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“I will most gladly spend and be spent for your souls.”
2 Corinthians 12:15a

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Lately I’ve been ending the day feeling exasperated.
Julia has entered that lovely new phase of “constant mobility,”
and while fun, it can be exhausting.
And I only have one child! 🙂

This verse really spoke to me this morning.
Paul was writing to the Corinthians
(who in my opinion seemed exasperating to say the least!)
and yet his heart was to serve.

I want my heart towards Julia to be one of pouring out,
giving of myself and my time.
And to do it gladly!
I was telling Michelle last night how frustrating it can be to get to the end of the day and not really know how the things on my to-do list are not done.
I must have been doing something all day, right?!
In fact, I know I did lots of things.
They’re just not always apparent right away.
She was reminding me that Julia is the most important thing on my to-do list.
And if nothing else gets done, not to stress.
For not being a mom yet, she has a lot of motherly wisdom 😉

This is my prayer today.
That I would love Julia,
and spend and be spent for her sake.
And love every moment that God has given me with her.
And if, at the end of the day, not much has gotten checked off my list,
that I would rest in what God says is important.
Little souls certainly are worth caring for. 🙂

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This is what I just pulled out of the oven on this sunny Monday morning.
I just love fresh blackberries.
(Don’t worry – this was a pre-bake picture.  We don’t eat raw batter for breakfast.)

And these are some encouraging words I read from Spurgeon this morning:

The love of Christ which passeth knowledge…” ~Eph. 3:19

The love of Christ in its sweetness, its fullness, its greatness, its faithfulness, passeth all human comprehension…To be a man was something, to be a man of sorrows was far more; to bleed, and die, and suffer, these were much for Him who was the Son of God; but to suffer such unparalleled agony – to endure a death of shame and desertion by His Father, this is a depth of condescending love which the most inspired mind must utterly fail to fathom.  Herein is love! and truly it is love that ‘passeth knowledge.’ O let this love fill our hearts with adoring gratitude, and lead us to practical manifestations of its power.”
~C.H.S.

This is love.
As I sit here drinking my tea with a candle lit and music playing softly.
With a kitchen full of dirty dishes.
With laundry lying everywhere begging to be folded 😉
With toys scattered all over the house.
With breakfast baking in the oven and my two loves sleeping above me.
With the sun beginning to stream in through my windows.
All of this is enjoyable because of what Christ has done for me!
All of this is sweet because I know my future is secure in Christ.
All of this matters because Christ made it so.
All of this is an expression of Christ’s love for me.
That Christ would give up his glory so that I might be saved – and not just saved, but made a child of God! – this truly does stagger the mind!
May I live ever mindful of the great riches I have in Christ, even in the mundane of a Monday morning. 
This gives me joy, motivation and faith for my day. 
The love of Christ truly is a powerful and beautiful thing. 
Let it compel me.  (2 Corinthians 5:14-15)

Happy Monday!

Teux-day I have lots on my teux-deux list.

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– empty dishwasher
– clean up the kitchen
– laundry: wash and fold
– clean out the 3rd floor (please let’s not talk about how many times this has been on my list!)
– make baby food: sweet potatoes and peas
– cook dinner: Spicy Asian Chicken
– dust the downstairs
– errands: Lowes
– plan a birthday cake
– lesson plan
– play with baby girl 🙂

Some of these things take 2 minutes to do but, with a 7 and 1/2 month old, it is ambitious – trust me ;)  I will most likely not get it all done.
I am so grateful to God for work, though.  It is truly a gift to do things for His glory and our good.  I can’t tell you how much more joyful I am when I’m working and in the center of His will, than when I’m being lazy and not enjoying the tasks He’s given me for the day (which is often, ha!).  His will always turns out to be better than mine. 

Seemingly, but not totally, unrelated is this verse which is speaking to me today:

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels,
but have not love,
I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal
.
And if I have prophetic powers,
and understand all mysteries and all knowledge,
and if I have all faith,
so as to remove mountains,
but have not love,
I am nothing
.
Love is patient and kind,
love does not envy or boast;
it is not arrogant or rude.
It does not insist on its own way;
it is not irritable or resentful;
it does not rejoice at wrongdoing,
but rejoices with the truth.
Love bears all things,
believes all things,
hopes all things,
endures all things.
Love never ends.”
~1 Corinthians 13:1-8a

 

happy wednesday.

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