The Life Truth That Changes Everything (and I Do Mean Everything)

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. 

There's a simple life truth that saved me from suicide twenty years ago, and that has been re-making me ever since. If you can fully grasp this concept 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. You've got to read this and discover it for yourself! There's a FREE printable here too--my gift to you--and some beautiful art from Red Letter Words that can remind you of this truth everyday.

 

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.

There's a simple life truth that saved me from suicide twenty years ago, and that has been re-making me ever since. If you can fully grasp this concept 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. You've got to read this and discover it for yourself! There's a FREE printable here too--my gift to you--and some beautiful art from Red Letter Words that can remind you of this truth everyday.

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.

There's a simple life truth that saved me from suicide twenty years ago, and that has been re-making me ever since. If you can fully grasp this concept 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. You've got to read this and discover it for yourself! There's a FREE printable here too--my gift to you--and some beautiful art from Red Letter Words that can remind you of this truth everyday.

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.

There's a simple life truth that saved me from suicide twenty years ago, and that has been re-making me ever since. If you can fully grasp this concept 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. You've got to read this and discover it for yourself! There's a FREE printable here too--my gift to you--and some beautiful art from Red Letter Words that can remind you of this truth everyday.

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.

There's a simple life truth that saved me from suicide twenty years ago, and that has been re-making me ever since. If you can fully grasp this concept 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. You've got to read this and discover it for yourself! There's a FREE printable here too--my gift to you--and some beautiful art from Red Letter Words that can remind you of this truth everyday.

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.

There's a simple life truth that saved me from suicide twenty years ago, and that has been re-making me ever since. If you can fully grasp this concept 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. You've got to read this and discover it for yourself! There's a FREE printable here too--my gift to you--and some beautiful art from Red Letter Words that can remind you of this truth everyday.

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.

There's a simple life truth that saved me from suicide twenty years ago, and that has been re-making me ever since. If you can fully grasp this concept 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. You've got to read this and discover it for yourself! There's a FREE printable here too--my gift to you--and some beautiful art from Red Letter Words that can remind you of this truth everyday.

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?

There's a simple life truth that saved me from suicide twenty years ago, and that has been re-making me ever since. If you can fully grasp this concept 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. You've got to read this and discover it for yourself! There's a FREE printable here too--my gift to you--and some beautiful art from Red Letter Words that can remind you of this truth everyday.

For this reason, I chose to hang this beautiful 20 x 30″ “You Are Loved” piece by Red Letter Word Art in our homeschool room. This incredible piece was inspired by bestselling author Holley Gerth.

There's a simple life truth that saved me from suicide twenty years ago, and that has been re-making me ever since. If you can fully grasp this concept 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. You've got to read this and discover it for yourself! There's a FREE printable here too--my gift to you--and some beautiful art from Red Letter Words that can remind you of this truth everyday.

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.

There's a simple life truth that saved me from suicide twenty years ago, and that has been re-making me ever since. If you can fully grasp this concept 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. You've got to read this and discover it for yourself! There's a FREE printable here too--my gift to you--and some beautiful art from Red Letter Words that can remind you of this truth everyday.

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!

Dee’s created so many beautiful designs–everything from greeting cards to 5 x 5 art pieces to 20 x 30 art pieces like the “You are loved” piece.

“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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Please enjoy the free printable and check out Red Letter Words!


We are linking up this week at Favorite Things Friday, Grace and Truth

About Alicia Michelle

As a wife and mom to four passionate kids, Alicia Michelle loves encouraging other moms with practical tips for joy-filled living in everyday life, especially in parenting, marriage, faith and health.Alicia is the owner/editor of Your Vibrant Family; the author of Plan to Be Flexible, The Back to School Survival Manual; and the creator/producer of the "7 Days to a Less Angry Mom Online Video Course,", Christ-Centered Christmas Resources and My Memory Box Organizing System. In addition, she is a monthly contributor for several popular family blogs, including Crosswalk.com.Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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Amy - September 18, 2015 Reply

Thank you Alicia for sharing your story! Your words of support and encouragement, reminding us of God’snlive for us all are so powerful! Beautiful artwork too!

    Alicia Michelle - September 18, 2015 Reply

    Thank you, Amy! It is a privilege to me to be part of a God’s awesome testimony of redemption! He is incredible, and I am happy to share His story through my life. Thank you for your encouragement. And yes, the art from Red Letter Words is amazing! Truly. Dee’s pieces are all over my house! 🙂

Tara Mitchell - September 19, 2015 Reply

It takes a big heart to be as transparent as you’ve been in this post. I pray that it touches many hearts as much as it touched mine. Blessings to you.

Lisa - September 21, 2015 Reply

Wow Alicia – that was brave to share that. I understand. I’ve battled depression and suicidal thoughts during my life. Things have been really rough the past year and the feelings keep creeping back. Thank you for the beautiful reminder of Jesus’s love for us.

    Alicia Michelle - September 21, 2015 Reply

    Lisa, thank you for being brave and sharing too. Yes, that was such a difficult period of my life. And there have been times since then when I have felt those feelings creep back in like you said. But the difference for me between that time and if they creep up now is that I have SO MUCH more confidence in God and in His mighty sovereignty for my life. When I feel those emotions, I try to look beyond the moment and really focus on the truths of the situation. The verses listed in the printable from the post are a great start on what the truth is, and how God feels about each of us. This grounds me and centers me and helps me through the trials. His love is REAL and IS truth. I am not afraid to share what I went through because it’s such an important part of my testimony and I want others to know that hope and healing is possible, even in the darkest moments.

Deb Wolf - April 23, 2016 Reply

What a beautiful post! Thank you so much for sharing your story. I was on my way to speak at a women’s retreat and asked God, “what is the one thing you want me to say to these women today.” I immediately felt Him say, “Tell them I love them.” You’re right. It’s a truth that changes everything!

    Alicia Michelle - April 26, 2016 Reply

    Thank you! Yes, knowing that we are 100% loved by Him–getting that deep into our bones–changes absolutely everything. We see the world differently! Thanks for sharing, and I pray that many women were touched by what you said at the retreat! Hugs!

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