Monthly Archives: February 2013

We love, God loved first + Valentine’s Printable

“If I don’t have love, I am nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:2 NIRV

Without love, nothing? Really?


The chapter goes on to teach us what love is and what it is not — love is patient, kind, not rude, does not insist on its own way, is not irritable or resentful, or easily angered


These last few weeks I’ve struggled with my determined child. In the height of emotion and frustration, anger words I can never regain — were released. And my actions and my words were contrary to the “is and nots” of love defined by His Word, by His life.

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Someone to Listen

As a mom, I wish I could fix all of the issues my daughter has to face.

The dramas of growing up and fitting in.

Learning to control her emotions and behavior.

Figuring out how to live in this sinful world.

But even if I could solve everything, I know it wouldn’t be what’s best for her because there are lessons to be learned.

What I can do is be there for her.

And sometimes, that’s what she needs most—someone to listen and let her know her feelings are valid.

She wants to be heard. She wants to know I’m there for her no matter what.

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When Those You Love Don’t Love Jesus

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. Ephesians 6:10-11

The words stab my heart and I stand, dumbstruck, stuck in the moment. Trapped by the sharpness piercing to my very core. “You want to know what they think of you?” The words continue without pause for an answer, “Well I’ll tell you, they think you’re a Jesus Freak, and annoying.” I am left speechless. I read Ephesians, chapter six, just this morning, yet I find my heart racing and eyes filling.

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Love Never Stops Believing

It’s these moments that can tug on a mother’s heart until it burns. Yet when it comes to our children, I’ve learned it never stretches far enough to break. It may lose its shape for awhile, but mostly our hearts just grow to fit it all in.

And I see his bottom lip give way to a quiver. His long lashes flutter repeatedly due to the frustration. It takes all I have in me not to scoop his four year-old frame right up and pour on the kind of love that tickles and makes you giggle until you burst into hiccups.

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Words of Wisdom about Love from a Four Year Old

One of my all-time favorite quotes comes from four year old, Billy, who is definitely wise beyond his years.

When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.

Don’t you love it?

“Safe in their mouth.”

Don’t you want your name to be safe in someone’s mouth?

Think about it, when your name is safe….

  • No secrets are betrayed.
  • No rumors are spread.
  • No lies are told.
  • No cruelty is spoken.
  • No anger is screamed.
  • No ___________

You’re safe.

I want everyone I love to know their name is safe with me.

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