The young mom coos at her six-month-old child as she reaches to rub noses with her baby girl. The child releases a gleeful sound of delight. The love between the two wafts across the room. I inhale deeply. Then remember where I am.
My 3-year-old friend, Emory, often asks her mom, “What does this mean?” when they color together. Her mom, Meagan, explains, “This verse means God loves you very, very much.”
Moms and dads spending time with kids.
Grandparents coloring with grandchildren.
Teenagers creating their own artwork.
Christian schools stocking their classrooms.
Bible studies enjoying creativity together.
Coloring is like working on a puzzle together in that it provides an activity that fosters conversation and connection. Rather than talking about cartoon characters, through the Live Loved: An Adult Coloring Book families and friends reflect on Scripture. Teenagers are committing passages to memory.
One evening, I grabbed a bite to eat with my friend, Naomi. She shared the details of a complex conflict between her and a co-worker. The key to resolving to the disagreement was recognizing that she was operating out of an area of insecurity that had haunted her since childhood. With this realization, she renewed her efforts to work hard and well with the co-worker. The irritant in the relationship disappeared.
“That’s one of those cases of learning to live loved,” she said.
“What do you mean?” I asked.
“Living as if we’re loved by God instead of responding out of the usual petty jealousies, insecurities, fears, or annoyances that try to get the best of us.”
“Live loved,” the syllables somersaulting off my lips. “I like that.”
The phrase followed me home. The words didn’t just capture the heart of the greatest commands to love God and others, but struck me as a crucial, even foundational for abounding in joy.
Apart from love, our potential for experiencing joy remains flat like a lifeless balloon. Love exhales the fullness of joy.
I began to pray: Lord, how do you want me to live today in light of your love?
That’s why I’ve created the Live Loved: An Adult Coloring Book. Within these pages, you’ll find hand-selected Scriptures that speak to God’s love for you and how His love is meant to flow through you to others.
Spend time praying and reflecting to grow in your relationship with God
Commit Bible passages to memory to deepen your faith
Marinate in the truth of God’s fierce love for you and experience transformation
Express your love for God and the Bible through creativity
Strengthen relationships as you invite others to create alongside you
Share your artistry with others as you show off your work
Our team has been working to make this coloring book a reality. Today, I’m thrilled to announce Live Loved: Adult Coloring Books are now available in our store.
Playing with color & paint is fun for grown-ups, too. My hope and prayer is that, this book will help you unleash the creative talents God has given you. Color and sketch, whisper the words aloud, commit them to memory, and learn how to live loved in a tangible way.
You can live loved starting today.
What is your favorite verse that speaks of God's love for you?
Margaret Feinberg is a popular Bible teacher and speaker at churches and leading conferences such as Catalyst, Thrive and Extraordinary Women. Her books and Bible studies have sold over 600,000 copies and received critical acclaim and extensive national media coverage. Click the image to learn more.
Margaret, Leif, and Hershey are traveling all across the country this year. Check out the speaking schedule to see when they visit a city near you.