Walking The Love Walk

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1 Corinthians 13:1-8a

” If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I posses to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

Such in-depth verses to ponder as we come closer to Valentine’s Day in this month of hearts and roses and love. Let’s get it right! Love isn’t just a romantic word to toss about carelessly, because we can but a genuine attribute of in-depth quality! An exquisite attribute that infiltrates every area of our living.

Lord help us not to be just a loud noise, full of ourselves, trying desperately to appear like we have some kind of religion, and some kind of power and some kind of knowledge laced with good works. Our love for one another and for the world has to go deeper than the talk and get right into the nitty, gritty of our beautiful soul ~ where we live it and breathe it daily. The whole foundation of our Christ walk is love. The whole message of the Bible is love. Pure, unconditional love in every aspect of our living. Help us to seek Your counsel for wisdom on how to best demonstrate it to a vast,hurting world ~ and customize it to action in our own, little worlds lest we fall into the shortcoming of “good intentions.” Help us to lay pride and self on the altar, before we move out to love a vulnerable world with an unconditional love that only You can give. ~k

Stan Michalski in Power For Living says
“We may think we’re dazzling others with our talents, accomplishments, counsel, knowledge, humor, convictions, strength, and personality, but there is really only one thing people will notice about us.

“Do we Care?

If their evaluation is YES we will have a significant effect on their life. If their evaluation is NO, our many qualifications will not deeply impress them. Our expertise may even rankle them a bit.”
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Hopeful In The Dark

Little Thoughts For Big Days
Little Thoughts For Big Days

So I let one of my furry girls out into the rainy, early morning darkness and at this time of year I’m always afraid of skunks that might be lurking in the dark corners. One episode with a skunk can turn a whole world upside down in a matter of seconds as I found out a few years back! It was not fun and I dealt with skunk for a long while after the fact. This particular furry girl is getting up in years and at 14 doesn’t see or hear well, but is still pretty spunky in her actions, so she can be very illusive and I can’t call her back quickly, if she decides to run off. So ~ I let her go prancing off into the darkness as I stood holding my breath and hoping for the best. While waiting with teeth clenched in the tense stillness a beautiful chorus of early birds from nearby trees, presented their sweet, morning aubade for a brand new day. Their song occupied my mind and made the anxious wait just a little sweeter. In a few seconds I thought of a lot of things…. Oh Yeah ~ the world is in a mess for sure, and we don’t know just what’s around the next government corner or any other corner for that matter and just what does lurk in the darkness waiting to take us down in defeat, but it’s a beautiful world just the same. It’s a frightening journey sometimes, ~ this journey of life! And it’s difficult to stay focused on the good of it all ~ if there even is any good at all, because some days just seem like that. It’s a beautiful world if we see it with our soul eyes and through the eyes of a God who we know cares about us and for us. He’s graciously given us the beauty of things created for our enjoyment while we wait it out! But while we wait it out, let’s stay out of the dark corners as much as possible with ourselves and our minds and our worries and our cares and our concerns and our issues. Instead of going there, step out with God to the front porch and listen to the birds of His fabulous creation sing their sweet and beautiful song into our soul ears. Those same ears that hear Him speak sweet promises, gentle comforts, and awesome peace into our pain and brokenness.

My little furry girl returned just fine from around that frightening, dark turn and came bounding back to the door to safety. I picked her up to carry her down the stairs since she doesn’t see well enough on her own and all was good once again. No skunks, no issues and thankfully not a problem this time. Isn’t that what God does for us when we wander off into the complicated areas and into issues and make a huge mess of things, then come bounding back to Him? His unconditional love carries us with grace over the rough places and the uneven steps where we don’t see clearly in our humanness and ah yes ~ back to safety once again. Aren’t we thankful for His mercy? That’s what He does! I love how He does it.

Deuteronomy 23: 26, 27
“There is none like the God of Jeshurun, Who rides the heavens to your help, And through the skies in His majesty. The eternal God is a dwelling place, And underneath are the everlasting arms; And He drove out the enemy from before you, And said, ‘Destroy!’

Psalm 90:2
Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

❤ ❤ ❤