Hello everyone and happy Friday!! I hope you all had an awesome week! As I am sure you all know, this week end is Valentine’s Day weekend! I have been thinking on love for a couple weeks now. I’ve been trying to put together love themed posts so that whether you have a Valentine this year or not you remember that there is still a God that loves you tremendously and you are not alone.
Because this has been my focus, I got to thinking last night about what I would want to share with y’all today. If you are a newer reader, on Fridays I share a series I call “Nevertheless I Live” where I share a more casual toned post that is usually more personal then my regular content. Today I want to share with you guys the meaning behind the name of the blog!
I love blogging. I started my first blog when I was 17. I had bloggish platforms before that, but at 17 I created my first real official blog. I have been blogging in some capacity ever since. I started dreaming of having a full time blog before I ever learned that you could actually make blogging your full time job. For years I would brainstorm content ideas and themes and focuses for my someday blog.
Two years ago I decided to start that blog. Through my years of brainstorming I already had a name. A Love Worth Living For. At first the blog was going to be called A Love Worth Dying For. That name was probably inspired by one of my favorite bands which is called Worth Dying For. Then the Lord began to remind me of all that I had overcome through Him.
As a child I really feared death. I was always afraid of my parents or brother dying and I was always afraid of dying myself. As I grew older I began to struggle with mental illness. Depression and anxiety became common feelings and soon suicide became an idea in the back of my mind. My life spiraled emotionally and the deeper I went the bigger the concept of suicide became to me.
I was deceived at a very young age to believe that I was unworthy of love and that I was alone. These lies still creep up and try to wreak havoc. As a teenager those lies played right into the suicidal mindset. When I was at my absolute lowest that is when God found me and pulled me up out of the mess my life and mind had become. I was 17 when that happened. I began learning about God and trying to follow Him but it was not super easy. I still struggled with my mind and with thoughts of suicide.
As the years have passed I learned to receive and walk in the freedom that Jesus provided for me. I still struggle with depression and anxiety but compared to where I was I am a totally different person. I no longer fear death and I no longer have an unhealthy desire for it either.
I have found a love that makes me want to live. Philippians 1:21 says, “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain!” Psalm 63:3 says, “Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.”
So I changed the name from A Love Worth Dying For to A Love Worth Living For because for me death seems like an easy out. Living is what takes courage. Living is what can be really hard. God’s love is so magnificent. The Bible says that Jesus came that we might have life and that more abundantly! He came not only to make a way for us to get to heaven but to make a way for us to get back to God in this life. Our living is now with God by our side. He came that these lives we’re living would be full of purpose and abundance!
That’s what I want the heart behind this blog to radiate. God’s love and His heart that you should have life in all its fullness. So A Love Worth Living For was created.
I blogged sporadically for about a year and then a year ago I decided to make this a full time thing. A year ago this blog somehow got around 400 views a month and now it’s up to 17,000 views monthly. 17,000! I am so thankful and overjoyed with this platform the Lord has given me and I am thankful that you guys choose to read and return to my little corner of the huge internet.
I truly hope that you guys have a great weekend filled with love and celebration! Even if you are single, you have love from the Father worth celebrating and receiving! If you want some love then check out Monday’s post on Verses about Love. If you are feeling unloved or want to overflow with more love then check out Wednesday’s post How To Love More. If you want to stay connected and join our growing community here make sure you join our VIP club!
Thank you guys for coming by. Until next time!