Hi, Friends! I'm really excited to have Letter Me Loved on the blog today. I have read Jenny's blog from way back when and it has been neat to see her and her good friend launch a ministry and business to encourage women in The Lord. I also love love love hymns so it has been neat to see their work be put with hymns.
There is a discount code at the end of this post for SS2SI readers and I highly encourage you to take advantage of it. Not only will you be blessed by their work but it will bless and encourage them as well.
Hi, it’s Jenny and Sarah here! We’d like to say a special thank you to Beka for letting us take over her space and introduce you to our blog and business, Letter Me Loved.
Just the other day we were sitting around a porch table at our favorite cupcake shop with four of our closest girl friends. We went around and around that table talking about our highs and lows, what we’re reading and learning, and the burdens we just really needed covered in prayer. We don’t know how many times the conversation went something like this: I’m just really struggling with (fill in the blank). I know that God’s Word says (blank), but I just (forget, get distracted, need to constantly remind myself). We bet you can fill in those blanks all too easily. We know we can! Our sweet group of friends have several solutions (or tricks, if you will) for these bouts of forgetfulness, and we’d like to share them with you today
1. Preach the Gospel to yourself every day.
One of our favorite passages is Ephesians 2:1-10. (Go ahead and click through to read it now - we’ll wait.) We’ve found that Paul’s words here are such a beautiful and succinct retelling of the Gospel. It only takes about two minutes to read, but - man - are those words powerful. We’re sinners and we struggle so much with this and that and the other, but God (can we get an amen?) being rich in mercy and love, made us alive through Christ. Those words “but God” change everything! Constantly reminding ourselves of our place in God’s bigger story of love and redemption is exactly what we need to face the struggles and temptations of this world.
2. Find someone to hold you accountable.
Sometimes it takes someone else preaching the gospel to us, when we don’t have the words to remind ourselves. We’re pretty blessed to have not one, but five other girls to love us and pour into us. We get together a couple of times a month to catch up on life and share the good, the bad and everything in-between. We also have a group text message, so it’s so simple to send out a praise report, a prayer request or a “man, this Scripture really spoke to me this morning” text. It’s also a place where we can check up on one another to see how we are doing with the “fill in the blank” struggles mentioned above. Often accountability is exactly what we need to make the U-turn of repentance.
Above Jenny’s desk is a DIY watercolor artwork that says, “In Christ alone my hope is found.” Every time she looks at it, she’s reminded that her hope and worth are not found in her job or how she performs it. By Sarah’s coffee station is a print of Ephesians 1:5 that reads, “In love He predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ according to the purpose of His will to the praise of His glorious grace.” This way she’s reminded at the start of her day that God has chosen her as a beloved daughter.
We know from experience that strategically placed Scripture, hymn lyrics, C.S. Lewis quotes, etc. can be the reminder we need to turn our day around and refocus our hearts and minds. And this third trick - it’s why we created Letter Me Loved. Because we forget. Because we wander. Because we need to be constantly reminded of the amazing grace that sent our Lord, Jesus Christ, to the cross and forever changed our lives.
Letter Me Loved is a hand-lettering and design shop (and blog) dedicated to encouraging and inspiring Christ followers by creating reminders of grace and inviting them to share in our lives. We’re two best friends who wanted to use the talents and passions God gave us to encourage women just like you. You can read our full launch story here if you wish.
Our first product is a 2016 Reminders of Grace Calendar that features 12 months of hand-lettered hymns on a watercolor background. We chose hymns because so many - Amazing Grace, Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing, Be Thou My Vision - have stopped us in our tracks. These songs, which have been passed down from generation to generation, are Scripture-filled reminders of a God who deserves our praise.
We’ve also just added a special line of Christmas prints and greeting cards. Because sometimes the reason for this most joyful time of year gets buried under the glamour and stress of consumerism and busyness. So please browse our shop, visit our blog or join our online community.
We LOVE to make new friends. And, just because we like you so much, we’re offering Sunshine to the Square Inch readers 15% off their entire purchase. Just enter the code SUNSHINE at checkout. (But don’t wait too long, the discount only lasts through 2015.)
We hope you enjoyed our little tips for fighting forgetfulness. What do you do to remind yourself of God’s amazing grace?