My Greatest Love

There was no Journey Through the Psalms Friday today because…

I’m just coming out of a crisis. A crisis of colossal proportions. I started to write a Christian romance novel many weeks back, thinking I was answering a deep need. A need I didn’t realize was my own and not necessarily my readers’. I hit a snag a few days ago as I began to see the underlying meaning of it all. I had written short of 50,000 words and along the way, was getting more and more “involved” with my main characters that I felt I was living through them. Or wanted so much to live through them. You know, to feel the thrill of pure love and unadulterated romance in my veins once again.

But one night, I went to bed uttering short prayers even as my body succumbed to weariness and sleep. Why am I doing this? This is not good. And I knew then, that what I was really doing was looking for something to satiate the deep hunger and thirst inside me. How was that even possible? I had known that deep thirst before and the only One who could quench it. I had found my way to the well just as the Samaritan woman did.

But there were distractions, diversions along the journey.

People seek love. I believe no one’s exempted from this need. That’s why people devour romance novels and movies; spend hours in fantasies and daydreams. They look for it in their relationships and marriages and in the things they do. And yet, the hunger remains not fully satisfied. That’s because novels and movies are not reality and husbands can only do as much. They are men with weaknesses and flaws, too, not the dashing heroes we read about (for these are just products of the author’s own fantasies).

No. None of these will ever be enough. Because the truest truth is that: only JESUS can complete us. Only He can satiate the deep hunger. Only He can quench our thirst so that we’ll never thirst again.

We feast on the love story of Ruth and Boaz, how that Boaz redeemed Ruth and loved her completely; of Salmon and Rahab, how this Judean prince stormed the harlot’s chamber to deliver her and her family when the walls of Jericho came crumbling down, and later on making her his wife; even of Hosea and Gomer, how the faithful and obedient prophet married and loved the harlot Gomer unconditionally. We fall in love with them. But truth is, that is Jesus loving us! He is the Redeemer in Ruth, the Savior and Deliverer in the story of the Wall of Jericho, and the Lover of our unfaithful souls in Hosea who never gives up on us.

Jesus is the greatest love we could ever have. Our Defender, our Hero, our Champion, our King. He is our Bridegroom, we are His beloved Bride. And He loves us fiercely and intensely. Wouldn’t you want to be held in the everlasting arms of the Savior King?

Listen to this song and fall in love with Jesus all over again. (Consider turning off the music player found at the bottom of the side bar – thank you).

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Journey with Jesus,


  1. Oh yes Rina, you are speaking clearly to women today! Even as an old lady, I have to beware of seemingly harmless daydreams enticing my thoughts away from my One & Only True Love, Jesus Christ. Jesus is absolutely ALL I need to have perfect fulfillment & joy & love. “In His presence is fullness of joy!” He really is worth our wholehearted devotion…mind & heart. My prayer is that we understand how empty our other enticements are & how perfectly good & satisfying it is to satiate ourselves in the Lord! Love & prayers, in Jesus, Cynthia

    • RinaPeru says:

      Amen, Cynthia! To realize how empty our enticements are is true wisdom! Blessings to you!

  2. Naomi says:

    Beautiful post. Thank you!

  3. Maria says:

    Absolutely beautiful! Thank you for sharing! “Only Jesus can can complete us”—-just the reminder I needed.

  4. Linda says:

    Daydreams can spur us on or bring the deadly dissatisfaction that draws our hearts away. Thank you for sharing your “crisis”. Courageous. Blessings, Linda

  5. HisFireFly says:

    If we find ourselves in a place where we don’t think Jesus is enough…
    nothing else will be enough either!
    praying that you continue to feel His love enveloping you

    • RinaPeru says:

      It is indeed a scary thing to be immersed in other things because we think Jesus isn’t enough. May it never ever happen.

  6. Hazel Moon says:

    I do hope you will complete your fiction book and a simple place to put it is on “Smashwords” a free service for e-books. You can set a charge what ever you like.
    It is true that only Jesus can satisfy our deepest longings. Thank you for sharing your lovely post with us here at “Tell Me a Story.” At:

  7. Thank you for these words – i’m grateful to find you through Coffee for Your Heart! I look forward to connecting through your Facebook page.
    “Only Jesus can complete us” – thankful for this reminder. Love The Victor’s Crown too!

    • RinaPeru says:

      Thank you, Renee. The Lord Jesus makes everything in our lives exquisitely beautiful! Blessings to you!

  8. How true. We long for romance, even after we have it. I have a wonderful husband and others may have a wonderful boyfriend or whatever, but no love can fill us like the love of Jesus. I long for Him every moment.
    … But please don’t give up on your novel! :)
    I loved your blog. It’s beautiful. I found your link over on Titus2Tuesday.

    • RinaPeru says:

      Exactly the sentiment of my heart, Jamie! And thank you for your encouragement! Blessings to you!

  9. Trudy says:

    I just found your link at TellHisStory, and I’m so glad I did. This is so beautiful, Rina. You touched a deep chord in my heart. Love the picture and quote! Thank you for encouraging me today.

    • RinaPeru says:

      Thank you, Trudy. Deeply grateful to the Lord for all the beautiful ways He loves us! Blessings to you!

  10. Holley Gerth says:

    Rina, this is so good…thank you for drawing our hearts back to the Lover of Our Souls!