Learning to love

Love was the one thing I was sure I did well but when God breathed truth into my life I saw that my standard of love fell so short of the perfection of Jesus. Being in the presence of flawless love instantly exposed all my unloving daily thoughts & actions. God’s explanation was so powerfully gentle; there was no anger, fear, guilt or punishment. I saw that my love only extended to the people I have in my life and occasionally to someone in need. His love is so perfect that I fail even to the people closest to me – 

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 

I have failed at EVERY SINGLE ONE! So what good is love if I don’t do it fully and fiercely? Why does the love that I choose to give have limits and conditions? Why is the amount of love I have for someone relative to how close they are to me or how good our relationship? Surely the love I have for the stranger in town should be just as powerful as the love for my own child. 

“Love your neighbour as yourself” 

I knew this verse and always felt, for me, it seemed impossible to obey; for example, I definitely did not love the man who raced me to the last seat on the tube when I was heavily pregnant. But I’d never read the verse before – 

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” Mark 12:30

And *that’s how we love to full capacity! He breaks the barriers we set, he enables us all to love boldly, powerfully & unconditionally. By first being secure in God’s love for me (despite my many many flaws!) and experiencing how precious we are to him, it becomes crystal clear how precious EVERY SINGLE PERSON on this earth is to him so who am I to put up barriers on his incredible gift of love! If we choose every day to keep our hearts fully open to Jesus allowing him to lead us then His awesome, thundering, mighty, boundless love blazes through.  

Thank you cards

I love getting my children involved in saying thank you for their gifts. My four year old is doing well with writing her thank you cards and I thought this was a really lovely way for my 1 year old to say thank you. She really loved doing them and liked the texture of the sponge and paint. It was very sweet to see how impressed her sisters were with the results.