In Others’ Words: The Power of 10

God loves you 2014

I always look forward to Mondays.

I like meeting up here, starting the week with all of you, the readers of this blog — the ones who comment, and the ones who “lurk,” as we say in social-media-speak.

It’s always fun to think, “How shall we start the week? What quote should I share with them to set the tone for Monday — or maybe even the entire week?”

Sometimes I browse the Internet .. or a favorite book or two … or I post a quote someone has sent to me. And sometimes finding the quote takes a while — longer than I expect — while other days, almost before I know it, I discover exactly what quote I’m going to use.

Such was the case for today’s quote.

” … spend ten minutes each day thinking about the fact God loves you.”

In her book The Beauty of Broken, Elisa Morgan identified this as a new kind of “love dare,” originally presented in Made to Be Loved by Steve and Valerie Bell. 

And I thought: What would today be like if I gave 10 minutes to remembering that God really, truly does love me?

I’m giving it a try: 10 minutes thinking about the fact — the truth — that God loves me.

Want to join me?

In Your Words: What helps you remember that God loves you? Was there a time in your life when you knew, without a doubt, that God loves you? I’d love for you to share with us today.

 

 

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16 Comments

  1. June 16, 2014, 5:47 am   /  Reply

    Great suggestion, Beth. It might be the best 10 minutes of our day, right? Maybe it’ll make us more productive.
    I love Mondays too–the start of a new week. I tend to get the most done on Mondays. Let’s hope today is no exception. (I’m procrastinating. I should be rewriting a novel. Ugh!)

    To share from your last post–here’s a great way to remember and pray about His love:

    He says I am fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14)
    He says my name is engraved on the palm of his hand. (Isaiah 49:16)
    He says he started something good in me and that he will complete it. (Philippians 1:6)
    He says he loves me with an everlasting love. (Jeremiah 31:3)

    • June 16, 2014, 7:10 am   /  Reply

      Have a wonderful Monday, Michelle!
      I’m writing (and rewriting) too.
      And yes, thanks for the reminder of those anchor truths!

  2. June 16, 2014, 8:19 am   /  Reply

    I was a long time coming to the knowledge that God loved me. After all, if my own father didn’t want me, why would anyone else, especially God? Made a lot of bad choices, but God never let go of my hand. He waited until I returned to him, then welcomed me with open arms, much like the son in the story of the prodigal. That was about 17 years ago. And he has truly restored the years the locust ate.

    Great post!

    • June 16, 2014, 5:43 pm   /  Reply

      It’s a deliberate choice to listen to what God says about us and to us, Pat — and believe that instead of what anyone else says.
      And it’s a life-changing choice.

  3. June 16, 2014, 8:23 am   /  Reply

    I’ve never heard of the “10 minute concept” but what an incredible way to start the week – and every day! What I love most about this is that to understand how much God loves me, I need to know what Scripture says. I could easily see 10 minutes stretching out to longer because there are SO many verses on how much God loves us. What a great use of time and start to any day!

    • June 16, 2014, 5:42 pm   /  Reply

      My 10 minutes did stretch longer because first I found the verses … and then I wrote them down in my journal so I wouldn’t forget them … and then I made one into a visual and posted it online.
      🙂

  4. June 16, 2014, 9:44 am   /  Reply

    I love this idea, Beth. I have a Thankful Journal where I try to write at least 3 things a day I’m thankful for. I often find myself thinking about how much God loves me. There have been many times when I’ve been reminded how much God loves me.

    A few years ago, when I had complications to a surgery, God gave me so many glimpses of His love for me as I worked through the process of healing. He showed me through little things like amazing sunrises, but He also showed me as friends came alongside me and helped my family when I couldn’t do the normal things I did for them. He showed me in His word and the messages He shared with me through that time. I saw His fingerprints all over that season. 🙂

    • June 16, 2014, 5:41 pm   /  Reply

      Isn’t it fun to look for “God’s fingerprints” throughout the day, Jeanne?
      I know I often uncover unexpected joys.

  5. June 16, 2014, 10:09 am   /  Reply

    Wow. What a simple and powerful concept….I’m starting this today Beth!

    What helps me remember God loves me? The fact that I’m still standing. Last year was the absolutely hardest year of my life. My beloved mom’s death, my father-in-law’s death two weeks later, my daughter’s wedding two weeks after that (yay – but bittersweet), two major shoulder surgeries in 6 months, migraines etc. etc., all added up.

    But I’m still standing. God got me through so I know I can trust him to keep me going, dealing with the difficulties.

    • June 16, 2014, 5:40 pm   /  Reply

      Sometimes the most challenging times in our lives are when we see God the most clearly.
      And yes, God is trustworthy.

  6. June 16, 2014, 10:36 am   /  Reply

    Some days this question is hard to answer. Today’s one of them.

    I guess the knowledge that I still have love to give reminds me that God loves me, too.

    • June 16, 2014, 5:39 pm   /  Reply

      Andrew,
      The Word says we are made in God’s image … and I see that evidence in your life, even though we’ve never met face to face.
      I know God loves you because he uses you to reflect his image to the world in the way you rescue those wonderful dogs of yours.
      I know God loves you because he uses you to reflect his image to the world in the way you speak truth boldly and unashamedly.
      I know God loves you because he uses you to reflect his image to the world int he way you walk in hope.
      Somedays are harder than others. I know that, even as I realize I don’t truly understand all you face.
      But your life encourages mine.

      • June 16, 2014, 5:47 pm   /  Reply

        Beth, thank you.

        You are an encouragement to me, as well; your words are often the hook by which I pull myself into my day.

  7. June 16, 2014, 10:09 pm   /  Reply

    […] The amazing thing is in that season, He lavished His grace on me. He called me up short when I questioned His love, but He didn’t stop loving me. He reminded me that He loves me completely, passionately and perfectly.  […]

  8. Teresa R
    June 16, 2014, 10:36 pm   /  Reply

    I so like this idea of focusing on how much God loves me for 10 minutes.
    A time I knew that God loves me was back in 2006. I had made a bad decision and moved in with a man who was not the right choice for me. I heard God’s voice out loud asking, “Why are you settling for 2nd best when I want to give you My very best?” That very day I walked away from this relationship and into the loving arms of Father God. A few months later, He connected me with the one who is now my husband, whom my soul loves. How marvelous and amazing God is!

    • June 16, 2014, 11:32 pm   /  Reply

      What an amazing example of God’s love for you, Teresa. Thank you for sharing!

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