Excited to see what memories this year brings!! I am so thankful for the man that God has given me. He has truly blessed me more than I deserve. I super glad to be doing life with Jeremy Paul.
Who doesn’t want to be beautiful for the person they love? Have you ever felt slightly . . . not beautiful? Has it ever bothered you? I’ve been there. I actually let the concept of beauty bother far more than I should.
One beautiful truth that I have learned is that the way the world defines beauty is not as important as true beauty. And true beauty, or loveliness doesn’t have to be natural, but it can come from Somewhere else. A story that has taught me this is the story of “The Girl No One Wanted” in the Jesus Storybook Bible. The story tells about Leah from the Bible. As the Bible says, Leah was not as beautiful as her sister Rachel, and therefore, she was not chosen first, although she was the oldest. And even though she was able to have many children, she was never the most loved by the husband she shared with her sister. I can’t imagine the feelings of desperation and ugliness and worthlessness that could have plagued Leah.
If you’re like me, you may have found a guy in your life who loves you and tells you you’re beautiful even when you don’t feel it. Maybe you haven’t. Maybe you’re struggling through a time when you don’t feel chosen or loved by anyone. Maybe you feel a little like Leah. She was always second to Rachel in terms of beauty. And yet, in Sally Lloyd-Jones’ treatment of the story, she gives us a beautiful glimpse at the truth of how God affects our loveliness. She writes:
“But God didn’t think she was ugly. And when he saw that Leah was not loved and that no one wanted her, God chose her – to love her specially, to give her a very important job. One day, God was going to rescue the whole world – through Leah’s family. Now, when Leah knew that God loved her, in her heart, suddenly it didn’t matter anymore whether her husband loved her the best, or if she was the prettiest. Someone had chosen her, someone did love her – with a Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love . . . One of Leah’s children’s children’s children would be a prince – the Prince of Heaven – God’s Son. This Prince would love God’s people. They wouldn’t need to be beautiful for him to love them. He would love them with all of his heart. And they would be beautiful because he loved them.”
Notice that in this paragraph, Leah’s loveliness does not come from her hair, her physique, her clothes, or even her personality. Her loveliness comes as a reflection of God’s blessing and working in her life. Her loveliness was evidence of a beautiful Creator, and a Creator who had chosen her.
Maybe today you are feeling unbeautiful. Maybe you are feeling lost and lonely. Take a moment and remember that not only are you made in the image of God, and so bear His loveliness in that way, but He has also chosen to love you, and as that love is reflected in you, you too can be lovely.
from Small Fry
I’ve been reading a book recently, that I’m sure you will see on here soon, and this week has been really convicting about appreciating people and being thankful for others. We tend to make life so busy, and our focus falls to our to-do list and accomplishments rather than to the people around us. Yet, when it really comes down to it, those people in our life have helped make us who we are, and without them, we would be at a loss. I focused on romantic and family relationships in the last few weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day, but I’d like to encourage you to do something special for the people who have invested their time into you. I started off the month with the encouragement of proving your love from I John 3:18. Who can you demonstrate love and thankfulness to today, and how can you do it? Here are a few ideas:
- complete a task you know they have to do – pick up the kids, deliver something, grab their groceries, run an errand, etc.
- call them – just call them. Say hi. Tell them you love them.
- send them an SMS – even though text messaging is the cop out of calling, a sweet text can still really brighten someone’s day.
- notice something – thank them for something they did that was small, or that no one else may have noticed.
- compliment them – sincerely compliment them.
- ask and listen – ask them a question about their life, and really listen to the answer. Don’t offer solutions or suggestions, just listen and empathize.
- surprise them – show up to their work or home with a cup of coffee or a snack.
- stick something in the mailbox – leave a little message and gift in the mailbox, or on their desk, or somewhere where they will find it.
- pray for them – pray for them, and let them know you are praying for them.
God is love. Love is a beautiful aspect of God’s character, and we have the opportunity to demonstrate it here on earth. I hope you’ll take a moment to stop and choose someone to love today!
Yet, love pictured never grows.
Love pictured never feels the heartbeat on the chest of the beloved.
Love pictured never kisses tenderly away the hurts of life.
Love pictured never knows the sweetness of the heart’s communication.
Love pictured never opens its eyes to the ambitions and dreams of the companion.
Love pictured never stretches to accept the inevitable changes and disappointments.
This is why, beautiful though pictured love may be,
As much as I may desire the perfection of storybook love,
I choose to embrace love alive.
And in that love I live so much the more.
August 1, 2011
So, today, I’m going to share with you my top few picks for love in literature. Let me know your own picks in the comments below!!
- Scarlet Letter
- Phantom of the Opera
- The Count of Monte Cristo
- When Crickets Cry
- The Dead Don’t Dance
- The Hunger Games (kind of :-))
Marriage and Christian Living:
- When Sinners Say I Do
- Sheet Music
- Becoming the Woman of His Dreams
- This Momentary Marriage
Although, thinking about it now . . . with the exception of a very few books (like Billy Budd, Sailor) I think you can work love into almost every story!! Anyways, these are a few of my favorites with good love stories woven in. Enjoy!
I wanted to share our love story with you today, but with a twist. This is more . . . English teacher style, I guess. 🙂 Enjoy!
How did we get here . . . to this “in love” thing?
Friends of friends
Crush . . . big time
more long conversations . . .
. . . more tears
Good conversations – meetin the dad
Past curfew demerits
Running . . . praying . . . running . . . praying
Saturday morning devos
Lots of txts
sitting out . . . working . . . long distance
Plans, forgotten cell phones, craziness, rain changes
Getting lost . . . laughing
Honeymoon . . . jet-skis, Hitch, thunderstorms, underage, camera fun, bikes, Rita’s
PA – little house, zucchini bread, baseball, football, rainy days, The Biggest Catch, bike
school, blessings, car
Roadtrips, Jesus Storybook Bible, tires, tickets, hotel rooms
Mountains, adventures, love, grace, prayer
Africa, Colorado, PA, Turkey
Dreams . . . and it just keeps going from there!!