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It’s NOT an option!


A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.   –Luke 6:45

 

Have you ever had someone say something to you that really stung your heart?

Something that cut you to the core?

How many times have you replayed those words in your head?

Words are powerful.  They can heal.  And they can hurt.

That old saying ……’Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.’

It’s a bunch of bologna!

The words we speak to others can be poison to the soul.  A wound heals, but words inflicted on another can be replayed over and over and over again in someone’s mind.

As I scrolled through my Facebook feed last night, I found profanities.  Vulgarities.  Even threats.  From teens and adults alike!  The Bible tells us that the words that flow from our mouth comes from the overflow of the heart.  It’s a reflection into your soul.

As Christians, we are called and even commanded to be Christ-like.  It’s not an option!  The second greatest commandment is this:

Love

your

neighbor

as

yourself.

–Matthew 22:39

That’s a pretty tall order. But the Bible gives us very real, very specific direction on how to live.  God knows what’s best for us.  And when we follow His guidance, His direction, we cannot fail.

As you go through the day today, be aware of the power of your words.  What does the overflow of your heart look like?  Do walk through your day inflicting wounds to the souls of others?  Do your words reflect Christ-like attitudes or are you making Satan smile with your verbal vomit? Do you love your neighbor?  Or do you gossip about them, tear them down, and belittle?

Today, commit to be an encourager.  An up-lifter.  A light in someone’s day.  Let the words from your mouth be like a blanket to the soul.  Love your neighbor.  Even the ones that are hard to love.

The same way Christ loves us.

 

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Posted by on January 5, 2012 in Daily Devotions

 

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Real Love = All of Me


Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” 

—Matthew 22:37

In today’s culture, we are in love with everything.  Love is only a feeling.  And we use it ever-so-loosely.  How many times do we throw around this word?  I love chocolate.  I love blogging.  I love shopping.  I love music.  I love my computer. I love the new picture album I found at Ross yesterday.

It only takes a few minutes scrolling through the Facebook news feed to see how easily, quickly, and carelessly love is ‘experienced.’  People love their new boyfriend/girlfriend they have only known a few weeks.  They love them as long as they feel like it.  As long as being with them makes them feel good, feel happy, feel content.  When the feeling subsides, the love fades, they break up and move on to the next person, falling in love almost instantly…..again.  When the going gets tough, this kind of love runs.

This ‘love’ is not love at all.  The Bible talks of agape love.  It is a verb.  It is action.  It’s more than a feeling.  It is sacrificial love.  I thank God everyday His love for me is not our definition of love.  How quickly I would be tossed to the side if His love was as fleeting as the love we give to so many things.  His love was put into action for us when He gave His son to die for us.  A sacrifice was made for us.  So we would have the opportunity to live eternally with Him.

The Bible calls us to love the Lord with ALL our heart, soul, and mind.  With everything we have.  It does not call us to love God with only a feeling, but with action.  Sacrificial love.

Do you love God?  If so, what kind of love do you have for Him?  Do you love Him with all you have?  Or do you love Him only when you feel like it?  When it’s convenient?  When you need Him?  What do you sacrifice for Him?  Does the love you have for Him translate into action?  What do you DO for God?

He doesn’t want part of you.  He doesn’t want a part-time love.  Only a feel-good love.  He commands us to love Him with ALL our heart, our soul, and our mind.  He wants ALL of you.

This song was written for the singer’s unborn baby that was diagnosed with heart defects.  It so reminds me of how our God loves all of us.  He holds nothing back despite our brokenness, or sin, our lack of faith in Him.  His love is there for those who seek Him, trust Him follow Him.  He is worthy of our love.  We should give Him our all, love Him with reckless abandon.  He is worth every fear, every tear, every trial.  He wants all of us.  What’s holding YOU back from giving Him your all?

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Posted by on November 12, 2011 in Daily Devotions

 

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It’s Not You, It’s Me

It’s Not You, It’s Me

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You have completely turned my life upside down.

As I think back on those first awkward moments we had together, I smile.  I was so innocent.  I was different.  Our relationship has changed me forever, that’s for sure.

You have filled my days (and nights) with happiness and joy.

When I was alone, you were there.

When nobody else would listen, you were there.

It’s been fun.  No, it’s been a blast.  Before you came along, my days were quiet…. and a tad bit boring.  You changed that for me.   Suddenly I not only enjoyed your company, but I anticipated our time together.  When I was with you, I could be myself.   I came as I was, and you accepted me.  No judgment.  I dare anyone to find a better listener.  You have never too busy to hear me, and stay with me until I was ready to let go.  You have been a companion like no other.

But I’m afraid I gave you too much of me.  Bit by bit, you became more demanding.  Wanting more.  Needing more attention.  And now, I’m just not so interested.  Maybe a break is what we need.  Yes, that’s it.  Just a break.  A time out.  I just don’t deserve you.  I wish I could be what you need.  But I’ve spent so much time consumed with you, devoted to you, I am missing out on other things in life.  It’s time for me to take some time to reflect, prioritize, and make some serious decisions about where I’m going in life.

Maybe if we see others, that would give us some perspective.  And, after all, the old saying goes….If you love something, set it free.   And I DO love you.  More than I should.  So it’s time.  I am going to set you free.  Don’t worry.  If we are truly meant to be, you will come back to me.  I need to explore other relationships.  I know, I know.  I will be sorry.

You’ll always be my first love.  I’ll always love you, Facebook.

But Pinterest has caught my eye.  I know it’s not right.  But I just can’t take my mind off of it.  It’s probably just a phase.  I pray you’ll take me back.  Right now, this is what I must do.  Don’t fret, I’ll still visit.  We can still be friends.

Breaking up is hard to do, but just remember…

It’s not you.  It’s me.

 

 

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Posted by on October 18, 2011 in It's my life.....

 

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Life as I Know It….. with Boys


 

 

 

Loud.  Stinky.  Gross.   Rowdy.  Adventurous.  Kind.  Fearless.  Messy.  Obnoxious.  Grumpy.  Silly.  Happy-go-lucky.      BOYS.
                                                                                                  
I’ve spent 21 years thus far mothering boys.  In fact, I have FIVE of them.  And three are still at home.  I still have a long way until my journey with my boys is over.  I thought I would share some good, bad, and stinky with you.

  • Rock.  Paper.  Scissors———>>> the ULTIMATE decision maker.   Especially for things they DON’T want to do!
  • Electronics are a guy’s best friend.
  • Clothes are optional.   An after-thought.  If it weren’t for Mom to FORCE them to wear them, they would most likely run around naked….all the time!
  • One of the most important things a mom can do for her boys is cook supper.  They LOVE to eat.
  • Going to the bathroom is a game.  That toilet is just a big ole bulls-eye.  And it’s more fun to miss than it is to hit.
  • There just aren’t many things more important than who gets to ride shotgun.  And if you get banished to the third row seat, life just might be over.
  • Bathing was invented as a form of torture.  And it works very well.
  • Clutter is a way of life.  And they like it.
  • Shoes are completely unimportant and unneccessary ….until mom throws a hissy fit and makes you wear them!
  • Life revolves around super heroes……  Batman, Superman, Spiderman, Green Lantern, Flash, Captain America, Iron Man, Wolverine…..to name a few.
  • Sports are a way of life.  Any math problem or life lesson can be taught through a sports analogy.
  • No matter how big or how old, they still want hugs….and lots of them.
  • Real life is over-rated.  Imagination is where it’s at!
  • Boys enjoy their own smells…..and often the smell of others as well.
  • Boys are incapable of holding grudges.  They just aren’t wired that way.  You can get mad at them.  They can get mad at you.  Five minutes later, it’s over and they still want that hug.
  • Houses are really just indoor playgrounds.  It’s best if you decorate them as such.  Treasures belong in a chest buried somewhere, not out on the coffee table anyway.
  • Learning to burp the ABC’s is an art.  And the best mom’s teach them how.
  • Trash cans are just basketball goals in disguise.
  • A boys mission is to make mom feel needed…. constantly…. by providing perpetual, never-ending messes.
  • Lastly, nobody needs their mom like a baby boy.

With all their stinky, rambunctious, wild escapades……..boys are sweet, lovable, loving, and kind.  Sometimes you might need to look closely, beyond all the dirt and grime, beyond all the balls being thrown overhead, and the wrestling under foot….but once you do, you will find a heart filled with deep, unending love for his mom.  In fact, each of my boys have proposed marriage to me when they were little.  Even with all the messes, stinky feet, broken treasures, burping contests, and super hero obsessions….. that little boy who, at the end of the day, wants to climb on the couch and snuggle with mom because she is the coolest girl on the planet?  He’s worth it.  Now, I have a few messes to clean.  I better get busy.  Couch time starts soon.

 
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Posted by on October 2, 2011 in It's my life.....

 

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