Monday, April 27, 2015

Love that will Never be Lost



Love can seem so evasive.  We look for it.  We think we find it, but then, just as suddenly as we found it, the feeling is gone.  Maybe that's because love is an emotion.  It's not visible to our human eyes.  We can't taste it.  Smell it.  Hear it.  Love is intangible.  In order to experience love at all we have to rely of the actions of other people.

I've been in love before and I've thought I've experienced the complete depth of love. I've cried because love felt so good.  But I've also cried because love heart so, so deeply.  In those moments of joy and pain, I truly believed that love was both the greatest and worst thing that had ever happened to me.

Before long those feelings went away and I began my search for love again.  Always searching.  Always hoping.  Always looking.  And always experiencing this deep seeded fear that love would never come to me again.

It felt, and sometimes still does, like love was over for me.  I had lost it and it would never be found again.

But there is one person's love that will never be lost.  We can't earn His love.  He just loves.  That's who He is.  God is love.  But understanding that--that there's nothing I can do that will gain God's love and there's nothing I can do that will remove His love--is so overwhelming.  Unfathomable really.

In 1 Corinthians 13, Paul describes what it will be like to see, to truly feel, God's love for the first time.  He writes, "Love never ends...but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away." (1 Corinthians 13: 8-10, NLT)

Obviously, there's no way to know for sure, but I can only imagine what it will be like to experience true love...God's never ending, never failing love.  Right now, I only experience love--this feeling--through the filter of my humanity.  Deeply flawed, I know that my "vision" of what true love looks like and feels like is wrong.  But one day, maybe soon, I will understand fully His powerful love.

And maybe it will feel a little like this...







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Monday, April 20, 2015

Creative Table Top Ideas with Mary & Martha

If you're a reader of All My Love for All My Days you know that we are have partnered up with Mary & Martha as an independent consultant.  Mary & Martha is a direct sales company that helps you bring life into your home.  It's products help you create the home that you want full of beauty, life, and community.


Well, through the end of April, Mary & Martha is having a sale on all their disposable/reusable napkins and placemats.  These really are the most innovative items I think I've ever seen.  They can be washed and reused several times or just throw them away and start over.  Plus, they are so versatile.  Use them at a party or just for everyday dinners.  However you use them, they will liven up any table top.


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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Short & Sweet


Every week, usually on Wednesday, I post an inspirational picture or quote that I found floating around the internet. It's just something short & something sweet.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Beautiful Blooms


"And do not let us grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up."
Galatians 6:9


If you follow me on Instagram you know that every year I anxiously await the return of peony season.  Their blooming season is so short but so glorious.  Almost as soon as they enter the market I'll be there, bag in hand, to collect a dozen or more.

I rush home to fill little vases all over my room and office with the blooms.  Over the next few days I watch them explode into fireworks of color and scent.

I believe my fascination with these flowers started many years ago as I thumbed through the pages of Martha Stewart Living.  The magazine would be full of pictures from her gardens and her parties. They were beautiful.  And I wanted to be just like Martha.  Naturally, only peonies would do.


My neighbor has a peony bush right in his front yard.  He planted for his wife before she passed away.  As Mother's day and the last days of spring approach I watch that plant.  Every year he prunes it's branches back to nothing.  Slowly, day by day, green branches and stocks begin to appear.  It seems like every night a new set of leaves is added and every morning they reach up to the sky longing for it's warm rays to nourish it's growth.

It only takes about two weeks for this bush to grow from nothing.  The next step in the blooming process seems to be the longest.  The bush that grew from nothing in two weeks suddenly reduces it's growing speed.  Storing all the energy this small plant can, it begins, internally, to create blooms.  Invisible to the eye, the blooms begin to grow.  They begin to suck their life from the long woody stocks.  But this growth...it can't be seen or felt or watched.

For weeks, I walk past that bush hoping against all hope to see a single bud, one flower, force itself forward and into bloom.  That's what I hope for...just one look.  But I also know peonies won't bloom--at least not in Tulsa, Oklahoma--for several more weeks.

And then, just when I'm about to give up hope that they will bloom, I see a single white peony burst open.  And then two, three, four.  So many more that I could count.  So many more than I thought possible.

Isn't life like that sometimes? 

It seems like you've seen so much of our hard work pay off...that our dreams are about to come true...and then the waiting starts.  You thought the waiting was over, but it's really just beginning.

In moments of waiting it's far too easy to give up or give in or just move on.  I've felt that way far too many times.

Encourage yourself.  Don't give up.  Know that the waiting will end.  

And when the waiting ends, you'll find all of that dreaming and all of that hard work has rewarded you with beautiful blooms.




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