For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
I grew up in church my entire life and had parents who taught me God’s word. I heard all the stories about how much God loved me. Yet,for years, when I read this famous scripture in John 3:16 I always felt like the line “For God so loved the world” only applied to me because I live in the world. It never felt personal to me.
As a child and young adult I was the quiet one who only spoke when spoken to. I was the last picked for every team because I was horrible at sports. In those moments when you feel so unseen the enemy loves to creep in and whisper lies about our identity. He tells us that the truths in God’s word are not for us but instead for everyone else. He tells us that we don’t measure up and makes us wonder how anyone could ever love us, especially the God of the universe.
The problem with these lies is that we rarely bring them into the light. It would feel silly to raise our hand in Sunday school, or share with a girlfriend, that we don’t feel loved by God. So instead we try to cover this hole in our soul that only God can fill by pursuing other things. I spent a decade of my life pursing boys, the perfect body, jobs and recognition. The problem with these idols is that they consume us as we pursue them, disappoint us when we get them and devastate us when we lose them.
Recently I was pouring out my heart to God about this issue of not feeling loved by Him. Even as a woman in my 30s I still have days that I struggle with knowing how loved I am by God. A few weeks ago I asked God to please show me in a very personal way how much He loved me. Just like God often does He answered my prayer that day in an unconventional way. I received an email asking if I would be interested in reviewing a book called “66 Ways God Loves You” by Jennifer Rothschild. I couldn’t help but chuckle at the goodness of God when I read that email. I agreed to review the book and this book has so blessed me!
I love that the book highlights all 66 books of the Bible and shows God’s love for us in each one. Each chapter is only 1-2 pages long with a beautiful image with a quote or verse to go with that day’s topic. Here are a few things I plan to do with my book that I think you might enjoy too:
- Buy them as Christmas gifts. This book would a beautiful gift for people of all ages. Who doesn’t need to be reminded of how loved they are by God? Without this foundational truth it is almost impossible to walk in all the gifts and promises God has for our life.
- Do a 66 day challenge. I want to start a Facebook group where each day we share what God spoke to us in that chapter. Again, imagine the outcome of a tribe of believers pressing into God’s love for them for 66 days in a row!
- Read it to my kids. I love the length of the chapters and how beautiful yet simply it is written. I plan to read these aloud to my kids to instill how deep their Father’s love is for them.
Here are a few of those beautiful images I mentioned that are throughout the book:
If you would like to grab a copy now you can order on Amazon Prime here(please note this is an affiliate link): 66 Ways God Loves You: Experience God’s Love for You in Every Book of the Bible
You ARE loved my friend!