Friday, April 4, 2014

Two Dollars, Two Hours, Transform a Life

This idea has been pressing my heart for a few months.

It all started late last summer when I met a precious teen girl. She'd give bits and snippets about her life to me, her vivacious zeal drawing me in and causing remembrances of my youth when anything seemed possible. You remember those moments of wanting to emerge from the group? To stand out from the crowd and show the world you're a unique individual.

It's hard to be different
when you want to be accepted by your peers.

Her story is not mine to share, so I won't go into the details. I only know from the moment I met her, I felt compelled to pour love onto her and into her heart. She needs to know how beautiful she is, how unconditionally loved she is, how her uniqueness is celebrated by Him. 

I'm almost ashamed to admit how long I've been hearing Him telling me to do this. It's been months. I finally took the time to act on His prompt.

This project won't take much money or much time to complete, yet its heart effects will last a lifetime.

Pretty Container & Colorful Index Cards
$1 each from Dollar Tree


With the help of Biblegateway, I searched for Bible verses that had 'LORD says' in them. There are hundreds. While many won't apply because they are used by the prophets and seem woeful, there are more than enough for this project. 

Next I searched 'LOVE' followed by 'GRACE'. In under 2 hours, my intentions of having a month's worth of bible 'He Loves Me' verses was fulfilled. Actually, I was enjoying the process so much, I lost count while writing, and ended up with over 40 cards. 

Each card is handwritten with one verse and a catch. To make it truly personal, the person's name is inserted into the verse. Sometimes I think we forget the Bible is one giant Love Note written to each of us individually. For this reason, I believe it's incredibly important to personalize the verses as well as write them by hand. I know typing them up might seem quicker or easier, but taking the time...under 2 hours...to write by hand exemplifies you care.

~ Love Always, God

And something I didn't expect happened along the way of creating this little love basket of notes. 
As I wrote out cards, I had my own heart-transforming connection with Him. 
I realized again His love, His grace, His peace; and THAT my friends, is priceless.

How have you shown others they are loved?

Happy Friday! 

PS ~ If there is enough interest in the verses I used, I will generate a PDF 'cheat sheet.'
PPS ~ I received the parents' permission before communicating with this child. 

UPDATE:  Here's the 'cheat sheet list of the verses:  Love Always, God

22 comments:

  1. Forget the two dollars; this is priceless Larri! You have really put "shoe leather" to your faith and serving for the kingdom of God. When we come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, our Sins are forgiven and we are set free unto salvation's eternal life, as our spirit is regenerated by the Holy Spirit and we have a restored personal relationship as sons and daughters of God - our Heavenly Father. This is why we can replace our name into the verses of the Bible; because they truly are speaking to us (both individually and as brothers and sisters of the kingdom of Heaven. To bless others with this message of love is a joy and privilege of the child of God, for we have been blessed to be a blessing. And as you say, by blessing others with the love of Jesus, we are blessed ourselves by the Lord in the process. Its not a win/win situation, but a bless/bless situation, and by your post today, you have blessed me too. Right on time Larri! Love, Brian

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    1. Humbled by your comment, Brian. It's amazing what happens when we just take time to put into action His prompt. Glad I finally listened. :)

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    1. And you, Jennifer. Let me know if you give this idea a try. Looking forward to learning who you bless with His love & word.

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    1. Thanks, Val! It's very simple to complete. Hope you give it a try. :)

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  4. What an affirming and uplifting way to show someone they are loved.

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    1. Thanks, Shay! I'm sure you've met kids who just need a hug and someone to listen. If they take the time to share a bit of their life with us, how can we not respond with love? :)

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  5. I truly love this idea! As soon as I read it, God put a couple of ladies on my heart...now all I have to do, is make my purchases of cards and a cute box to put them in! Thank you for being obedient AND sharing the idea with the rest of us!! Love you my friend!

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    1. Thank you, Kathy! I'm thrilled His word is being poured into others. Such a simple way to show love, yes? Be sure to tweet me your recipients' reactions. Love ya, friend! :)

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  6. I love this idea - and I love your servant heart!!

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    1. Thanks, Aurie! I bet your girls would enjoy getting some Love Always, God notes from you. :)

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    1. Thank you, Petra! We should always share when He inspires us, yes? All the glory to Him. ツ

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  8. What a wonderful way to reach out.

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    1. Thanks, Kate! I think it was well received.

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  9. What an absolutely beautiful gift.

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    1. Thanks, Melissa! I think she received it well. I plan to make more for some other kids in our church. I write these same verses & give to my own children each day. A little note for their pocket when they need reassurance during their time away from home at school.

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  10. This is so beautiful! I am so thankful you listened to the Holy Spirit's prompting. I know that this young woman will be extremely blessed as God's love is reaffirmed to her. Blessings!

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    1. Thanks, Barbie! We could all use a reminder of His love, yes? I know there are days I simply get caught up in life and forget He loves me in spite of my failings. Thanks for stopping by! ツ

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