February is the “love” month, right? (think Valentine’s Day), so I’m writing about Love. It’s a few days before February, when I’m writing this, because I, once again, woke up with these thoughts in my head, so I’m documenting them.
If you read any of my prior blog posts from the end of December 2016, you will see that I set goals and an action plan for 2017 so this is part of my following through on them, relying on intuition as guidance, along with daily prayer and becoming more involved in church.
It took awhile for me to commit to acting on getting involved (the weekend before the class started is when I signed up), another thing I’ve never done before: take an evening class at Church. But if I am going to stay true to my action plan this is where it starts for me.
The class I’m taking is called “Body Life” through The Crossing and it’s about relationships, community, and purpose, this also ties in well with my reflections over this past year of my life. I’m in the first week and the first week’s homework was reading and reflecting on a few passages from the Bible (both Old and New Testament) where the bible illustrates a “calling,” that time when a person recognizes the unique gift that God gave us before we were born (grace), and using or cultivating that gift to serve God’s purpose. Although I know I received bibles in the past, somewhere, probably packed away, I didn’t know where they are, or if I still have them honestly. So, I decided to buy a new one, and found a good one for me, because it has side notes (questions and answers) that further explain what was happening at the time, background information, or relating it back to today, and features a paragraph at the beginning of each book about why we would want to read a certain book (what to expect, what type of information we will see, etc.) which is helpful for beginners. If you’re curious about this Bible version, it’s an NIV (New International Version), called Quest (click for an Amazon link to purchase): a question and answer study Bible.
Getting back to the subject of love, while I was reading the passages for homework, one referenced passage was: 1 Corinthians; which happens to be the book with the script read frequently in weddings, many of us have heard it before, beginning: “Love is patient, love is kind…” (1 Corinthians 13: 4-8) and something clicked with me the next day after reading that, and I decided to summarize this passage with one word for each thought from this passage as a text overlay, adding it to a photo I took of my seasonal chalkboard message (the main photo). This photo now serves a quick reminder or checklist to go back to at any time: i.e. Are we showing love to others? Are we in a loving relationship? Many people question our relationships at different times, i.e. what’s the status, how we are treated, or how we are treating others, so this summary is a good basis to evaluate love in a relationship.
Relationships are important for all of us because they help us get through life’s ups and downs. Relationships aren’t always permanent either. Another favorite relationship quote of mine is about each relationship (person) having a purpose in our life:
People come into our lives for a reason, a season or a lifetime and the relationships that don’t last teach us something. Be grateful for the gift in every relationship!
If you want to read more from the Bible about marriage, being single and our ultimate purpose clarifying what status suits each of us, check out the book of 1 Corinthians. And if you want to read about purpose, check out the book of Ephesians.
FEBRUARY AND BEYOND
Valentine’s Day. We all have some relationship status: single, taken, married, divorced, or as I’ve seen a lot lately on Instagram: “building an empire” ha ha 🙂 but relationships still affect all of us and have impact. Remember, we can all do something or be someone who makes a difference; we aren’t in this world alone!
Have a Happy Love Month…and Beyond!
P.S. If you need ideas for your someone special, visit my Facebook page, February 1st post, for the ideas, complete with a website link to shop.