Hey, Wild Woman–appplication question for you. While listening to Alistair Begg this AM, I concluded that while I know God loves me, I have not internalized that. If I had internalized it, my love for others would be flowing forth in far greater quantity. How do I overcome that blockage? I know that I am weak/missing an element in my relationship with Him (my fault, not His) and it seemed to come together this am. Now, how do I overcome?
Internalization comes 2 ways: 1) meditating (Josh 1:8) and 2) speaking (out of the mouth comes the overflow of the heart). So you could meditate on key scriptures about the love of God, chewing them over in your mind. (I write them on an index card and carry them in my pocekt each day so I can reflect on them whenever I’m waiting, walking, etc.) As you speak these truths as a prayer or speak them out loud to memorize them, they become imbedded in your heart. The more you speak them, the more internalized they become.
Scriptures to start with are Psalm 23, Isa. 43:1-4, Romans 8:31-39, and 1 John 4:15-21.
I also recommend reading the book Surrender to Love by David Benner.