Love perfected

Paul prays it for us in Ephesians 3:19, “… to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge…”.

John lays out in 1 John 4: 7-12, “Love is from God, God is love, Jesus-the epitome of God’s love in flesh, that God loved us, calls us to love others, and in all that His love is perfected in us.”

To know Gods love is to give it away.  Believing He will still fill us up at the end of a hard day, with hard people to love, and that He will do it again tomorrow.

I’ve been fearful.  Stingy with my love at times.  Afraid I didn’t have enough to give out.  But slowly I’m trusting, this perfecting, that God will refill me.   But that requires some practices on my part, like praying for others, so my heart softens and changes towards them.  Praying for patience with my littles.  Praying the Holy Spirit shows up for me, because I am not able to love in a way God has for me.  It is beyond me.

I love Ephesians 3: 19 says “…and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge.”   I love more that this is Paul’s prayer.  He understood what it took for us to know Christ’s love for us.  It has little to do with us, we don’t have to organize perfect prayers, just honest ones. Like we need Him.  We can’t do this thing on our own.  It is impossible without Him.

As we pray, I’m challenging myself to look less for the answers, and more for where God is showing up in this mess.  I’ve focused hard on the answers for so long, instead of the One with all the answers.

Love is perfected:

  1. as we get to know our Savior’s love for us through:
    1. Prayer
    2. Reading His Word
  2. as we love our neighbor:
    1. without expectation
    2. with anticipation of God showing up and making His love known

Life goal: to know His Love for me, because it will undoubtably pour out.

Balance

 

This is my word for 2018.  Balance.

Have you ever had a word for the year? A word you let God speak to you?

I love this. It is so personal. A magnificent God communicating to each of us personally through one word.  How powerful.

I love that my friends have shared their word for the year with me. Some are joy, humility, to be content and to grow. I’m honestly challenged by many of their words. Through them sharing, I feel like they are letting me be a part of what God is doing in their lives.

So what is God challenging you with this year?

Over the past two years, my word has been rest and I read books on rest and being present and reflecting.

And this year my word is balance. So I’m not only balancing my schedule with my kids and husband but also with myself. Picking things I enjoy amidst the chaos of loving my home and the people in it. I’m taking time for the things that make me smile, and grow me as a person and a believer.

Here are some of the things I will add to balance out my schedule. And most of them I’ve learned the past two years focusing on rest, I like that!

I’m reading more fiction, balancing out my how to and Christian living books. I’m doing yoga and appreciating my time and worth and it has opened my heart to be thankful just by slowing down to do it. I’m taking baths with fizzy bath bombs and painting canvases. I’m doing calligraphy and making artwork for friends. I’m cooking and trying new foods. I’m listening to piano music and nature sounds. But I’m also still doing laundry and dishes and picking up after my kids. It’s both and I like that.

So what’s your word? Pray about it. Share it with your friends! Comment below, I’d love to know too!