Showing posts with label #Bible study. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #Bible study. Show all posts

Saturday, June 25, 2016

What is Love?

I don't like most commercials, but ones with little children nearly always catch my attention. The Shriners use handicapped children to inform about all the good things they do, hoping, I assume, for donations.

The commercial I like best is the one where the children answer the question, "What is love?"

"Love is you like someone or something."
"Love is dancing."

Their answers are precious and heartfelt. If asked, how would we adults answer this question?

"Love is caring for someone more than ourselves."
"Love is an extreme affection for another."
"Love wants to give, not get."

All are great answers. My invaluable Roget's Super Thesaurus gives, as synonyms for love, "endearment, devotion, adoration, fondness, closeness intimacy, passion, crush, attachment," among many others ranging from a friend to a soulmate.

True Story
A few years ago, my oldest daughter and a young gentleman were great friends. They told each other about ones they dated. They spent a lot of time together in church work and fun stuff. My daughter began to see a change in her feelings, and she asked me, "How do you know when you're in love?"

"Why?" I asked.

"Well, lately, I just want to do anything and everything to please Mark, even if it's not what I want to do."

"You're in love," I told her.



The Bible tells us:


4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 
                                                             1 Corinthians 13 4-8 (the love chapter)
 
 
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.                                                                                             1 Peter 4:8
 
   Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
                                                              John 15:13        
 
 
 
All this has been running through my mind this last week. The more I think about it, the more that I realize the answer to my question is:
 
What is love? Love is God

 
Don't just say "I love you," to God. Say, "I love you, too" because He first loved us.
                                                            Beth Moore
 
In my Wednesday night Bible study, a sweet teacher friend told us that during a book reading in her class about a grandpa and a little boy, the boy wanted the grandpa to promise he would never leave him. The grandpa told the boy, "I love you, and that's better than any promise."
 
We may want God to promise that we'll get well, or that our husband won't leave, or our child won't die. He may promise that, but He may not. Instead of promising that, God might be saying, "I love you, and that's better than any promise."
 
The warm days allow for nice mornings to sit on my patio for my quiet time. I hear "I love you" in ever chirp of the bird or flit of the butterfly's wings. Love surrounds us.
 
I am in awe of God. An old song reminds us to write God's love would take an ocean of ink and a parchment stretching the globe.
 
Thank you, Lord.
 
I love you, too.
 


Saturday, April 9, 2016

What's the Magic Exercise?

Overeaters search for the perfect eating plan or the magic exercise to aide in weight loss.

Well, I have the magic exercise.

 

For me, it’s dancing.


 
For my Weight Watcher friend, Kay, it’s walking on a nearby high school track.

 

For my Bible study friends, Diane and Tara, it's Crossfit and marathons, respectively.

 

For an online friend, Penny, it’s sumo squats.

 

In other words, it’s whatever you enjoy and will continue to do because you like it and like the people you do it with.

 

Does that mean you won’t have moments of failure? No, you probably will. It’s then that your attitude will make the difference.

 
Timely tips: 

Don’t give up.

Look at your stumble as a new dance step.

Find the humor.

Count only what you did right.
 
Reward yourself for small goals. (Like dancing to fast songs picked out by someone fifty years younger than yourself. Ha!)

 

At Red River, NM. Hey, I tried!
 
Any exercise that you enjoy will be magical, and the right attitude works wonders.