Be Brilliant: “We” instead of “Me”

Be Brilliant: “We” instead of “Me”

It is a mad craze out there, isn’t it?

As we prepare for Christmas, parking lots are like a game of bumper cars. Schedules feel like control top pantyhose. Christmas spending is a haze that will lead us into a depressed daze come January. And don’t get me started about the stress of trying to get a decent family photo. It ain’t happening. Not this year. (So I’m sorry your Christmas card is not in the mail. Look for a nice photo on Facebook in 2018. ;))

As I have been out running around trying to check things off, what appears to be as long as Santa’s global gift, list. There has only been one thing that has brought me true joy in every long line I linger in. People.

At first many of them have that glazed over, sugar crashed look just like mine. But as soon as I smile and say, “Merry  Christmas,” we both seem to light up.

We have six days till Jesus’ birthday. Our natural inclination is going to be to focus inward on our lists, ourselves and our families. But I am beseeching you to go against that instinct and be brilliant.Continue reading

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