February 12, 2014

Love is...

1 John 4:18 says 'There is no fear In LOVE'

I have to say that is totally true!  When you love someone or something you have no fear of it!  As Valentine's approaches- may you Love without Fear!

Over the past 30 years or so the word Love has been tossed about as if it is a toy that can be used and then tossed away.  Around here we teach the word Love is a strong feeling, not something that is going to go away tomorrow.  We want our kids to understand the meaning of Love. I guess that is partly why we chose to allow them to join us on our celebration of 15 years of marriage!  Some of you are saying- 'What?'

 Yes- we took them with us to celebrate our Anniversary- at least for part of the night! Our kids are always so excited when we go through downtown San Antonio and watch for the blinking light of the elevator taking people to the deck of the Tower of the Americas! We decided it would be a treat for hubby and I as we have both been there- but never together- and the kids would love it too!  If you have never heard of this Tower it is unique in that the outer dining area is encased in glass and rotates a full turn in 60 minutes. We enjoyed it close to Christmas as we could see lights all throughout parts of San Antonio! 
If you are ever in the area and have something special to celebrate I highly recommend it!  The food is good and the view is amazing!  My company that night is what made it the best!!!

God has richly blessed us in our 15 years married.  Has it been roses every Valentine Day- absolutely not!  Valentine's always falls in the midst of my Cattleman's busiest time of year.....it took me some time, but I am slowly starting to get used to it. Besides, why do we need just one day to celebrate our love with all the hoopla from stores??  Back to my point- marriage isn't easy. When you are dating that feeling you get when you see them stirs emotions in you and over the years those emotions change based on our circumstances- but what keeps that going is deep Christ like Love.  Having Christ in our marriage has been the number one reason we are who we are!  Before we were married we took several marriage counseling classes- yes before we were married!  These helped us to learn a lot about each other, you know those questions you might not normally ask someone...thinking oh, we can just work that out when we get to it. (I do NOT suggest that method!)  One of those things was-'What is you opinion of divorce?' I sat there- how are you supposed to answer that to a preacher? The textbook answer or the heartfelt one?  My fiancee didn't pause long- his response, 'It's not an option' Oh my Gosh!  That totally goes against what America says- is this guy for real????  Yes, he is!  That has run through my head so many times over the years (not for myself) but for others close to us. When those first feelings and emotions ran out, they ran away...... I don't suggest that either.  When I was struggling with my role in our marriage we ran to a marriage conference- The best thing we could have done!!  ( I highly suggest that!) 

This is what we have for sticking with it- two wonderful kids with hearts for God. Learning how to Love one another. We all have ways of showing that Love. When we realize what those closest to us respond to best - you will have no fear in Loving them!  The 5 Love Languages is an awesome book that I highly recommend- it will give you insight to all the relationships around you. There is even one for kids!

This is what else we get for sticking with it- a relationship. One that God joined together- who are we to try and put it asunder?  No thank you- We enjoy our laughs with each other, our time together, learning about each other (still....we change you know!), and our time with our kids.  This is what makes us who we are.
For all of you that have encouraged and supported us in our relationship over the years- Thank You! 

This photo is so cool- If you spend all your relationship at the peak, you can't appreciate the view from down below.  If you spend all your relationship in the valley, you forget to look up. If you are always in the middle then you are not growing and changing.  I will take the peaks and valleys- it makes you appreciate the views from both sides!

Love is patient, Love is Kind, Love does not envy or boast, It is not rude or self seeking, It is not easily angered, It keeps no record of wrongs (a personal favorite of mine), Love does not delight in evil (great to explain to siblings...), Love rejoices in truth (great to teach kids), It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always endures, Love never Fails.  1 Corinthians 13:4-8

If you haven't heard of the book of 1 Corinthians just comment on this with your email- I' ll be glad to let you know where you can find it!

So as we come upon Valentine's I hope you delight in Love and have no fear of it. Whatever that may be in your life right now.  Some people have different things to celebrate their love for; their church, their job, their spouse, their parents, their kids, their friends, their things that matter.  The things that you truly feel as though if you lost them you could not live- That is when you know you Love something! 

Around here- we will be spending the day as a family, that is what matters to us!  WE give Thanks to God for his never ending Love!

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