Love discerns - 7

Love discerns - 7
Welcome to the seventh post in our Love Series; I write as a fellow student. I appreciate reader/new friend Mary's feedback and share our exchange in case anyone else had similar questions. Dear Mary, Thank you for your thoughtful questions to my last post "Love Commits to You." I won't be able to answer all of them but I wanted to address your main concern. I also appreciate your heart to know God more deeply, which is your response to God wooing you. In your email, you wrote: "Yet, even thoug... [More]

Love commits to you - 6

Love commits to you - 6
Welcome to the sixth post in our Love Series. "Mary" (a blog subscriber and new friend) wrote me an email and I promised to write a response. Because I thought her questions related to our love series, I asked her if I could use her words and my reply as part of a post. She graciously agreed. * * * * * * * * * Dear Mary, Thank you so much for your emails and for allowing me to use your words in this post. In response to the first post of our Love Series: Be Loved First, you wrote in an email: "... [More]

10 Things I leaned in July

10 Things I leaned in July
I accidentally deleted this post so when I recreated it, I lost all the comments. So sorry!Hey, we'll return to our Love Series after this Top 10 List. In no particular order: 1. Tim and Kathy Keller's conversation on the Psalms. Worth listening to twice! Kathy Keller: "...so often what we want is the gift of God's hand rather than the glory of God's face. And that's what sort of propelled me to say, "I want Your face. . . .That's the only way I can get through this [her health challenges], give... [More]

A Prayer of Love for You - 5

A Prayer of Love for You - 5
Welcome to the fifth post in our Love Series; I write as a fellow student. I sat at our kitchen table and read an e-mail newsletter by author/speaker John Eldredge; his words struck deep in my heart. If you also feel burdened by the violence around us, please read his words and pray with us for "the mighty love of God flow like a river over and through our lives." Eldredge observed Hatred is the "new spirit of the age" as confirmed by the daily news. (There is also still love, of course.) It is... [More]

Love Laments - 4

Love Laments - 4
“Our only hope is to march ourselves to the throne of God and in loud lament cry out the pain that lives in our souls.” —Ann Weems Photo by Flickr CC User: Nick KenrickI struggled to find words and prayers in response to recent events. Then I read Ruth Haley Barton and Rev. Prince River's prayers and their words resonated. "The prayer of lament is a place to begin as we seek to respond to the sin, the brokenness, and the complexity of our life together as human beings. It is ... [More]