February Focus on Love

February Focus on Love

As I’m writing this, the entire family is home with a snow day. Which made me remember those times in the past when the weather gave me a free day to do nothing but snuggle under a blanket with a mug of hot chocolate, a bowl of buttered popcorn, and a book. I love snow days. I also love peppermint mocha coffee, similar to the ones on freshboost. Dark chocolate. Italian and Mexican food. Castles.

Living Under the Waterfall

When it comes to scenery that inspires and refreshes me, nothing quite matches a waterfall. Crystal clear water cascading freely over a rocky edge and plumenting to a pool below with a misty fountain of sparkling drops and a thundering crescendo heard far away. Add pictuesque trees, greenery, and flowers and the idyllic scene soothes the soul with a perfect combination of beauty and power. I’ve been thinking about waterfalls lately, partially because of a

Love Your Visible Neighbor

“To love the invisible God, you must first love your visible neighbor.” ~Unknown “But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?” ~ 1 John 3:17 NKJV After Wednesday’s blog post on benevolence, I’ve been wrestling through the idea that loving God and loving your neighbor are linked together. If I love God with all my heart,

Loving Yourself

Two relatively simple commands: love God with everything you’ve got and love your neighbor as yourself. Why do we have such trouble following them? Because of those two words at the end … as yourself. On the narcissistic end of the spectrum, self-indulgence and self-absorption cause us to hold back areas of our life and never give ourselves fully to serving God. Self-importance and plain-old selfishness keep our focus off the needs of those around

I Live To Serve

… because I live to love.   I woke up one morning last week to a fresh mountain of wet bedding and a litany of demands from my 14-year-old special needs daughter.   As I stripped the sheets, I couldn’t help but think a few woeful thoughts. “Happy Birthday to me. Is this what the next year has in store? Do I live to serve?”   The answer slipped into my heart. Yes.   After