Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Experience of Love

Whew!

May I just note that my Love is in the Air post from a few days ago really generated some MAJOR traffic to my blog home, far more than I’m used to getting. WOW! I mean, this was the likes of rush hour in my city, all for my little corner of the blog neighborhood. I hope it’s a preview of things to come, because I love sharing with you all. Now if I could just convince my visitors to leave a comment. *Hint:Hint* Hmph… I guess I’ll have to work on that one. Anyhoo, it was wonderful seeing how this positive four letter word still commands such attention.

Love is a pretty wonderful topic, isn’t it? Let’s face it; it’s something we all enjoy hearing about, talking about, and definitely experiencing first hand. Some of us spend our entire lives in pursuit of it. Some of us are disappointed when we find it, only to discover it wasn’t the real thing at all. It was just an illusion, a counterfeit, an imposter!

Confession: Over the years, I’ve become pretty well-versed in the “illusion, counterfeit and imposter” areas.

No sympathy needed. These experiences taught me priceless lessons. One such lesson is it’s impossible to truly know what love is – what it looks and feels like – without considering the source of love. Here is what I found:

1 John 4:8b – …for God is love.

GOD. IS. LOVE!

I can tell my last post ignited a mini firestorm of curiosity and led many new visitors to my little blog home. They may have been intrigued by the picture and possibly expecting to read some big BLING announcement. If that was the case, I’m sorry to disappoint. However, the real jewel in that post was that small passage of 8 verses in 1 Corinthians 13, and I hope you didn’t miss this treasure. Those verses outline, what I consider to be, the character and personality of love. Understanding this passage is crucial to navigating, with wisdom, the most pivotal relationships in our lives – relationships with family, friends, and (if the Lord wills) future husbands for us single girls. Knowing ourselves is one aspect. Knowing the origin and character of love is another. Without the proper perspective, we are at risk of mismanaging, or even being abused in the name of, this sweet gift.

Again, this is surface talk. We’ll go deeper later, and I’ll even share some of my personal love-like experiences that led me to the lesson I mentioned above. That lesson moved me from a painful path to a positive one. The new path is reflected in the picture you saw in the last post. So far, so good… 🙂 (If you missed it and you want to know what all the hype was about, click here.)

Until next time…

Completely ME,

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Pardon the Delay

Ok, so I’ve tried like crazy NOT to miss a day and to write at all costs in my Be Completely You writing challenge . I was out-of-town this past weekend, and there’s nothing like a bit of travel to upset your entire rhythm. I didn’t eat as well as I normally do, and I didn’t WRITE as well as I’ve tried to do either. However, I did enjoy myself, and we all know joy is priceless. 🙂

I tried to play catch up and write this evening, but that seems to be a no-go. I was hoping to post an E post for today and write a T post for tomorrow. Not happening. Fact of the matter is, I’m so sleepy I don’t think any words are flowing in my head unless they can be composed by a bunch of Zzzzzz. When I caught my head just as it was falling toward the keyboard I figured it was time to surrender to sleep.

So, I just want to drop you a line to say I’m still writing, but tonight I’m taking a much-needed break to get some rest. I’ll be back at these keys tomorrow evening. Hopefully once I get some rest I will be able to produce a worthwhile E post. I already have an idea in mind, so we’ll see if it still feels good tomorrow. Believe it or not, my T post was started last week. So, you go get some rest too. And if you’re reading this on tomorrow, well I hope you had a super good night. 🙂

Completely sleepy ME,

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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Love is in the Air

I realize this post is coming out late today, but if I get it out before midnight then I’ve kept my end of the bargain! 🙂 I usually try to write the day (or at the very latest, night) before, but yesterday was a pretty full day for me. Since the day is almost done, I won’t keep you long.

After spending the day yesterday sitting in a sea of my daddy’s famed baseball caps, I stopped to prepare for an evening out. Last night, I got all “dolled” up to attend a special pastor’s appreciation banquet with my honey. The attire was formal, and I was SO excited! I’d found the perfect dress, and I couldn’t wait for him to see it. Would you believe I’ve never been to a formal event (outside participating in a debutante cotillion my junior year in high school)? It’s true! That means I’ve definitely never been to a formal event with a DATE! When my sweetheart learned this little fact about me he went all out. We looked quite nice! He says I’m biased, so I’ll let you be the judge. 🙂

Anyhoo, as I reminisce on the lovely weekend and contemplate what to write about today, love is the winner by a landslide.

Confession: It is only by God’s grace that I’m alive to share the stories from seasons of my life where I sorely lacked wisdom in the area of love. If you think “alive to share” is an exaggerated phrase…well, just keep hanging out with me here… And again, you can be the judge. 🙂

I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve learned (mostly by trials and MANY errors) to rely on scripture’s description of love to patiently feed me the wisdom I so desperately need in this area, especially when it comes to my interaction with our beloved opposite sex. One of the most amazing lessons I’ve learned thus far is that, if you are a willing and attentive student, love will teach you all you need to know about itself.

So tonight (and please note I finished this post BEFORE my midnight curfew, lol) or tomorrow or whenever you read this, if you are so inclined, I invite you to begin studying of love  in the same place I began:

1 Corinthians 13:1-8 NASB – If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2  – If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3  – And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing. 4 – Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, 5 – does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, 6 – does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; 7 – bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 – Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away.

Love completely,

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