It's easy to say the words "I Love You!"
But to truly love takes more than words!
I Love YouMore songs have been written about love than about any other topic. It has inspired some of the world's best, and worst, poetry. It has set on fire, and broken, countless hearts throughout human history. Many things are said about love. Yet for the final word on the topic, we must turn to the Bible.
In 1 Cor. 13, the apostle Paul, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, provides the world's most beautiful ode to love.
Paul chose a relatively rare Greek word for his definitive passage on love. This word, agape, describes a love that is based on the deliberate choice of the one who loves rather than the worthiness of the one who is loved. this kind of love goes against natural human inclination. It is a giving, selfless, expect-nothing-in-return kind of love. Paul's description of love is short but full of power.
Love suffers for a long time. Our modern "throw-away" society encourages us to get rid of people in our lives who are difficult to get along with, whether they are friends, family, or acquaintances. Yet this attitude runs in complete contrast to the love, described by Paul. True love puts up with people who would be easier to give up on.
Love Bears All Things
The godly love described in this chapter has nothing to do with evil, but has everything to do with what is right and true.
When we love, we may recognize problems and failures in people, but we do not lose faith in the possibilities of what people might become.
Love never gives up, knowing that God can change lives for the better.
Love accepts any hardship or rejection, and continues unabated to build up and encourage.
The love described by Paul in this "love chapter" means determining what is best for another person and then doing it.
This is the kind of love that God shows to us.
When we say "I Love You!" do we really mean it...
or is it just words?
Above them spread a stranger sky;
Around, the sterile plain;
The rock-bound coast rose frowning nigh;
Beyond, -- the wrathful main:
Chill remnants of a wintry snow
Still chok'd the encumbered soil,
Yet forth those Pilgrim Fathers go
To mark their future toil.
'Mid yonder vale their corn must rise
In Summer's ripening pride,
And there the church-spire woo the skies
Its sister-school beside.
Perchance 'mid England's velvet greet
Some tender thought repos'd
Though nought upon their stoic mien
Such soft regret disclos'd
When sudden from the forest wide
A red-browed chieftain came,
With towering form, and haughty stride,
And eye like kindling flame:
No wrath he breath'd, no conflict sought,
To no dark ambush drew,
But simply to the Old World brought
The welcome of the New.
That welcome was a blast and ban
Upon thy race unborn.
Was there no seer, thou fated Man!
Thy lavish Zeal to warn?
Thou in thy fearless faith didst hail
A weak, invading band,
But who shall heed thy children's wail
Swept from their native land?
Thou gav'st the riches of thy streams,
The lordship o'er thy waves,
The region of thine infant dreams
And of thy fathers' graves,
But who to you proud mansions piled
With wealth of earth and sea,
Poor outcast from thy forest wild,
Say, who shall welcome thee?
Lydia Huntley Sigourney 1791-1865)As the first and most popular woman poet of the early nineteenth century, Lydia Huntley Sigourney had, in her time, the single greatest influence on the craft of women poets and their image as artists.Sigourney was born Sept. 1, 1791 in Norwich, Connecticut. Although the daughter of a poor gardener--she knew genteel poverty as did many early nineteenth-century women poets--Sigourney received an education and introduction to poetry from the wife of her father's employer. Developing an early interest in history, she offered a traditional male curriculum at a Hartford women's school that she began in 1814 and ran for four years. Her first book, Moral Pieces, in Prose and Verse (1815), came out under her name; thereafter, she published anonymously at her husband's insistence until his banking and hardware business declined.Taking over the family finances, Sigourney began publishing in her own name again in 1833. Her 1834 Poems, cited by Emily Stipes Watts as her best collection, had many reprintings.While Sigourney fulfilled the stereotype of the profuse, amateurish woman writer, she also earned the stature of a serious artist. In 1849, her Illustrated Poems appeared in a series that included Longfellow and Bryant. Writing for a half century, Sigourney produced fifty-six volumes of poetry and prose and some two thousand articles that made her ubiquitous in the magazines of the day. She died on June 10, 1865 in Hartford, Connecticut, one of the most well-known writers in America.
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(P.S. this was originally posted last November...and I just re-cycled it!!!)
I WISH FOR YOU ALL A VERY BLESSED AND PEACEFUL THANKSGIVING WITH YOUR FAMILIES!!! MIMI
The onset of spring found them wondering if any of them would survive, but that's when a miracle of God's providence occurred. On a Friday in March, as the men gathered for military training, a cry went up: "Indian coming!" Everyone gathered around the young man.
Suddenly he boomed in near-perfect English, "Welcome!" His name was Samoset.
Shortly thereafter, Samoset introduced the Pilgrims to another Indian, Squanto, who was a godsend for the settlers.
Squanto taught them how to catch eels, plant corn in the Indian way, and survive in the wilderness by stalking deer, refining maple syrup, using herbs for medicine, and trading beaver pelts. Without him, Plymouth Colony might not have survived; and that's why, at the end of the growing season, the Pilgrims and Indians celebrated Thanksgiving.
The heavenly Father knows our needs before we ask; and at unexpected moments, He sends just the right person or provision to help us. That's why every day is Thanksgiving for Christians.
Just when I need Him, Jesus is near.... Ready to help me,. ready to cheer.(William Poole)
Turning pointby Dr. David Jeremiahimages courtesy of All Posters
Thank you, God,
for the beauty
around me everywhere,
The gentle rain
and glistening dew,
the sunshine and the air,
The joyous gift of feeling
the soul's soft, whispering voice
That speaks to me
from deep within
and makes my heart rejoice--
no words are great enough
to thank You for just living,
And that is why every day is a day for real thanksgiving.
It was discovered in early December, 2009 that my husband had a Macular Hole in his left eye.
The retinal specialist determined that he could repair it by performing a Vitrectomy.
So on December 16, 2009 My husband had Vitrectomy Surgery.
In this surgery the retinal specialist removes the vitreous gel to stop it from pulling on the retina. Then he inserts a mixture of Air and gas into the space once occupied by the vitreous.
This bubble of air and gas puts pressure on the edges of the macular hole, allowing it to heal.
While the bubble is in the eye, y0u must remain face down for 22-24 hours a day so that the bubble stays in the right place in the eye, sometimes for as long as two to three weeks!
We were able to obtain this special chair in order for him to live a reasonably normal life while remaining face down.
Although it can be very boring and obnoxious to stay this way for so long, this approach is absolutely necessary for you to achieve the best vision after surgery.
The gas bubble gradually goes away over time, and natural eye fluids take its place while the hole is healing.
After surgery for a macular hole using a gas bubble, you won't be able to travel by air for several months, because the gas can expand with pressure changes, causing eye damage.
He ate on this tray...I could sit on the floor and visit with him...
As you can see by the remote on his tray that he watched lots and lots of T.V. with the use of a two way reflective mirror (which if you look very closely you can see sitting on the tray)
At night (for sleeping) the top part of the head rest had a long section that slid between the mattress and box springs of the bed...and we slept sideways in the bed with his head hanging off and resting in the headrest with his arms resting on the tray...
After 10 days he was able to sit up...but at night he must sleep on his right side with his nose facing the bed...
Today is January 12, 2010, the gas bubble is 60 % dissipated...he can see well over the top of the bubble... but the portion of sight through the bubble looks like he is looking through a fish tank...
The doctor assures us that the gas bubble will eventually be completely dissipated and he will have complete vision...
It is amazing what can be done through medicine and surgery now...
progress is wonderful...
It doesn't need to be passed on, even it it's true.
Remember, the next rumor could be about you.
If you listen to ridicule and scoop,
you'll become part of the vicious loop.
Keep confidential the things you were told,
those things you've promised to withhold.
Move away from those who point fingers and talk.
Don't jeopardize your Christian walk.
If you slip up along the way,
pray to God for control in what you say.
With his mouth the godless destroys his neighbor, but through knowledge the righteous escape (Proverbs 11:9)
Sometimes we encounter someone who always has some "news" to share. This sort of person seems to thrive on knowing it all. They may simply be misguided, thinking that they are doing a favor by sharing confidential information. Or they may have malice in their heart.
As a Christian, how should we respond? First, we should be honest and say we areuncomfortable with this sort of conversation. If the person is a Christian, remind him gently of God's dislike of gossiping. He may not even realize that what he is doing is gossiping.
Nobody is perfect, but if the person refuses to change his conversations with us, we may need to evaluate if this is a person with whom we should associate. If we feel God does want us in this person's life, then we can help him control his tongue instead of letting it flap like a thirsty dog's. Let him know when he has used harsh and condemning words. Ask him how he would feel if someone was sharing his personal information. When talking with him, point out the positive in situations and in people. Don't be shy; tell him that you think he was wrong to say what he said.
The goal is to get him to realize how gossip affects his relationship with others. In the long run, though, we can't change others--only Christ can do that. We are each responsible before God for our own behavior, and we must be careful to keep ourselves free from gossip's chains.
We should use the great power of our minds and mouths to build others up instead of cutting them down. Think about what you are about to say before you speak. Use the blessing of speech that God gave to give blessings to others.
Heavenly Father, I thank You for giving me the ability to speak and I pray that You will help me to use my gift for You. Be with me, Lord, as I try to use my words to comfort and encourage. Help me to make a difference in someone's life. Amen