By: Juliandra Durkin
I first heard this poem at a Wonderfully Made event when I was in college. Sitting outside on the lawn, one of the girls at the end of the meeting asked if she could share a poem that meant a lot to her. I remember my eyes stinging a bit with tears because the words were meaningful and pressed on my heart. We ALL asked her for a copy of the poem- it meant that much to us! And I hope it inspires and speaks a bit of truth from God’s heart to yours today!
Because You Are Loved by: Unknown Author
I made her. She is different. She is unique.
With love I formed her in her mother’s womb.
I fashioned her with great joy!
I remember with pleasure the days I created her.
To Me she is beautiful.
I love her. I love her smile. I love her ways.
To hear her laugh and to see the silly things she does.
She is herself and not one else.
This is how I made her.
I made her pretty, but not beautiful,
Because I know her heart and I knew she would be vain.
I wanted her to search her heart,
and learn that in ME she would be beautiful.
It would be my spirit that would draw people to her.
I made her in such a way that she would need ME.
I made her a little more lonesome than she would like to be,
Because I want her to turn to Me in her loneliness.
I make her dependent, so that she would depend on ME.
I know her heart, I know that if I had not made her like this,
She would go her own way,
And forget about Me, her Creator.
I have given her many good and happy things because…
I Love Her.
I have seen her broken heart,
And the tears that she has cried alone.
I have been with her and had a broken heart, too.
Many times she has stumbled and fallen,
Because she would not take My hand.
She has learned hard lessons,
Because she would not listen to My voice.
So many times I have sadly watched her go on her own way…
And now she is mine again.
I made her. And then bought her. I paid a high price for her.
Because I LOVE HER.
I have had to reshape, and remold her,
Renewing her for My plan.
It has not been easy for her or for Me.
I want her to be conformed in My image.
This is the goal I have set for her.
Because… I LOVE HER!
Photo Cred: Neil Kumar
Juliandra Durkin is the manager for Wonderfully Made’s blog Know Your Value. She also writes at Written Jewels, a personal blog with stories and reflections on life. Besides writing, she spends her free time exercising or out in nature. Give her a beach or a mountain; sunrise or sunset, she loves it all, especially walking her dogs in the woods! A graduate of Westmont College, Juliandra was able to attend three study abroad programs exploring Spain, parts of the Middle East, and Mexico. These experiences gave her a heart for culture and travel and she hopes to get more stamps in the passport soon!