Yes You Can Do Everything With Big Love

Daily annoyances getting under your skin? There is hope. You can get through them with big love. Here's how...

We had been married for three years. I was six months pregnant with our first child and probably not my normally patient pleasant self. 🙂

There I stood in the closet moving Rev’s suits from wire hangers to wooden suit hangers and grumbling under my breath.

“Why can’t he just remember to hang them on the right hangers so the pants won’t slide off and the jacket will keep it’s shape? I’ve reminded him soooo many times.”

No sooner had the grumbles slowed than I heard the still small whispering voice say, “Would it be better if he wasn’t there?”

Talk about an attention getter.

I’ve carried that moment in my heart and mind since it happened years ago. It’s helped me remember to value big love over control and correctness.

Is it okay to want family members to clean up after themselves, to help with chores, and care for what they have?

Absolutely!!

It’s even okay to allow them to live out the natural consequences when they don’t, but…

Grace. Patience. Kindness. And yes, big love must come first.

I need God’s grace, patience, kindness, and big love. I need those things from my family and friends. And I want to give them. I want my relationships to be more important than being right. I want love to reign in our home.

Sometimes love is quietly doing and sometimes it is gentle and loving counsel. Always it is faithful, courageous, and strong.

Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. And do everything with love. 1  Corinthians 16:13–14

Do everything with love. Big love. Love flowing over us into the lives of everyone around us.

The Lord is compassionate and merciful,
    slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.
He will not constantly accuse us, nor remain angry forever.
He does not punish us for all our sins;
    He does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve.
For His unfailing love toward those who fear Him
    is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth.
Psalm 103:8–11

How will you show God’s great love today?

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Big Love Around the Blogosphere

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Jason is a pastor/musician who
shares life and faith at Connecting to Impact –
Community. Conversation. Connection.

Jason invites readers with these words:
“I hope you’ll join me in observing God’s miracles
in the challenges and joys of an everyday
person trying to have extraordinary impact.”

His post—Getting Past: “I Want to Know You”
both challenged and blessed me.
Don’t miss this one.

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Mary Geisen is the beautiful writer of – Passage Through Grace
God’s Work in Progress: My Grace Journey

Her teacher’s heart wrote these words: “What if…
my humble home, my story, my words spilled out on a page,
touched one person? Would I write? Should I write”

If you are going through a season of change,
don’t miss her post – What’s Next?

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Ginger Harrington is a friend and writer at 5 Minutes for Faith.
Ginger’s Corner is that place…
“Where the Spiritual Meets the Practical”

And she does is all with a sense of humor.
“Goofy Girl + Teaching Ministry = A Laugh with a Lesson”

Her post – Be Still to Discover Your Strong
will help you lean on the Lord when you need more.

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May you find peace this week under the protection
of God’s big love for you.
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Let me live forever in your sanctuary,
    safe beneath the shelter of your wings!
Psalm 61:4

And now it’s your turn!

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14 comments

  1. nicki schroeder
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    Spot on friend: “Grace. Patience. Kindness. And yes, big love must come first. ” Great post, love the honesty that comes with wisdom of years. It’s so true that love really begins with God. And our attitude in how we approach others, including our marriage. So glad you have carried that moment in your heart all these years to teach us today. xoxo
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  2. Leah Adams
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    Oh how true this is! I remember one time years and years ago grumbling to myself about how my man always seemed to want s-e-x. About the same time, I heard a radio program on marriage or read a book on marriage…can’t recall which. Anyway the speaker/author addressed my grumble as if she could read my mind. She said, ‘are you not glad he wants you, and not someone else.’ Hmmmm, that took care of that!

    Great post. Stopping by from #GraceTruth.
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  3. Cindy Barclay
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    Great Post Deb! Love covers a multitude of “sins”- In every relationship there are those “irritating” idiosyncrasies that bug us! Thank God He is the source of His limitless, unending, patient, kind, love! thanks for this post! #bloggercaregroup- hugs and blessings
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  4. Ann says:

    I was moved when a long-time friend recently told me that one of the biggest things she appreciates about me was that I was patient and non-judgemental. I had to think about that for a minute because I often don’t “feel” very patient or full of grace. But somehow, God supplies me with enough for me to allow those around me to experience HIS love and kindness through me. Thanks for sharing and hosting the link-up!
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  5. Mary Geisen
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    I love the idea of loving with a big love. What a great reminder to carry with us as well as the perfect story you shared to illustrate this. I am blessed and honored that you have chosen my post “What’s Next?” as one of your top picks. Thank you and have a blessed weekend!
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