Gratefully, I read. And, in my heart, a witness rises.
1 Corinthians 13. The Way of Love.
13 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, I gain nothing. ESV
Love is everything; I venture to say, in every situation. All things- in and through love. God is love.
Recently, I was giving some time to words written (and spoken) by a godly woman farther along on the path than me. One thing I took note of was how specific and intentional she was in words and focus in cultivating a culture and climate of love in her family- especially among her children. I can still see her direct focus and voice- clearly articulating the amount of effort and work she and her husband invest in this endeavor. It made such an impact. I needed to hear this. She is a mama with many children- and so my heart was seeking her wisdom and insight with particular attention. Many relationships to manage and cultivate; varying ages; interests; and seasons of life. In fact, part of her instruction to me came out of her season with one daughter’s marriage and a much younger daughter’s journey to love well while also grieving sincerely (the change and loss of that beloved sister in the every day of the family life.) My heart beats with this pulse: to love well in Jesus- and to build this in my home.
On my twentieth anniversary, I told Todd that this is a focus I want to nurture much more fully in our family- and with much greater intention- going forward. It was one heartbeat I was able to choke out to him as we rallied after an exhausting season. I recognized a lack in this area; I want to change.
It has been a new year for me, leaning in hard and seeking to love well- as many things change and continue to change around me with children growing up and out while having still to settle in- even dig in – with much younger ones.
4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;[b] 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. ESV
I often tell my children: Love is not rude. Indeed, it is not. Love forbears. It undergirds. It covers. Love hopes, believes, and bears. Love rejoices with truth.
When my spirit faints within me, you know my way! ESV
O! how grateful, am I.
Just a brief excerpt from this passage- but so profound for me. The Lord is my refuge, and in Him – my portion (verse 5) -even when storms and trials and difficulties assail me. Psalm 142 speaking to me in a very personal challenge I am facing and a new direction I must travel and take. Grateful for the heart cry in the Psalms.
Lord, You are faithful. Your faithfulness brings me to tears. I praise You. Amen.