4 Steps to Live Loved and Love Lavishly

4 Steps to Live Loved and Love Lavishly

 

Nearly every night, my nine-year-old son snuggles up to my two-year-old daughter in her toddler bed and sweetly says, “Ella, can I give you a hug? Will you tell me, I love you Cole?”

Come on! Really??? Isn’t this stuff only in movies? Nope, I didn’t make it up for a good opening. That is my sweet boy! His daddy is raising him right!

However, this memorable moment gets shut down with Ella’s response.Continue reading

The Key to Living Loved

The Key to Living Loved

With my journal pried open. The darkness and doubts of my heart poured out in prayer on the page. My pen awaited His response. His invitation. Spoken to my spirit. And my pen began to write…

Learn to sit still and let my love saturate your soul.

Learn to sit still. (Well, who has problems with that? Ahem.)

Let my love saturate your soul. (But why?)

Learn to live loved. (What?)

As I fumbled through understanding this invitation, I was reminded of a mundane activity I had just engaged in.Continue reading

3 Ways to Feel God’s Love

3 Ways to Feel God’s Love

The pouty face. Maybe you’ve seen one on your first-born or used it yourself. The eyes that look up under furrowed brows. The plump lower lip thrown in for added affect. The slow motion blinking of thickened eyelashes. An attempt to pull on our heartstrings as they plead for mercy or maybe our money.

How can I say no? How long will my anger last or wallet hold out? How many seconds will go by before I show love through my attitude or actions again? The beauty of exploring our relationship with the good Father is that we learn his heart through the way we treat our own.Continue reading

Finding it Difficult to Feel God’s Love?

Finding it Difficult to Feel God’s Love?

We weren’t going to enjoy our first kiss until my man was ready to say, “I love you”. Think what you may, but for me this was a good plan. It gave significance to our first kiss and sweetness to when he said, “I love you”.

Nowadays I use the word “love” so much its like breezing through a box of Kleenex during a chick flick. Frequent. Not fully utilized. Eventually tossed in the garbage. “I love those shoes.” “I love my husband.” “I love your Tupperware.” “I love my children.” You get the drift.

So when we see this beautiful declaration in 1 John 4, “God is love”. We could casually think, “That is nice,” but then toss it to the side with every other thing we “love”.Continue reading

You are invited…We are all Daughters

You are invited…We are all Daughters

It’s a big no-no in the blogging world.  Since last fall, I have only made 2 posts to my blog. However, I haven’t been blogging but I have been writing. Between waddling through my 3rd trimester of pregnancy and caring for our fourth addition since November, I have written my first ever full length bible study.

It’s called, Daughters: Your Identity Rescued, Your Value Restored

It grew out of questions I still had about who I was to God? Do I have value? What does he see when he looks at me? Does he really love me because I really struggle to feel it? Where am I secure? What is my worth? Do I have dignity?Continue reading