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Robin is the author of For All Who Wander, her relatable memoir about wrestling with doubt that reads much like a conversation with a friend. She's as Southern as sugar-shocked tea, married to her college sweetheart, and has three children. An empty nester with a full life, she's determined to...

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  1. Thank you. Just, thank you. I needed to hear this. And am bookmarking it to share with my precious 12 year old daughter.

  2. What a good reminder!! I am going to share it with my daughter too!
    Assigning others “a greater value because they’re doing something we cannot, will not, have not or may not even want to do!” is insanity but is my default. I long to bask in God’s in love until I no longer fall for this.

  3. Thank you for this beautiful reminder! I know it in my head, like you said, but my heart often does not recall it. A wonderful truth – He loves me unconditionally!

  4. Thank you. People NEED to believe this. It’s only been just in this past year that I’ve started to (“only” took 34 years), and what a differnce it’s made in my life!

  5. Robin, I love this. Thank you!! I love Brennan Manning too… annnnnd this quote was in my blog post from yesterday. So funny.

    I’m so thankful for his life and writings…. no other author has influenced me more.

    Anyway…. THANK YOU. 🙂 xo

    • Dana,

      You know you’re one of my favorite commenters, right? You’re so good to me. And in THIS case, great minds, yes? (thank YOU back!!). xo

  6. How God-timely that I would be listening to “Healer of my Heart” (Jonathan Martin) while reading this today – a singing that always brings tears…and, when adding your sweet and much-needed words to it, more so. Have been dealing with some ‘let downs’ lately, and, truly appreciate the reminders that the best is yet to come, and, that we are ALWAYS belov-ed and bless-ed. Thank you!

    • Carol,

      Sometimes I wonder if this is just the nature of a woman; not to believe the beauty available to us…. What special background music to companion this post :).

  7. so, i was just wondering. did you climb inside my head while i slept and capture
    all the thoughts that bombard me daily?
    did He send you there to remind me that He holds all those thoughts and works
    to love them out of me? did you feel the ache and shed the tears along with me?
    just wondering.

    • {{Cathy}}

      Oh, how your questions pierced my heart; YOU affirmed that I was to write THIS. I actually was well underway with another post when I felt led to write this one RIGHT NOW. I’m praying over you lovie, expectant that this word would become REAL to you.

      xo

  8. LOVED this! It’s exactly what God has been speaking to my heart lately. I find when I’m feeling stressed or anxious, if I simply stop, close my eyes, and listen to the Father’s voice, “I love you,” the anxiety melts. God has also been whispering that whatever I’m doing, I need to start not from the urge to prove myself or make someone like me, but from the mind-set that I am already deeply loved. What a difference it makes!

  9. thank you! beautiful and timely. i took a lovely long walk yesterday and beat myself up for 1/2 of it. …you’re not doing this, failing at that, look at what “shes'” done, and all of a sudden I stopped and realized…those are lies of the enemy!! thats not how my Lord sees me!! i spent the trip downhill praising God and telling myself outloud that i am beloved! spotless in His sight! beautiful! worthy! I’ll say it again….BELOVED!!!

    • Ky,

      That walk was good for you for more reasons than one :). Gosh, I hate the lies we believe all too easily. I’m right there with ya… :/

  10. Miss Robin Dance. Thank you for obeying Him to speak the truth out in Love…we are BELOVED. How we dance around it – “not me. yes me. not me and yes me again. Let us with open eyes, ears, hearts and arms take Him in, breath His heavenly fragrance and say, “Beloved Father, I am Your Beloved and complete in You. Thank You.”

  11. Thank you for reminding me of my absolute worth in His eyes! After all, He only made one of me and He seemed to think that was ENOUGH!!!

  12. …. I am alone, sad, overwhelmed, defeated…….. I open your words, Tears run down my face. Lord… I can not possibly read these words right now I am at work crying. The words so sweet and comforting. He does Love Me, as He shows me over and over. And He is with me through it all. I feel like a failure. He Loves Me. Life is hard. He Loves Me. I am tired of it all. He Loves Me. And He Chose You to write such Truths to all of us. Thank You for following your Heart.

    • {{Debby}}

      Hugs and more hugs. That I would have the privilege of reminding you of HIS truth? Is honor. I’m praying over you now, lovie…that these words are life/real/assimilated into your heart. Of course not MY words by God’s alone.

      xo

  13. Robin,
    I hope you don’t mind, but I am making a copy of this to put into my “Truth About Me” folder. I turn there (as well as to my Bible) when the enemy whispers so boldly in my ear that I begin to believe the lies. This post is filled with great truth and it helps the message go from just being “head knowledge” to being “heart knowledge”!
    Thank you so much for sharing what I needed to hear!
    Blessings,
    Bev

    • Oh, Bev…how could I mind? I’m HONORED…deeply touched! Sometimes God uses the ladies of incourage to buoy my spirit when I feel less than, defeated. I’m not in one of those low places at the moment (shootfire, that can change on a dime!), but YOUR words are affirming and I’m grateful.

      And…..I love that you have a Truth About Me folder! Precious :).

  14. Fantastic post but I have to say the image at the top is off-putting. Is that used chewing gum?

    • Yes, Amy, and your comment caused me to add a note about it at the bottom of my post; I tried to add it right under the image as a caption, but I think this site doesn’t allow that.

      It’s a section of the Berlin Wall and I was literally MOVED by it when I saw it. It’s a way people mark that they were there. That heart stood out to me, reminding me you can find Love anywhere if you look for it…even in the darkest of places.

      I started to change the image but left it because of what it meant to me; but thank you for sharing your thoughts; I’ll consider them as I add future pictures :).

  15. Praise the Lord for this post – He has been teaching me this very lesson in recent months and it is so HUGE for women. It gives us such freedom to know we are loved by Him as is. We don’t need marriage, education, success or fame to validate our worth. Our worth is God-given, innate, inherent from our creation in the image of God. This was such a blessing, and I will be sharing it with other women!

  16. Wow…Wow…>Wow…that is so beautiful…Thank you so much for sharing this today. I believe I need to save this in my email and read this every day. I know I am HIS Beloved, although many days I dont think I believe this due to circumstances in my life. Thank you for allowing the Holy Spirit to speak thru you my dear Sister in Christ. Thank you Jesus to speaking to all your daughters. We love you and Give you Praise.

  17. I am going to print this off and read it every day. I have always wondered what Body Part I would be and I came to a conclusion: the appendix. Useless. No one knows why it is there. I am that invisible cloak. But I realized that when I think that I am telling God His Gift is not good enough!! Yikes! I still think appendix but am working my way out of that. Sloooowly

  18. Thank you. Although I have written for years, I just recently launched my blog named beloved in blue jeans. My parents named me Amy which means beloved. I am a slow learner but trying to claim this title given to all of us from our Heavenly Father. Thank you for the reminder once again~ Many blessings.

  19. I know this in my head but reading what you said struck my heart and brought tears to my eyes. Thank you so much!

  20. I’m one of those “I thought she knew” girls….in fact, the very theme of the book I’m writing hinges on knowing that we are beloved. And yet I spent the whole morning crying, pleading, despairing because I felt I wasn’t making enough progress on sharing that message with others….you know how the laundry piles call and the phone call from the school nurse can turn a whole day of planned prayer, Bible study and writing on its head…… I asked God for encouragement, for a reminder and for fresh peace and then I popped over here (truth—-it’s been weeks since I’ve visited. ) No doubt this is the answer to my prayer. Thank you 🙂

  21. This is so perfect! It’s a great message any day, but divine for me today…it’s my birthday. Thirty-nine years ago today, my parents welcomed me into the world and named me, “Mandy.” And my name means “Beloved.”

  22. Wow! now if I could just get that all the way from my head to my heart. I’ve even given sermons on it and still need reminding! I have a wonderful little book I got several years ago called, “Come away my Beloved”. It really helped me start to feel like God was my beloved, when I was a widow and needed to feel loved. I am grateful God decided I needed physical love as well and sent me a wonderful new husband! But either way, I am still HIS beloved. That impacts everything!

  23. I tell you the truth that this blog post was a direct answer to prayer for me today. I’m a fellow blogger and have really been struggling. I prayed all morning that God would show me what I need right now. As soon as I read this I thought, “Oh, I forgot that God loves me.” I just forgot. And I’m the one blogging, telling people I want to help them grow closer to God.

    Thank you for the reminder, for saying it out loud to the person you would think wouldn’t need to hear it.

    I hope God turns around and blesses and encourages you as much as you have encouraged me today.

  24. After a really bad day and doubting EVERYTHING, this has made me feel better!!!!
    Thanks!!!

  25. Wow! Such poetic and prophetic words!!!

    Thank you for your wisdom and reminders. Like you said we know it in our head, but the devil is soo out there and he whispers to me daily “you. are. stupid. ; not smart enough, good enough”. I fall for these lies almost daily.

    God is so good to keep reminding me how very important and beloved I am of everyone around me.

    Thanks again!

  26. Great post. We are His beloved. Since we are flesh, we need reminders often.

    Thank you for being sensitive to the Holy Spirit.

  27. Robin, wow!! This was especially profound today (although I love all your word crafts!)! Sometimes those 18 inches between our heads and our hearts is the longest journey on earth! Thank you for this beautiful reminder! Love you, lady!

  28. Robin, wow!! This was especially profound (although I love all your word crafts!)! Sometimes those 18 inches between our heads and our hearts is the longest journey on earth! Thank you for this beautiful reminder! Love you, lady!

  29. I understand this statement but I also have a very hard time with it. I struggle with scrupulosity sence going to a cult like Christian church. I want to be loved by God for me and who I am. I want God to see Erica. I understand my identity is with Jesus but there’s also a part of me that gets angered about the fact that God doesn’t love me for me and doesn’t see me for me – he sees Jesus through me and I guess it’s difficult to accept that.

    • Erica,

      I hear your frustration; there are MANY things I DO NOT understand about God, many things in my wisdom I’d like to change. This probably explains why one of my favorite verses is Is. 55: 8-9: ““For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
      neither are your ways my ways,”
      declares the Lord.
      9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
      so are my ways higher than your ways
      and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

      He knows more than I know….

      Erica IS known and loved. God loved you before you knew Christ and he cares about the minute details of your person (number of hairs of our head, for goodness sakes! http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+12%3A7&version=NIV).

      God loved you and called you “while you were yet a sinner”.

      Sooo, he’s big enough and compassionate enough to deal with your anger. In his mysterious way, he loves you as you but all that is good, holy and eternal is seeded in Christ in you. I wish I understood better to explain better, so I just cling to the truth I’ve discovered, trusting that what I don’t understand isn’t the most important part. (I’m praying for wisdom for BOTH of us right now!!)