Love = See + Compassion + Action

Yesterday, I was at Target and I took a short-cut through the women’s pajama section.  I casually overheard a nice looking senior gentleman ask an associate if this was all of the women’s pajamas. I didn’t think much of the question, but her response caught my attention.  He asked a simple question, and she responded, “Yes, this is it…you’re on your own.”  He obviously was out of place in this area of the store!IMG_20180319_094725260

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An Open Door {Home, Part 5}

{Home is the starting place for lived-out-love, a place where the needs of the whole person are cared for.  This post explores the relational care we extend to others beyond our household.}

Each of our homes has a front door.  I imagine each person in our household coming and going, and other people being welcomed in.  My husband Richard engages with many people at the university, the girls are a helpful and friendly part of their school community, and I run errands or spend my morning at MOPS as a mentor mom.  Neighbor kids come play and a small group Bible study meets in our home.IMG_20171101_150436459.jpg

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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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