the abundant life that He planned all along. If you’d like to learn more about His incredible plans for you, check out my book, Your next great adventure is waiting just around the bend!

64 Responses to I Just Want Somebody to Love Me

  1. SHERRIE June 28, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

    THIS ONE WAS DEFINITELY FOR ME. THANK YOU.

  2. Marisse June 28, 2012 at 3:18 pm #

    This one is for me!

  3. Rebecca June 28, 2012 at 3:21 pm #

    This one’s for me, Sharon, on two levels! First, I relate to your dating experience– that was me! I always wanted to be loved and known! Second, I relate to the guilt and shame feelings as a new mom and wow are they overwhelming at times! But I also know and have been reminded that Jesus sees and loves me very much! And I can share it with other moms and girlfriends!

  4. AVERIA June 28, 2012 at 3:22 pm #

    wow thanks, this one was just for me!!

  5. melyndia June 28, 2012 at 3:34 pm #

    that was for me

  6. Bonnie June 28, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

    This one is for me. I am hurting for someone to really love me. I feel like I have failed in every area of life. I am a Christian and saved, but still dealing with the consequences of rebellion and poor choices. Some days I just don’t know how I can go on. Please say a prayer for me.

    • Debbie June 28, 2012 at 5:03 pm #

      This one is for me!!! Thanks so much!!
      To Bonnie, I feel your pain. Just remember, Jesus died and rose again for all of what your dealing with. The very spirit that rose HIM from the dead is the same spirit that lives inside of you. Jesus paid it all on the cross, now you/we have the power in Him to not beat ourselves up about the past. He does not want us to live there. If we choose and we do, to look in the rear view mirror that is were we will live. We are a new creation, live free.
      Remember that Gods loving kindness is better than life itself and his love is what leads us to repentance!! It’s a gift he gives us so we don’t have be in bondage to ourselves.
      Love to you sister.
      Debbie

      • Sharon June 29, 2012 at 12:04 am #

        Amen! I just love when you gals minister to each other. What a beautiful picture of the Body of Christ.

    • Sharon June 29, 2012 at 12:07 am #

      You’ve got an entire community praying for you.
      Blogger friends, let’s pray for Bonnie.

  7. Kate June 28, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

    I’ve always asked God for a “true best girl friend” who wouldn’t let me down and who would be my best friend for life. I realise now that Jesus is who I’ve been looking for and He’s already with me! And not only that, HE’S pursuing ME, not me Him!! How amazing is God, that He would use you to speak to me so personally, JUST LIKE THAT!!

    • Sharon June 29, 2012 at 12:06 am #

      Amen! You got it girlfriend!

  8. pattie June 28, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

    Hi! I HAVE TO SAY THIS ONE IS TRULY JUST FOR ME. I STARTED TO CRY WHEN I READ THIS I KNEW YOU WERE TALKING TO ME AND I FELT HE LET YOU KNOW WHO YOUR TALKING TO. AM TRYING TO STAY STRONG IN MY FAITH, I KNOW ALL WILL WORK OUT FOR MY GOOD I KNOW I HAVE TO WAIT ON HIM, I HAVE NO OTHER CHOICE AT THE SAME TIME I CAN HOPE. EVERYONE TELLS ME WHAT I ALREADY KNOW THAT GOD HAS BETTER FOR ME BUT NO ONE COMES STRIGHT OUT AND SAY HE IS OR ISN’T FOR YOU,AND PERHAPS I ALREADY KNOW OR MAYBE AM TRULY UNAWARE.

  9. Concetta Gerald June 28, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

    I am seperated from my husband pending a divorce. He wants the divorce. When we married 3years ago, we attended counseling before getting married. We both agreed that divorce was not an option. We have both hurt each other and we need major christian counseling. All I can do is go to counseling for myself to heal from all the abuse and now divorce. I am praying that God will save our marriage. I still love my husband inspite of the issues and I know if we would go to counseling and stay in counseling we could have a beautiful life together. I know it takes both of us to want to do that. I know in time my heart will heal and I must look to God to help me through this time of my life. My vows I took for a lifetime. It’s reassuring to know that God loves me even when my husband doesn’t love me anymore. God will never stop loving me. That put a smile on my face. Thank you.

    • Sharon June 29, 2012 at 12:05 am #

      Don’t give up on your marriage. You might want to hop over to my articles tab and read the article, God Can Resurrect Your Marriage from the Ashes.

  10. Patricia June 28, 2012 at 4:29 pm #

    This one is for me. May God continue to bless your ministry abundantly!

  11. Lisa June 28, 2012 at 4:33 pm #

    Thank you for writing this, a word in due season!

  12. Laura June 28, 2012 at 5:02 pm #

    THis one is just for me!!

  13. Judy June 28, 2012 at 5:10 pm #

    “This one was for me.”

  14. Mary weber June 28, 2012 at 6:04 pm #

    SHARON., That one realy was just for me,
    Thanks.

  15. Chelsea June 28, 2012 at 6:07 pm #

    This one was definitely for me today! Thanks so much!

  16. Becky June 28, 2012 at 6:13 pm #

    Thank you for reminding me that God wants to hear my voice.

  17. Barbara June 28, 2012 at 7:06 pm #

    This one is for me Sharon, I have been divorced for 10 years and am 51 years old. I want and pray for a partner in life. I want to be loved and love someone so badly that I cry about it night after night. I beg God for a man in my life. The funny thing is your question,”Doyou already have what I wanted?” When I was married I wanted to be single and my husband divorced me. Here I am single wanting to be married. Unfortunately the divorce was because of my rebellion and sometimes I feel like God is punishing me. Thank you for your word of encouragement today. They spoke right to my heart. Please keep me in pray to accept his will for my life and for my desires to be in line with His.
    In Christ, Barbara

  18. Margo June 28, 2012 at 7:17 pm #

    Yes, THIS IS FOR ME,,,,, I am so lonely, even in a room full of people. I suffer from depression on top of it. I wish I could feel in my heart that Jesus really loves me and has forgiven me all of my horrific sins. I am really scared that I will be forever alone,

    • Sharon June 29, 2012 at 12:02 am #

      No matter how you FEEL, the truth is…you are not alone. You just need to get your feelings to catch up with you knowings.

    • Debbie June 29, 2012 at 12:41 am #

      Dearest Margo,
      You are not alone in these feelings. I too at one time felt this way and them a very wise woman recommended me do a study on the names of God. I did the Kay Authur one. I have to say, it changed me. When we really know the character of God, who he is it made me question less. All that chatter in our heads. Does He really love me, am I really saved, why do I feel like this if He does. I am a firm believer in the deeper we understand who God is the less we become and He is gloried.

  19. Edna June 28, 2012 at 7:41 pm #

    This one is for me. Thank you.

  20. Jeannette Rivera June 28, 2012 at 8:06 pm #

    This one was for me!! It made me smile as I was reading it and to know that He DOES love me and will NEVER leave me!!!

    • Sharon June 29, 2012 at 12:01 am #

      He’s certainly not like those old boyfriends! He’s not going anywhere.

  21. Ana June 28, 2012 at 9:56 pm #

    OMG This one Was for me! Came at a perfect time. Thank you!

    • Sharon June 29, 2012 at 12:01 am #

      God’s timing always amazes me! He’s good like that:)

  22. Brandi June 28, 2012 at 10:30 pm #

    This one was definitely for me! Thank you for answering the questions in my head & heart!

    • Sharon June 29, 2012 at 12:00 am #

      I praise God for answering it in MY head!

  23. Dawn June 28, 2012 at 11:08 pm #

    This was straight to me!!!

    • Sharon June 29, 2012 at 12:00 am #

      Praise God! Isn’t He sooooooo good!

  24. Francesca June 29, 2012 at 6:07 am #

    This one is for me!!!!

  25. Immaculata June 29, 2012 at 6:37 am #

    Thanks dear, You are really God send. This one is for me.

  26. Lisa M June 29, 2012 at 11:49 am #

    I don’t always get a chance to read your posts everyday like I want but when I do you always bless me! I believe the Holy Spirit prompts me to read the ones I really need. And like you said its not by accident. With all that said, I must agree this was for me! Thank you so much!
    God Bless!

  27. Maureen Barnett June 30, 2012 at 5:37 pm #

    This one was for me! Thank You for your obedience! Feeling lonely even though I have a wonderful husband and family! This reminded me He is there always no matter what I’ve done! Maureen B.

  28. Barbara July 1, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

    I’ve heard it before but I know that God’s timing is perfect timing! And I praise Him that he is not a fair weather friend but The One who understands us completely. Thank you Sharon for responding to His wisdom.

  29. Karen July 1, 2012 at 7:29 pm #

    This one is for me!

  30. Theresa July 2, 2012 at 1:32 am #

    ….positively for me!! what timing, what an awesome God we have! What a great gift you are in helping me see the truth… Thank you Sharon!

  31. Lisa July 2, 2012 at 3:31 pm #

    This was definitely for me!! This past weekend I’ve been sad, feeling like I need an earthly friend who values me and wants to invest in my life as much as I invest in others and try to help others. I spent time with God last night, and cried to him about how I felt. Then I started the book “Fearless” by Max Lucado, which directly addressed fear of being unimportant….that’s just like God isn’t it! LOL Then, today, I open your message, and the confirmation of the love he has for me and His desire to be my “True friend” and father was right there in the words he lead you to share! Thank you 🙂 for being the willing vessel God called you to be 🙂 Lisa

  32. Esther July 3, 2012 at 11:40 am #

    This is right for me. Powerful Exhortation!!

  33. Iris July 3, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

    This is much needed…this one for me. Your GRACE is sufficient. Lord have MERCY!!!!
    -Iris

  34. grace July 3, 2012 at 3:02 pm #

    thank God for this devotion.i am blessed beyond measure.God bless you and continue to inspire you.Grace

  35. Jenny July 3, 2012 at 4:51 pm #

    This was for me too. I feel like the choices I have made. And hurts I have caused are going to keep me from going forward into any good place. Or place of peace. I don’t know how to accept Gods forgiveness and move forward without reminding myself constantly of my choices. Praying for strength.

  36. Rosemarie July 3, 2012 at 11:16 pm #

    This one is for me. I am hiding I don’t know what to do I am hiding .I dont know how and where to start .I know he loves me but I can’t feel him anymore. I did something and I know he has forgiven me but I don’t know how and where to start over I lost my husband,my home,my hope etc!!!!!!!!!! I need him to find me

    • Sharon July 4, 2012 at 1:11 am #

      Oh honey. He has found you. He’s right there with you with his hand outstretched.

  37. hattie irving July 5, 2012 at 2:04 pm #

    I just judge my baby sister yesterday for her past and i am so sorry and i asked her forgiveness this morning

  38. Terry July 5, 2012 at 5:02 pm #

    This one was for me. I’m 62 and disabled. I left my first husband for all the wrong reasons and ended up married to a man who loved to party more than he loved me. When I became disabled, he no longer wanted me. This ruined my self esteem and left me feeling unloved. I went to live with my daughter and her family, but I often feel that I’m a fifth wheel and a burden. In my desperation to find love, I tried on-line dating, but no one wants to be with a person who’s disabled. Instead of finding love, I was a victim of scammers. I love the Lord with all my heart, but sometime wonder if I’m being punished for past sins. Thank you for this article which confirms His love for me.

  39. Ann-Marie July 8, 2012 at 7:22 pm #

    The retell of this story was profound. It brought back so much how we should strive to be more like Jesus.

  40. Temi July 8, 2012 at 10:41 pm #

    Thanks. You wrote this article for me. I’ve always longed for a friend to love me just as I am. I thought I found that in my fiance, but he left me. I talked to him this night and I know he’s really left me. I’ve been crying. i feel it’s my fault and I don’t deserve to be loved. Thanks. Your article brought warmth to my heart. No one can love me like the Lord. Despite my weaknesses, He loves me. I’m dedicating my life to the Lord afresh, to love Him with all my heart.

    • Sharon July 9, 2012 at 2:13 am #

      I’m so sorry for your heart ache, but excited about your new commitment to Jesus.

  41. Beth Waithaka July 10, 2012 at 8:43 am #

    This one was for me. Thank you for sharing your experience…

    God bless You!

  42. Diana John July 10, 2012 at 10:42 am #

    Thank you Sharon! God bless for the beautiful messages that you send. It actually pierces the heart.

  43. Roselyn July 12, 2012 at 5:32 am #

    definitely for me too…
    to God be the glory!

  44. Jay July 12, 2012 at 7:15 pm #

    This one was for me

  45. Margie July 15, 2012 at 3:40 pm #

    This one’s for me!!

  46. Priya Mary Varghese July 19, 2012 at 11:25 am #

    Thank you Sharon. This one was just for me.

  47. Marlene July 24, 2012 at 7:35 pm #

    This one was for me!!! No doubt about it. Thank you for listening and obeying. God Bless you Sharon!!!!!

  48. Susy July 31, 2012 at 3:21 pm #

    this one is for me, guilt does stop me from talking to God, learning that my sins will not close the door that leads to him, learning to overcome that barrier!

  49. Cindy August 22, 2012 at 4:01 am #

    this one is definetely for me…no matter how many scriptures i read, i still feel llke the sinner of the sinners. I am still searching for breakthough, long after the repentence.

    how can i forgive my self?

  50. Denise September 10, 2012 at 1:21 pm #

    This one is for me. I know that it is no accident that I came across this devotion this morning. I was praying to God that I hope I am truly forgiven and I don’t know why I keep messing up. I don’t understand why my life is not reflecting that I believe in Jesus Christ. I felt like I was so “hard-headed” that God had just about given up on me. Thank you for this devotion and I am so thankful it was still available to view this morning. I felt God telling me, he loves me no matter what, and If I am truly sorry, then he truly forgives and loves me.

  51. Shelley September 18, 2012 at 9:28 pm #

    This one is for me.

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