Condition of Love

Love is not in very good shape in our world, is it?  Hateful, despicable words are common.  This world has a filter of self-indulgence, self-defense and self-promotion.  Sadly, it is a filter used by religious folks as much as political leaders. In contrast, the filter of love is the character of God.  The silver lining … More Condition of Love

Real Relationships are Messy

Love.  Family.  Friends.  There is nothing like the holiday season to expose the imperfections of relationships.  Our ideals are so high; our desires grand.  The television commercials and social media shares leave us thinking everyone else has more love and better relationships than we do.  Take heart!  Real relationships don’t always look beautiful…and sometimes they … More Real Relationships are Messy

Finding Real Love

Human love is fraught with problems that come from our human nature–selfishness, self-centeredness and a lack of faithfulness.  We say “I love you” and really mean “I love how you make me feel.”  The only way we can really love is to receive the love of God and let it pass through to others.  True agape … More Finding Real Love

Love is a VERB

Being loving is not an easy thing, but it is something we all desire to be! Love is a need for every person.  Stories written with love never end. 1 Corinthians 13 is the ultimate definition of what love looks like.  This is one of my favorite ways to remind myself what love looks like. … More Love is a VERB

Can you hear me now?

We all have those conversations with others that leave us feeling that nothing we thought we were saying was heard.  Whatever it is we intended to convey often takes a back seat to resentment and frustration.  Then, we assure that nothing is heard! We live in a loud, loud world–where opinions are shouted as truth … More Can you hear me now?

Love is action

Love–like faith–is action!  The heartbreaking evil of this week and the anger it generates took me to this old look at love.  May we all prayerfully seek the love of God and then let it flow out of our lives.  We change the atmosphere by living with a loving attitude.  1 Corinthians 13 show us what true … More Love is action

Fresh Start

I actually love the week in-between the Christmas and New Year celebrations.   The emphasis on true love–agape, sacrificial love–is the perfect backdrop for the New Year.  And the New Year doesn’t feel like starting over…it feels like a fresh start.  And it is!  The truth is every day is fresh and new. We don’t … More Fresh Start

Growing Up in Christ

Growing up spiritually takes a plan.  When I accepted Christ as Lord–as opposed to receiving a ticket out of hell–I had trouble finding folks who could articulate the Way.  They told me ‘read the Bible,’ ‘do this’ and ‘do that.’  They were not wrong, but I needed more.  It is always my heart to offer … More Growing Up in Christ