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Feb 14

In Other Words: What Kind of Love?

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 (NIV)

Sometimes I think that it is a scary thing to be completely honest out here in front of the whole world, but then I remember that God already knows what I’m thinking and how I’m feeling, and most of the people in my life who love me already know how I feel and what I think about a whole bunch of stuff . . . . and the rest of the world may or may not like me, no matter what I say or don’t say. I mean, just look at the whole process we are witnessing in the political arena! If you have ever made a mistake in your life, be assured that someone will discover it, embellish it, and pass it around. So what makes me think that my life should be any different? Of course, we can all hope, but if we live long enough we will all experience a few messy situations, we will all make a few choices in life that are not the most helpful, and we will all run into people who don’t “approve” of us no matter what we think, say, or do. So . . . . . this week’s quote, as familiar as it is, reminds me of the most treasured gift that God has given me in this life and I choose to write about it today – so . . . . .

Although it was a very treacherous pathway that led me to this day, and this place, I wouldn’t go back to that other place for any amount of money of earthly treasures. Every day I think of how blessed I am to be so loved by my husband who is such a gentle, loving, giving, faithful man. He is such a hard-working and loving Daddy to our girls, he is my friend and my lifetime companion. But it was not always so for either one of us. That’s the messy part   ;o) but the good news is that God is in the business of Second Chances, and I am so grateful that, at my age, to find myself in a marriage where I am treasured, cherished, adored, and completely safe. I can pray no greater blessing in the lives of my daughters. “Do not ever consider marrying a man unless he is just like your Daddy!” Because, of course, I made a different choice the first time around, and I live with the scars of that pain every day . . . . and will live with that wound until the day I die. But, again the good news is that I haven’t yet died of a broken heart, because if that was going to happen, I would have been dead a long time ago!

Today, Valentine’s Day, I am writing this while listening to one of the songs that always brings me to my knees in gratitude to God for the gift of my husband:

You Raise Me Up

by Celtic Woman

When I am down and, oh my soul, so weary;
When troubles come and my heart burdened be;
Then, I am still and wait here in the silence,
Until you come and sit awhile with me.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up: To more than I can be.

There is no life – no life without its hunger;
Each restless heart beats so imperfectly;
But when you come and I am filled with wonder,
Sometimes, I think I glimpse eternity.

Without my God and my Savior Jesus Christ, none of this would be possible. But knowing that I am loved, forgiven, and sheltered in the love of the Lord makes all of the past heartache bearable. The joy of each new day in the love of my sweet husband whom God has sent into my life reminds me of the gift we find in God’s Word, teaching us what “true love” really means. Thank you God for Your Word, for Your grace and truth, for all of my yesterdays, for the gift of this dear man, and for all of our tomorrows, together serving You!

If you would like to join us for In Other Words this week, please visit Debbie at Heart Choices where you can share a link to your blog post on this quote and you can also find all the other participants so you can visit them. And don’t forget to leave a comment so they know you stopped by! Have a great Tuesday, Nina 

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  1. Nicole B.

    Hi there, sweet friend! I to am every so thankful that God is in the business of 2nd chances…or, for me, 3rd chances with a wonderful man who puts God FIRST. Happy Valentine’s Day, my friend!

  2. Debbie

    I so believe in second chances. And I’m so glad we have a God who forgives and loves us. I’m so happy that you have such a wonderful husband and friend for life. I too have made my mistakes in life. But many lessons are learned the hard way. And then how wonderful to be so blessed and loved. How like God to bring someone so perfect for you and your children.

    Thank you for participating this week. Happy Valentine’s Day!

    Blessings and love,
    Debbie

  3. Ms. Kathleen

    Oh I love that song and Celtic Woman… You are so right, it’s not always easy knowing what to share – too much, too little… But I like to be honest with who I am. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. Cindy

    Amen!
    The political arena and the world are such a challenging place to love and be real. It is only with God’s love this can be accomplished. And oh the ways it is!

    Thank you for joining IOW today.

    All thru Him,
    Cindy

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