(En) Couraged By Love


Love isn’t a feeling.

If it was it could never endure.

Because what feeling lasts forever?

But love can last forever.

Love isn’t word-deep.

It requires more than words.

It requires action.

Yet love isn’t actions alone.

“If  I dole out all that I have [to the poor in providing] food, and if I surrender my body to be burned or [c] in order that I may glory, but have not love (God’s love in me),
I. gain. nothing.”

Love isn’t a touch.

Or else every sexual encounter would be love.

So. what. is. love?

Love is a discipline.

and to become disciplined, we must train,

and follow our Trainer.

Become a Follower of Love.

Who is leading in our follow-the-leader game of love?

God is love.

and Perfect love casts out all fear.

His love is perfect,

When I choose to be discipled by it I am (en)couraged.

Nothing can separate me from the love of God.

Even. me.

Counting his manifestations of love to me with my dear Ann: Counting the provisions of the Lord with Ann:

148. Spring springing.

149. A robin sighting.

150. Good finds in a library.

151. Real Mexican dining just a walk away.

152. A beautiful new company car for my husband!!!!

153. New mercies.

154. New opportunities.

155. Mama’s arms around my neck.

156. Relief after a 5 hour bus ride…

157. An understanding husband.

158. A son whose idea of an ideal Friday night is to watch Judah Smith preach at Church On The Move.

159. Everyday treasures discovered by little hands.

160. Little girl “mustaches”.

161. A much anticipated walk to the park.

162. An aunt not seen for 10 years.

163. A son who calls to make a lunch appointment.

164. Bagel chips.

165. Italian ice.

166. Revelations from “The Voice”…God is not waiting for me to impress Him before He commits to helping me succeed!

167. A plaque honoring godly pioneers.

168. A widow’s mite idea for a family wedding shower.

169. Exciting possibilities.

170. a hope and a future.

171. Young men who dream dreams.

172. Toddlers to give presents to.

173. My husband’s snoring.

174. Almost summer-like days.

175. Human frailties that insist upon grace.

176. Sabbath rest in the midst of chaos.

177. A gift of The Hunger Games

178. Direction for lent (finally!)

179. Learning about preparation in all things.

180. Aha! moments at church.

181. Answered prayer and more answered prayer.

…sharing a playdate with Laura:

….finding heaven with Jen:

…hanging out with L.L.: On In Around button

…sharing with Shandra:

 

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18 thoughts on “(En) Couraged By Love

  1. If…and have not love… It always amazes me how people can tell if words, tangible gifts and actions are done in love. True love communicates joy. It was good to be reminded of that this morning.

  2. Nothing can separate us from the love of God, even ourselves–beautiful truth. I so often get in my own way! Enjoyed reading your list today, especially new mercies, hope, and grace for human frailties. Blessings to you!

  3. When I was a 22-year-old young engaged woman, I went with my mother on a Women’s retreat with ladies from our church. It was in upstate New York, Sacandaga. One of the classes I took was “how to Love Your Husband,”. And I learned that love is an action, not a feeling. It was the best advice I could have gotten right before marriage. I still have my notes from that retreat. I also remember our pastor telling us, when we went to pre-marital counseling, that marriage is not a 50-50 proposition. It was 100% from each of us. Lovely post, KD.

  4. ok, from your list –2 things I love so much: a robin sighting — oh, those sweet harbingers of spring! and that your son wants to hear a preacher – my kids got up at 6 am this morning to do Bible study. There is no greater blessing than our children loving Jesus and learning to love like him! Bless you, my dear!

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