Oh loves, what a week it has been! This week has been packed with so many things…but alas I sit here to write this blog post, with some worship a blaring + I am more excited than ever to share with you what hit my heart so deeply this week… the ideas of living loved.
For those of you that have read some of my recent blog posts, you may know that I am currently reading through this book called Uninvited by Lisa TerKeurst. Have you gotten it yet? If you haven’t… DO IT! More recently in my readings I have really been reflecting on something Lysa talks about in her book; a topic Living Loved. For example she says:
“Live from the abundant place that you are loved, and you won’t find yourself begging others for scraps of love”
This sounds sooo great + all, but HOW does this work?! How do we not let the world bother us when our days go completely astray? How do we not become a slave to our own emotions based on circumstances? How do we not make assumptions in our head that lead to a downward spiral of crazy thoughts + ideas that were never warranted?
It’s certainly true that some days I really feel loved + other days I simply do not. Some days hit me like a block of bricks. One comes down + the rest just come piling with it. Don’t you agree? Also, often I find myself getting upset by the littlest things once my day starts off on the wrong foot. Oh I got a displeasing look from someone at the grocery store? Okay, that must mean that I looked right past them instead of smiling…. or that I am too dressed up to be at the grocery store… or maybe I accidentally cut them in line to get salmon did I, did I? Am I the worst person ever?! OR MAYBE… IN REALITY… that person is just thinking about the mounds of work they have to do after hey leave the store + they have a cross look on their face that I am taking to mean they are upset at ME… when really it has NOTHING to do with me. Have you done this? At the grocery store, or at work, or driving on the highway, or in line for coffee? Our days become dictated by the moods of others, or our internal assumption of what they must be thinking.
So what if none of this “stuff” phased us + we could have something like stable love!? The kind of love that never leaves you feeling empty. I mean, just go ahead + sign me up for that immediately! Lysa talks about the idea of “living loved” as a source of “quiet daily surrender to the One who made you”. One quick check in on this is thinking about what our first instinct is when we wake up. For me, it is my phone. I instantly grab it, check my messages, my instagram, + then my emails… in that order. Also, having a job that IS social media just makes it that much worse to actually try + avoid it even if you wanted to! I won’t lie, sometimes I find myself praying in the morning but my mind is so out of whack that midway through prayer I jump on instagram. Then suddenly I find myself thinking “Kait, what in the WORLD are you doing girlfriend?” What happens is that “our souls are grasping for God but we’re too distracted flirting with the word to notice.” It happens to me, quite frequently actually. Does it happen to you?
Slow down for once my loves. SLOW down + take a second to breathe. Living loved means we have to slow down our pace + allow God into every crack of the spaces in our day. Once we start living in the motion of slowing down + receiving Him fully, we start to feel like we can really breath. For me personally, something that has really helped me lately is verse memorization. I have been struggling with anxiety or getting ahead of myself with my thoughts so in a moment I feel the rushing of emotions, I immediately fixate my brain on the verse. Right now, my verse is Isaiah 26:3.
“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.” Isaiah 26:3-4
Another thing you can do is plan out “dates with God”. Yes, this sounds silly, but really all it is is setting aside time to be with Him in the most romantic way possible. This allows you to have dedicated time + space for you + God. Not only that, it will become something you will look forward to even more, because who doesn’t love being romanced? This past Sunday I went to a restaurant, brought my book + my notebook, got a glass of rose + spent some amazing time with Jesus. It was beautiful, + fruitful. I found myself laughing + crying + being iffy with excitement. Who needs men when I have amazing dates with my guy Jesus, riiiiight? 😉
All of this to say, this is only the beginning of how to live a life loved every. single. day. Stay tuned for the next post next week where I go into more detail from Lysa’s book + how it relates to me personally.
Live Loved -K
Photos by Kat Hennessey