Listen to the Voice of Love

Merry Christmas, friends!  When I think of Christmas, my heart is drawn again and again to the verse in John 1 that says “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.”  This begins Jesus’ life of love lived in the flesh with us.  It is amazing that our God would connect with us this way!  It is life changing when we allow His love to define who we are.  Let’s listen for the voice of Love this Christmas.

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Light Shines in Darkness

As we move into winter and the days become shorter, I like to light candles.  I light one on the kitchen counter on school mornings to cheer our day.  I light one at dinner as we gather together as a family to reflect on our day.  And, of course, I light one whenever I simply feel like it!

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Love is Relational

Love is relational, in its very nature.  In relationship we know and are known.  As we get to know someone, we want to know who they are are and let them know us.  Love is expressed in the context of relationship.  Relational love includes things like noticing people, listening, asking questions, sharing of your heart and selves, and responding.

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Love…powered by sticky notes? {Love is intentional}

Love is intentional!  Love notices people, sees needs, reaches out, responds, takes action … and follows up on the intent to do so!  Love is not passive or disengaged.  With loving actions and responses, we change the course of our futures, and that of other people as well (it makes a difference!).

Earlier this summer I jotted in my journal: “Intentionality:  How can we reach out?  Show love?  Create beauty?  Create fun?  (Invite friends over.)”  These good things don’t just happen by accident in our lives.  They happen when we are thoughtful and imagine the possibilities, then follow through and take action to make that which is good and loving happen!

For me, sticky notes help me be intentional about all sorts of things.  (I also like Google Keep on my phone, as it’s great for making lists or notes wherever I am.)

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Love Creates Beauty!

Love sees people and life honestly, and engages in constructive and beautiful ways that make a difference.  This difference impacts both the people living out of love, and all the people their lives touch.

I use the word “beauty” broadly, to include interactions, kind gestures, thoughtful details and plans, details that combine to create an hour or day … any sort of thing we can do in a creative and beautiful way!  Our choices to pursue beauty and goodness make all the difference in who we become and how we live out our days.

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