In Embraced by God, Babbie Mason opens her book with "Have you ever wondered, 'Does God really love me? Does he accept me as I am? Do I really matter to him?'" She continues to say that we are each God's favorite. "He loves you as if you are the only one to love."
After a lifetime of struggling against severe depression, including suicide attempts, and the realization that I had been sexually abused by my father as a child, I thought, "No one has ever loved me this way." I think I read and re-read that introduction to Embraced by God at least twelve times. I continue to read and re-read Babbie's daily lessons. Her prayers and her selections of Bible verses speak to me with almost every paragraph, if not every sentence.
I can be intimidated by others' knowledge and understanding of the Bible, but Babbie tells the stories, links the verses of Scripture, and throws in stories of her life in a way that embraces, rather than intimidates me. Every time I read I find reassurance and answers.
I now have the wonderful opportunity to start the second half of my life.