Give me a word, Lord: LOVE

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 1 Corinthians 13:4-5

Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. Proverbs 3:3-4

“This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” I John 4:9-11

“What’s love got to do with it?” I love singing that song in my best Tina Turner voice at the top of my lungs with my wild crazy hair (because it’s always crazy) while riding in the car with my daughter. Crystal always laughs out loud as she reminds me once again that I can’t sing. But I assure you, just because I can’t doesn’t mean I won’t sing! Just ask my kids and they will tell you! I love my family. I love crazy little moments like this that make us giggle and laugh until we cry. I love my husband more than I dreamed possible. I love my kids, and oh, how I love my little grandson! Over the past weekend, my family has shown me so much love as we celebrated Mother’s Day. The gifts were all very memorable, but the love of family, the love of my children, well that my friends is priceless!

Most of the time it’s easy to love. God blessed me with a heart the size of Texas, and I love with every ounce of my being. Yes, most of the time, loving other is easy, but other times…it may be a little harder! It’s easy to love when everything is going well, when everyone is getting along, and when things are running smoothly. It’s easy to love those who love you. It’s a little more difficult to love when things aren’t going the way we want them to. It get’s hard to love when someone hurts us or when we are mad or angry about something. It really gets hard to love those who hate us. However, when I think about love, I think about all of the wonderful blessings God has bestowed upon me. I can’t possibly think about love without thinking of the love of God. He loved us so much that He sent His son to die for us. There is definitely no greater love than that. As Christ followers, we are commanded to love like Jesus loves. He didn’t tell us to love the ones that love us. No, my friends, Jesus commanded that we love them all…the good, bad, and ugly acting ones! That’s definitely not an easy command to follow, yet we must strive to do so.

Our pastor always says that a way we can check our love for God is by looking at how well we love others. That doesn’t mean how well you love those you are supposed to love, but rather how well are we loving those unlovables? I have found that the more in love we are with Jesus, the easier that task of loving others becomes. This past year has been a tough time for all of us to endure, but I have seen firsthand how showing a little love makes things so much better. No matter how bad things seem, don’t forget that God loves you and He is on your side. Hang on to that and share some of that love with others today. I love ya Peeps!

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