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?
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.
How will you show God’s great love today?
Big Love Around the Blogosphere
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.
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?
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.
May you find peace this week under the protection
of God’s big love for you.
Let me live forever in your sanctuary,
safe beneath the shelter of your wings!
And now it’s your turn!