Love others as you love yourself. Sounds easy enough. Treat others as you would want to be treated. Pretty straightforward.
Christ came to set you and I free, He set us free so we could love one another, so that we could spread His love to those around us who need to feel it and know it, just as we want to feel and know it. It’s simple really, but we can make it difficult fairly easily.
We make it difficult when we come up with our own plans, when we develop our own agenda and what we want crowds out God’s plan and closes our ears to His voice. Continue reading “We Make It Difficult”
Ok, how many of you are singing in your head now? Love me some Stevie Wonder! Somewhere in my childhood memories, I remember my dad calling in to the local radio station, MIXX 96.1, where in response to his melodious on air delivery of the lyrics, “I just called to say, I love you, I just called to say how much I care, I just called to say, I love you and I mean it from the bottom of my heart.”. Well, in response to that he won a fairly large supply of Diet Coke! It was a day of celebration in our household!!
Now, I can’t promise that your proclamation of love for someone will win you Diet Coke, but I do believe it will spread lot’s of goodness around. It is so easy in life to know inside that we love others, but how often do we on purpose, tell them? When was the last time, you called them just to say “I love you”? Continue reading “I Just Called To Say I Love You”
This question popped into my mind today…what does love look like? It’s easy to quickly think of a Hallmark movie, where two people overcome the odds, kiss in the last scene of the movie and end up living happily ever after. Now don’t get me wrong, this girl LOVES a Hallmark movie, however, I think we cheat ourselves and others when we limit love to a romantic tale that can begin and end in a 2-hour story line. Love is so much more than a nanny who has a plot twist and becomes a princess.
I think love takes time. It is faithful and growing. It keeps showing up day after day, week after week, year after year, in the good, the bad and the in between.
I think love is sacrifice. It’s more than chocolates and roses, it’s giving time and attention to someone else, its choosing what makes them feel loved because their happiness is also yours.
I think love is action. Words are nice but they alone won’t do when it comes to love. Love responds. Love gets up and shows up, love fights for what’s right and lends a hand in times of need. Love is a verb. Continue reading “What Does Love Look Like?”
I can hear Tina Turner in my head now, “What’s love got to do, got to do with it, what’s love but a second-hand emotion, what’s love got to do, got to do with it, who needs a heart when a heart can be broken?” Good question and she’s got a point!
I have thought often over the years that people are the best and worst part of life! I know that may sound harsh, but let me explain. Family and friendship can be so beautiful and sweet. It is truly one of life’s greatest gifts to have someone who knows you in all your imperfectness and loves you still. There is also the fact that if we love, we will get hurt and that part isn’t my favorite! Relationships of all kinds at their best take time, work, attention, compromise and you will walk through times that are just plain hard. I have just recently walked through this where I felt like I had poured into someone, let them in, only to have them betray me. It was shocking, it was unexpected, it hurt deeply, it still stings and my immediate reaction is to want to shut down, put walls around my heart and not let anyone else in. Continue reading “What’s Love Got To Do With It?”
So thankful I serve a God who whispers to me in the midst of difficulty, who brings sweetness even when there’s pain.
When I choose to step outside of MY hurt, MY struggles, MY issues and reach out to bless others despite MY feelings, He is there. It is in these moments, I realize I am closest to Him. It is in the midst of all the messiness of this life that I struggle and wrestle against, the circumstances I don’t want, when I put them aside, I see Him more clearly.
When I make the choice despite MY feelings and MY circumstances to love on someone else, I guess I catch just a small glimpse of Jesus’ heart for me.
Despite HIS pain, Despite HIS struggles, Despite HIS heartache, HE made a choice.
Love is a choice, Love has a cost, Love is sacrificial, Love is selfless, Love is humbling, Love is hard, Love is beautiful. Love is God. There is no greater Love than HIM!!
Falling in love is hands down the best thing I’ve ever done! If the truth be told, I think I’m falling more in love every day 🙂 Oh, How I love Him, let me count the ways…
- There is not a day that goes by that He doesn’t do something to show me He is thinking of me.
- He loved me even when I didn’t believe I was loveable and saw beauty in me that I was blind to.
- He encourages me and talks so tenderly.
- He is patient and gentle with me and yet challenges me to be better.
- I feel so protected in His arms and my heart is safe in His embrace.
- He knows me so well and knows exactly how to speak to my heart.
- He has come to my rescue countless times.
- He is strong yet gentle and I simply can’t get enough of Him!
- One of the sweetest things He does, is sing songs to me while I sleep.
- In this crazy, sometimes scary world, He is my safe place to fall.
I could go on, but let it suffice to say, He is simply AMAZING in every way! Really, what kind of man would go to such extremes to win my heart? Jesus, I am so in love with you ❤
What is the most lavish thing anyone has ever done for you that made you truly feel loved? Maybe lavish is the wrong word, no flash mob is required and no romantic proposal displayed on a jumbotron is necessary. What about the most thoughtful thing someone has done for you that really let you know you were special to them?
My sister once decorated a mason jar and hand wrote on individual slips of paper, her favorite memories about the two of us throughout the years. One memory on each little note, a jar full of memories shared between sisters. That gift made me feel so special and loved, not because it was expensive or especially beautiful to behold, but because she thought about me and took the time to let me know. By giving me that jar full of goodness, she was telling me that our times together were important and memorable to her. Important enough that she took the time to think about it and show me how she felt. Pretty special, if you ask me! Continue reading “More Than A Feeling”