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Forgetful Love

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I can remember being in my classroom teaching kindergarten and one of my students were misbehaving. I continued to correct them and give them a warning  of what my next discipline action would be. They continued  to misbehave. This particular student loved to help me during story time so i decided that I would get another student to help me. My misbehaving student was so upset and hurt. They kept say, “I promise I be good.” For the remainder of the day my student was so hurt and upset that he just sat with his head down until it was time to go home.

I couldn’t help but think about my little student when I went home. I thought about how  awesome my student normally behaves. I thought about how my student typically is my best student. I thought about tomorrow and how I hoped I didn’t have to give his mom another bad report or have to use someone else during story time. I didn’t want to have to take away the things he enjoyed or watch him have a bad mood for so long. When he worked in class he was so creative and funny and he sought my approval of everything he did hoping I would like it as much as he did.

The next day while I was waiting for to receive my students he came running through the doors as usual and ran straight to me and hugged me. He continued the day as he use to. I couldn’t help but wonder if he was going to have a bad day or not. I also couldn’t believe that it was almost as if he couldn’t remember yesterday. He was no longer mad or upset. He continued to be the loveable, creative, fun kid he had always been. I couldn’t help but forget how horrible his bad day was and love him for that new day!

I remember someone saying that in order for them to love me they had to have a forgetful memory. I remember wondering what that meant when  they initially said it until they continued to explain. “If I look at you through your mistakes it will make it hard for me to love you. I have to forget…..to continue to love you.” 1Cor.. 13:5 “‘love keeps no record of wrong.” Some of us keep wrap sheets of others wrongs and we remember the mistakes and it hinders us from moving forward. I am guilty of this at times because i seek to protect my feelings or have a handle on the future. But love is forgetful and it keeps no record of your wrongs and mistakes. Meaning, things you no longer do your imperfect ways of being. Hebrews 8:12 “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.” God is so merciful that when we repent and are genuinely remorseful in our mistakes and we want to change and do better….He doesnt hold our mistakes against us.  Now dont misunderstand, there are some things and situations that vary as it pertains to your well-being. But for the most part we can try not to keep a record of wrong that prevents us from loving with the love of God.

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Focus: keeping no record of others wrongs-it causes us to withhold the love of God.

Prayer: Lord thank you for another day that you have allowed us to make it to. Thank you for your forgiveness. Thank you for reminding us in your word that as far as the east is from the west…thats where are sins are when we confess, repent and turn away from them. Thank you for not holding our past or the flaws that we have against us. Than you for not withholding your love. God help us to love with your love. Help us to forgive one another with your heart. help us to forget the wrongs that others have done to us so that when we pray for them, see them or think of them our hearts are pure. In Jesus Name Amen.

Say It!-I love You

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Often time we assume that the people who are close to us should automatically know how we feel about them. Often men are categorized as not being good at expressing themselves as if connects to their feelings. Some of most amazing people and me I know don’t have a problem with that at all. Saying I love you when it’s least expected can calm so many things in a persons life. Saying I love you when the person is acting in such a way, that it seems something else should be said-this too can make a difference.

The power of love is evident when we look at how it changed our lives, once we were introduced to the love of God. Even thoes who are good at showing their love still should aim to use the words. Today people are so wrapped in thinking that they need to be in a relationship to feel loved. I decided to make love cards and scrolls for the people I knew who wasn’t in a relationship. I wanted to remind them that they’re loved and someone is thinking about them today. That type of consideration for another person comes from God. And because He loves them so much he placed them on someone else’s heart- to say I love you.

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Prayer: God I thank you for another day that you have allowed us to see, we know that some didn’t make it but you allowed us to. We thank you. Lord thank you for your love and forgiveness. Thank you for loving us even in our unlovable times. Thank you for showing us through the sacrifice of your only son. God I come to you right now in the name of Jesus, asking that you mend the broken hearted today. God I ask that the lonely is visited, the hurting is compforted, the mistreated is appreciated, the depressed is lifted. Touch us and help us to touch someone else through your love. God we thank you that when relationships fade,friends and family let us down, kids dissapoint, choloates are gone and others expressions of love deminishes- your love is there. Whenever we need to hear we are loved we can hear you say, Beloved( just be loved of God)!

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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.

 

 

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