Flawless Love

imagesAre you ready for another book list?  I do hope so because I found some books about God’s love that have received great reviews.  Just by reading through some of the product descriptions the content looks to be soul inspiring ;=) To stick with the theme for this month I am of course focusing on love, God’s love.  Yes, that unconditional, sacrificial, unexplainable because “He Is Love” kind of love.  So take a good look at the book summaries and perhaps you’ll find that perfect read.  I know I can’t wait to get started!

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The God of the universe is crazy about you! His love is the most powerful thing in the world and He wants to give it to you, so you can live for Him. If you have made a commitment to follow Christ, then read Crazy Love to be reminded and challenged in your walk. Sharing from his own life struggles and sacrifices, author Francis Chan issues a call for selfless, Christ-like living. Let the love you have received from God impact your life like never before.

lbrHow do you explain a love that has no explanation? What will happen if you let it touch your heart? God loves you neither because you’re flawless nor because you’re perfect, but just because you are. In Love Beyond Reason, John Ortberg reveals the God you’ve longed to encounter: a Father head over heels in love with you, his child, and intensely committed to your highest joy. After exploring how this love has been revealed through Jesus, you’ll learn how you can love your family, friends, and the world around you with the same transforming love. Dispelling your fears and misconceptions of God, Love Beyond Reason brings you face to face with the love of God that frees and empowers you to love.

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Debbie Alsdorf discovered the reality of Christ’s love through a season of pain and brokenness. In Deeper, she reaches out to every woman tired of cliche Christianity and the burden of living a life of performance and people-pleasing. Through Psalm 139, you’ll discover how to bring life to your heart by radically embracing four core truths about God’s love for you: he knows you, he protects you, he made you, and he values you. Discover how meditating on these basic truths can help you move beyond “life-as-usual” into a vibrant, deeper walk with the one who loves you most. Paperback.

565974Sometimes it’s hard to believe that God loves us unconditionally. The world, and many times our own hearts tell us we need to do or be certain things to be worthy of love. Therefore, the reality of God’s unadulterated love can take a long time, perhaps a lifetime, to truly sink in.
In his new book God Loves You, David Jeremiah seeks to remove any doubt from believer’s minds of God’s vast and encompassing love for them. By drawing first and foremost from the Bible, he explores the radical truths that God loved you before you were born, He loves you even when you don’t love Him, He loves you when He corrects you, and He will never let you go. Understanding the depth of God’s love will draw you into deeper relationship with Him and transform your heart and life forever.

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When the glass house Sheila lived in for many years came crashing to the ground, she began a new life outside the safety of those walls. No…it did not feel good or safe, but it did feel true. In twelve stirring, insightful, and revealing chapters, Sheila Walsh shows how personal brokenness can open doors of intimacy with Jesus Christ that might not ever open in any other way.

Rekindled Romance-Romantic Gestures

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3 Your breasts are like two fawns, twins of a gazelle. 4 Your neck is like an ivory tower. Your eyes are the pools of Heshbon by the gate of Bath Rabbim. Your nose is like the tower of Lebanonlooking toward Damascus. 5 Your head crowns you like Mount Carmel. Your hair is like royal tapestry; the king is held captive by its tresses. 6 How beautiful you are and how pleasing, O love, with your delights! 7 Your stature is like that of the palm, and your breasts like clusters of fruit. 8 I said, “I will climb the palm tree; I will take hold of its fruit.” May your breasts be like the clusters of the vine, the fragrance of your breath like apples.9 and your mouth like the best wine. May the wine go straight to my lover, flowing gently over lips and teeth. 10 I belong to my lover, and his desire is for me. 11 Come, my lover, let us go to the countryside, let us spend the night in the villages. 12 Let us go early to the vineyards to see if the vines have budded, if their blossoms have opened, and if the pomegranates are in bloom— there I will give you my love. 13 The mandrakes send out their fragrance, and at our door is every delicacy, both new and old, that I have stored up for you, my lover. (Song of Solomon 7:9-13)

Can you believe that this is scripture? Sounds like a sexy novel.  Keeping in mind that our marriages shouldn’t be sexless, our passion and romance for our spouses shouldn’t be non existent. After being married for a few years it is easy to forget about the romantic gestures that came so natural in the time prior. It is easy to take the one you married and love for granted. When you add jobs, kids and life in the mix sometimes couples put their love lives on hold. Although it’s easy to let the flame go out in our marriages we have to be intentional about rekindling the romance. Of course we shouldn’t only express our love during the month of February alone. But if you have noticed that the fire behind your romance has fizzled in your marriage, here are a few things that Could help us rekindle the romance in our marriages.

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  1. Write a poem.*
  2. Cook a romantic dinner.
  3. Give a full-body massage.
  4. Pack a sunset picnic.
  5. Pick wildflowers on the way home.
  6. Give dark chocolates.
  7. Read(Song of Solomon together) lol*
  8. Prepare strawberries with fondue chocolate.
  9. Leave little love notes everywhere.*
  10. Send a love email every day.
  11. Take a moonlit walk.(when it warms up lol)*
  12. Snuggle together while watching romantic movies.
  13. Watch something your spouse enjoys while snuggling
  14. Take a bath together (use bubbles!).*
  15. Bring home good coffee or a decadent sweet.
  16. Take a walk down memory lane — visit some of the special places from your early days of dating.*
  17. Make warm chocolate cake for dessert. To do body painting
  18. Make a scrapbook with photos, mementos, and little notes from your lives together.*
  19. Kiss in the rain.(or snow lol)
  20. Ride a ferris wheel.
  21. Sneak away from a party and make out.
  22. Bring home great take-out, and light some candles.
  23. Fix something or fix up the house just to make your partner happy.*
  24. Take a nap together.
  25. Kiss slowly, touching his or her back and neck and nape — just to tease
  26. Make a list of everything you love about him or her.*
  27. Write a love letter. And publish it in your local paper.*
  28. Go to a movie, ignore the movie, and make out like teen-agers.
  29. Groom yourself, and try to look good for your partner.
  30. Take some quiet time and talk about your day.
  31. Write little notes, one for each way he or she drives you crazy.
  32. Feed each other grapes.
  33. Recreate your partner’s favorite romantic movie scene.
  34. Pretend you’re going on a first date — show up at the door with flowers, all dressed up, with your car washed and cleaned, looking spiffy. Recreate the first time.
  35. Create a little box with a bunch of your partner’s favorite things inside.
  36. Try some sexy role-playing. Get dressed up, be daring, have fun.*
  37. Give a little token to your partner to wear, and say it’s to remind him or her all day that you love them.
  38. Sing a favorite song to him or her. Only do this if you can sing fairly well.
  39. Have dinner on the roof, with some candles. This doesn’t work if your roof slopes sharply.( or if the climate isn’t perfect)*
  40. Hold hands, and walk somewhere with lots of pretty lights.
  41. Say I love you. In a different way, every day.
  42. Blindfold your partner. Use a feather. Slowly.
  43. Declare your love, very publicly.*
  44. Take sexy photos that only your spouse will see. (be careful) lol

Goodness is flowing to you

Give me 5 minutes a day and I'll give you a happier, more successful life

There is a stream of love and goodness flowing to you from heaven. (I’ll explain what I am talking about later in this post.) Some people know how to tap into this flow, others don’t. Those that know how to tap into the river of love get all sorts of good things in life. The only things that really matter in life come from the stream. Everything good, nothing bad flow to you from this invisible stream. All love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,gentleness, self-control flow to you from higher realms. (Galatians 5:22 But the Spirit of God produces the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,gentleness, self-control.)

The more you meditate on God and pray, the more of these good things come into your life.

So how do I know there is a steam of love and goodness flowing down to you? Well, the…

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Lovely Treats

If your’re having a party with friends, yourself, parents or spouse here are a few lovely treats to put on the menu. It’s always a great idea to be hands on.  This shows that you have taken the time and preparation to show and express your love. Try some lovely treats that are simple yet thoughtful.

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Fruit Cup Parfait

Directions
Toss 1/2 cup raspberries with 1 tablespoon chocolate liqueur; layer with crumbled brownies and chocolate ice cream in 2 glasses. Top with whipped cream and more raspberries.

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Fruit Kebobs

Chocolate Dipping Sauce

  • 1 cup(s) (6 oz) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup(s) heavy (whipping) cream
  • 2 tablespoon(s) light corn syrup

Orange Dipping Sauce

  • 1 cup(s) (8 oz) fat-free sour cream
  • 3 tablespoon(s) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon(s) freshly grated orange peel
  • 2 tablespoon(s) fresh orange juice
  •  You also need: Sixteen 10- to 12-in. wooden skewers

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Chocolate Covered(strawberries,cherries,pretzels)

INGREDIENTS

1 lb large ripe strawberries(cherries or pretzels)
1/2 lb (8 oz) chopped chocolate or chocolate chips – milk, semi sweet or dark
1/4 lb (4 oz) white chocolate (optional)
1 cup chopped nuts – pecans or almonds (optional)

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Bags of gummy fishes-card on the inside that says different things like,”I saw you and I was hooked.”

Make something with a personal touch.  I enjoy things that are made rather than bought. It means a lot for someone to take time to show you they care. You don’t have to be the best cook to make lovely treats.

10 Awesomely Inexspensive Ways To Show Love

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1.  DIY Love Coupons

I’m sure you know just about all your sweetheart’s favorite things. How about making up coupons with no expiration date of course, offering freebies! Anything from a free week of cleaning, free 30 min massage, or free weekend getaway.  Check out the love coupons at your local Barnes and Noble for less than $ 15.  Better than that make them yourselves for free! All it takes is a little creativity for a nice presentation. Now who wouldn’t love that, a gift that keeps on giving. Making it personal shows you really considered them and things they enjoy.

2. Quality Love Time

A movie night with just the two of you sounds doable right?  Gather the movies (all about mushy love stories of course ;=) Set up the snacks, this time make it special with specialty drinks, chocolate covered strawberries, and pretzels plus an entrée from their favorite eatery. Grab a throw to cuddle warm and close and there you have it a nice setting with no distractions, just you and that special someone spending quality love time.

3. Simply Say The Words

Sometimes simply saying the words  “I Love You” to that special person is taken to heart, and for some means so much more than any thing you could do and any gift you could give.

4.  A Night of Dancing

It doesn’t matter if you can’t dance, both of you get dressed, set a playlist of mixed songs in advance.  Invite your mate to a night of fun and dancing right at home.  If you really want to make it a night to remember choreograph a dance just for their eyes only. Make this a gift to be remembered.

5.  Special Friendship

Frame a picture of you and your friend give it to them with a hand written letter telling them what you love about the special friendship you both share.

6. C.D.

Make a C.D. of songs you know your loved one would enjoy and will minister to their spirit. Add a beautiful handmade or purchase card to go with it.

7. Plant Seeds of Love

If your available and want to sow some seeds of love, offer to cook or watch the children for a married couple to allow more quality time to spend with their sweetheart.

8. Host A Friends To Love Dinner

Make a simple but delicious dinner and invite friends over to share. You can decorate with paper heart streamers, and a few balloons.  Go around and share aloud with each friend why you love having them as your friend

9.  Love You

Spend some special time loving on yourself.  Enjoy an evening at home giving yourself a facial, a pedicure, or even wash your hair. Watch that movie are read that book you hadn’t had time to read. Write affirmations of love and read them aloud to yourself. Enjoy loving on you because you deserve it.

 10.  Spread The LOVE

How about simply telling someone about the Love of God, that will be the greatest gift for one to receive, and it’s absolutely FREE!!

 

 

There are so many ways to share love.  Do you have any tips or suggestions? Add your ideas to the list.

 

 

Something About Mary-Time Well Spent

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Luke 10:38-42 

Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”

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Mary Made A Choice Of Love Not Obligation. Her love for Jesus cancelled out all obligations. Everything else could wait. How to cancel out all other things to find time for God, whom we say we love. being intentional about spending time with God. There was something about Martha that I posses and something about Mary that I desire. Her time was well spent.

Let’s Share Some Love!!

ngIt’s  that time of the year and love is in the air. The “love bugs” or out and on the hunt to share some L-O-V-E.   I’ve rounded up a few simple and inexpensive ways for you to spread a little love to just about anyone rather it be your spouse, best friend, child, or grandparent these gifts of love will do the job. So check out my wonderful finds.  I’m sure you’ll want to use a couple if not all of these awesome ideas as part of your love spread;=)

  1. jarLove In A Jar – This first idea can be made and given to anyone. To make this “Love Gift” simply purchase or locate an empty jar or box ( a clear jar works nicely as it shows the beautiful contents).  Fill the jar with candy or your receiver’s favorite treats (valentine candy, homemade cookies etc.) Handwrite or type several small notes for the recipient to add to the jar. Examples of notes are: “I’m so glad God blessed us to be friends.”  “You are still the apple of my eye.”  “This note is good for a wonderful back rub.” Whatever it is that you want to express or do for this person write it and then role each note and tie it with a ribbon.  Try using strips of paper, sticky notes or cut out hearts in shades of red, pink and also white.  Do the same for the ribbon just to add to the theme.
  2. Hide and Show Some Respect – For this fun and “Love Seek” you will need only index cards and loads of respect.  Fill in the number of cards that it will take to reach Valentine’s Day,  if you start this idea on tomorrow then you will need eleven index cards.  Write on each index card something you respect about your husband or love about your wife.  Hide one per day in a place your spouse is sure to find it.  They will be so excited they’ll be looking forward to the next one each day.  On day 14 the last index card should have a special surprise for your spouse that you can add to your other valentine plans.
  3. The Little Sweeties – If you have a couple of little sweethearts in your life a simple idea would be to make “Treatie For My Sweetie” Make rice krispy treats and cut-out hearts using a cookie cutter or if your creative shape them into hearts yourself before they set. ( You can even find instructions to make rice krispy treats on the back of the rice krispy cereal box). Place the rice krispy shaped hearts into cellophane wraps or small decorative bags and tie with string. Add a  handmade card stamped with love and a page of cute stickers for an even bigger treat!
  1. heartsFrame It – This is a beautiful gift to show your love and have it treasured forever.  All you need is artificial flower petals or  you can opt to use  varied size hearts cut from colored construction paper of your choice. Depending on the frame size locate pre-designed paper as your background or you can hand write the background on blank paper as a love letter if you want.  Next make an outline of the heart on top of the paper in the center whatever size you want making sure to leave adequate space for your background to show.  fill the heart with the petals or cut-outs (using glue) whichever you are using making sure to keep with the heart pattern.  Leave your signature in the lower right corner and the date, place it in a frame and you’ll have a lovely keepsake to share with the one you love.

These are some creative ideas just to get you going on this wonderful month of love and hopefully anytime throughout the year.

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How will you be spreading love on Valentine’s Day 2014? Come on, share some sweet ideas;=)

Loving Me For Me

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Twelve Essential Qualities of Masterful Listening

Okay, so recently I was having a conversation with my husband and it most certainly felt like we were speaking to totally different languages. Things were clearly being said but for some reason or another when the word left from the mouth and reached the ear things seemed to be mistranslated causing undue frustration to say the least. I’ve been praying a way to figure out how to handle such confusion and clear the line so to speak so that our conversation and message can get through clear and then we can experience fruitful dialogue and resolutions. So today it just so happen that I was going through Winifred Reilly’s post on her blog Speaking of marriage and came across a post called the Twelve Essential Qualities of Masterful Listening. I read it and BAM!! The flood lights came on. It was just the tools I needed to help me with the communication barrier I was facing. I consider myself a great listener but I can see by reading this article that it’s an art to it. So I’m going to take this wonderful article to heart and share it with my husband 😉 I thought it would be great to share with you all too. Enjoy and be sure to check out more of Winifred’s insightful post!

Speaking of Marriage

“Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention.” — Rachel Naomi Remen

For many of us, what someone says and what we hear may be wildly divergent.

“When can we talk?” can easily translate to “Uh, oh. I’m in the doghouse.”

“You look fine,” can become “he hates what I’m wearing.”Tin can phone

Clearly, listening is not simply about hearing the words someone says.

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Oh Honey Please!

I was speaking with an older lady about her doctors visit. She said that the doctor actually recommended that she began to use a great significant amount of honey. I thought that was interesting seeing that this wasn’t going to cause for her to take a prescription.  Now she actually does have to take prescribed medications for other things. We forget about the natural remedies that comes from the nature that God created in nature.

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I remember growing up and having stomach aches and colds and being given things by my grandmother that didn’t require going to the hospital. Now I’m not speaking against medicine. I’m simply saying that we should remember that there are natural solutions to some things just as God intended. Have you ever used any home remedy before? If you take a few moments to think about what you have in your kitchen cabinets and refrigerators, you could easily make a list of super healing foods that can become ready remedies for combating common ailments — headaches, cuts and bruises, burns, acne and pimples, heartburn, dizziness, nausea, constipation, dry skin, diarrhea, weight gain, sleeplessness,dullness, anxiety, indigestion, coughs, sore throat, and even athletes foot. These foods usually don’t burn a big hole in your pocket, neither do they taste too awful like some antibiotics. I remember hearing people say the worst the medicine taste that means its working. Not sure if that’s true.

DIY folk remedies that you can easily prepare and mix yourself at home are some of the most natural medicines! As more people become wary of the effects of chemically produced drugs and health products from the store, natural home remedies also become more popular. I know I personally am always concerned with side effects to any and every form of medication. Though these natural alternative medicines are never intended as a substitute for professional medical care, their powerful healing attributes have long been used thousands of years ago since biblical times and proven to safely cure diseases and correct health disorders for generations after generations.

Do It Yourself Honey (remedies)

1) Honeycomb Store Bought-chewing on a honeycomb can help calm a severe hay fever attack.

2)Add lemon juice some natural sweetener honey to a glass of hot water to help sooth a sore throat.

3) Take Store Bought Bee Pollen before the hay fever season, you will help to build a natural immunity.

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Honey Facial Mask Recipe for Dry, Flaky Skin

Ingredients:
1 raw egg
1 tablespoon honey

Directions:
Mix together egg and honey. Spread onto your face and neck and let sit for 15-20 minutes. Rinse well with tepid water.

Honey Facial Mask Recipe for Acne

Simply apply a scoop of honey to clean skin and let sit for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

To use honey as a spot treatment on pimples you picked at, put a drop of honey on your finger and gently pat it onto the infected area before bed. Cover overnight with a bandage. The honey will keep your skin and the oozing area sterile by fighting off bacteria. And as a bonus it will accelerate the healing process.

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