My friend Scott experiences the love of the Father when God speaks to him in music, license plates, and ads in the newspaper (to mention just a few of the ways). Scott and I have a couple of worship songs we really like, and you wouldn’t believe how often Pandora or Sirius or XM radio play them when we are together. Call it coincidence, but Scott and I know better. These are love notes from our Father right to our hearts.

Ashley believes God made butterflies for her. Kelly sees God in baseball. Travis encounters God’s love in every hunt he goes on. David sees the Father in the houses he restores. My wife, Robin, feels his love when the clock turns to 11:11. She will say to me, “Look, Jesus loves me”; it’s something special just between him and her. Shouldn’t every love affair have something that’s just between two hearts?

It starts and ends with the Father’s love. He loved us first and he loves us most; he is the author and perfecter of our faith, and that faith is based on love.

An excerpt from The Heart of a Warrior.