No Greater LOVE – Even on Valentine’s Day

 

It is hard for me to imagine that I could love my husband and our boys any more than I do. I hear that God loves me even more than that. A love that I can not even fathom. WOW! It is hard to wrap my brain around how much loves me – loves us. So I have decided today to step away from all the frills I place on Valentines Day and focus on what God says about love. Real. Unconditional. Genuine Love

This first verse we have all heard. But read it now just focusing on God like love

1 Corinthians 13

Love is patient, love is kind, love is not jealous, it does not boast, it does not become conceited, it does not behave dishonorably, it is not selfish, it does not become angry, it does not keep a record of wrongs, it does not rejoice at unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth, bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends. But if there are prophecies, they will pass away. If there are tongues, they will cease. If there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but whenever the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I set aside the things of a child. For now we see through a mirror indirectly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know completely, just as I have also been completely known. And now these three things remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.

 

1 John 4:16-18

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. (NIV)

Romans 12:9-13

Love must be without hypocrisy. Detest evil; cling to what is good. Show family affection to one another with brotherly love. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lack diligence; be fervent in spirit; serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer. Share with the saints in their needs; pursue hospitality. (HCSB)

John 13:34-35

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.

Seriously! Life is Precious

We hear it all the time…..”Life is Precious”.  I talked to a good friend  for almost 2 hours Monday morning as she shared with me how she was coping after losing her husband this time last year.  It has been a long and painful  year for her – but then again loosing her husband seems like yesterday also. Her life changed within a 24 hour period. That in itself is a struggle – how things can be going fine and normal – and then within moments your life changes. None of us want to go through it.

Well life does throw us a curve ball. Even me.  The same day that I spoke with my good friend I got a call that afternoon that my husband had been taken to the ER via an ambulance. He passed out at work, wasn’t responsive and was turning blue is what I was told.  He did rally and wake up but he remembers nothing. Ahhhhhhh, I hate it! I was scared to death because I felt that my life as I knew it could be changing at this very moment.  I can not live without him.  They admitted him and started running test after test and thank you sweet Jesus, my savior, every test was negative. Only thing positive was he did break a rib when he fell from passing out.

We are home now resting and making more doctor appointments to figure out “why”?? But, I personally know “Life is Precious” because I saw it effect me this week. It hit close to home. My experience this week showed me that today is what we have…..period. We do not know about tomorrow nor should we take tomorrow for granted. God knows what our tomorrow will be, not us. Our friends and family also make “Life Precious” because the ones that are true to you make themselves available to you during these times. I normally navigate hardships on my own and then share them later but for some reason this time I told friends and family what was going on. I found out that my family and friends are just like me – they want to know because they want to be there for you. The comments that my friends made were so comforting and gave me so much encouragement.  Although we were all texting back and forth because cell coverage in hospitals isn’t the best, every time I got a text – it was like a hug, a gentle rub on the back and even a hug of love! Total comfort! Oh boy I am a slow learner!! I just always felt that I may inconvenience them.

I just wanted to share this with all of you of my “lessons learned” by me this week.

So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10

Thankful Thursday!!

I am a forgetful person. I seem to forget about all of the blessings that God has blessed me with. It is helpful for me to have HIS word in a place where I spend lots of time……………….the kitchen sink!! Just seeing it a thousand times a day has caused me to memorize it – so when I fret (and I am good at fretting) I will remember that HE told me to leave all my worries with HIM because he cares for me!! Little, little me!!