One day almost twenty years ago, I came face to face with a horrible fact: I wanted to end my life.
I had battled depression and self-esteem issues for a long time, and the pain had become unbearable.
As I sat on the floor of my college apartment’s bathroom (a bottle of aspirin in my hand and tears rolling down my cheeks), I wrestled with my jumbled, emotional thoughts. I’d become a Christian a year before and, hidden in my heart (way down deep) was a solitary life truth that softly whispered to my troubled soul:
You are loved.
I didn’t believe it that day, at least not fully. But having a tiny glimmer of that life truth in my heart was enough to compel me to put down the bottle of pills and pick up my Bible again and continue to push through the mess.
I know that’s a very heavy way to start off a post, but, friend, I want to tell you that it’s 100 percent true.
That simple life truth saved me that cloudy March day, and it’s been re-making me ever since.
How This Life Truth Has Been My Anchor and Hope
Fast forward ten years. My life had radically changed: The depression was behind me, and now I was happily married with two small boys.
I was again exhausted and emotional, but for a very different reason. As I nursed a new baby all night and chased a toddler all day, my self-identity was once again in question.
I asked God, “Who am I?” as I embraced the relentless role of motherhood. And in my heart I heard him confirm once again:
You are loved.
Since that time, I have experienced many other ups and downs in my life. Scary things. Beautiful things. And through it all, I’ve felt the life truth “You are loved” growing stronger and more vibrant in my heart.
Why Knowing This Simple Life Truth Changes Everything
I say that the life truth “You are loved” changes everything because, well, it simply does.
If you can fully grasp—not just in a Sunday-School-sort-of-head-knowledge-way—that you are utterly and completely loved, then I guarantee that you will be set free.
You will look at your circumstances differently. You will parent differently. You will manage your finances differently. You will speak differently to your spouse.
What once looked frightening and overwhelming becomes bearable (and dare I say, joy-filled!) when you can understand—and completely believe—this simple life truth.
When you realize that the One holding the entire universe together is the same one who is completely crazy about you, you find yourself realizing that there really is nothing to be afraid of.
Life doesn’t become perfect, but the pain becomes purposeful as you trust that He will re-make it into a glorious testimony.
Exploring and Discovering This Life Truth Together
“You are loved” is a life truth that needs to echo in every corner of our home, especially as we teach, encourage and inspire our kids to live on purpose for God.
Think about it: How differently would your life choices have been if you’d known beyond a shadow of a doubt that you were utterly and completely loved by God?
I want to introduce you to Dee Kasberger. As the artist behind Red Letter Words (the creator of the beautiful pieces I’ve showcased in this post), she too is passionate about leading others to deeper knowledge of this awesome life truth.
I’ve had Red Letter Words Art in my home for many years now, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been inspired by these simply beautiful art pieces. I have them all over my home so as to constantly remind me of my ultimate purpose as a wife, mom and friend.
Now that you’ve heard my story about how I’ve been radically shaped by the life truth “you are loved,” you can imagine how I felt when I saw this art piece by Red Letter Words.
My heart still leaps as I read all of the words on this piece. I am blessed! Chosen! Accepted! Delightful! Irreplaceable! Secure! Carried! Known! Valuable! And victorious! All because I can know beyond a shadow of a doubt this life truth: I am loved by God.
In fact, the simple statement “You are loved” seems to bring all these other life truths together, doesn’t it?
I want my kids to see these truths every single day. I want them to begin to filter all their experiences through the life truth “you are loved.” Because I know it makes a difference!
And, honestly, there are days when my desperate, weary heart needs to hear this life truth more than anyone else in my family.
A Free Gift For You
I was so inspired by this piece that I wanted to see for myself what the Bible actually said about all of the beautiful words in the “You Are Loved” piece. And I discovered a treasure trove that I want to share with you!
I’ve created a free downloadable printable simply called “You are Loved: 101 Bible Verses” that has scripture references for each of the truths listed on the “You Are Loved” art print. I promise that the true beauty of this printable is found in looking up each of these 101 verses for yourself.
Spend time contemplating these Scriptures and let them speak powerfully to your heart. Let them comfort your weary mama soul. Or even share them with your kids! What a great family Bible time this would make!
Enjoy! It’s a free gift to you.
And consider how artwork from Red Letter Words Art could bring new levels of joy and truth to your family’s everyday home experiences.
I love filling the walls of our home with God’s encouraging, transformative truth found in Red Letter Words Art pieces!
“You are loved”: I believe understanding this simple life truth (and then spending the rest of your days exploring the depths of it!) is the doorway to the fullest, most complete life.
It’s the journey God longs each of us to experience. “You are loved” is the encapsulation of every other beautiful gift we can find in Christ.
“I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.” Ephesians 3:19
FTC Disclosure: I received products from Red Letter Words Art and was compensated for my time. However, all opinions stated here are 100 percent mine, and I was not required to post a positive review.
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