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Love is a verb, not a day.

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Love is a verb, not a day.

In the earlier years of our marriage, Valentine’s Day (aka Love Day) loomed in the horizon when the calendar flipped from January to February. We waited for the day clunking aimlessly around with our unspoken and residual unmet expectations. For years, we bought into the commercialization of the day. The 15th of February came with sadness, disappointment and hurt. Our “Love Day” wasn’t always a flop but I must say that chocolate was sometimes one of the few things that turned out right. Can you relate?

My husband and I have been married for nearly three decades. Over these years, we’ve learned a thing or two from the truest form of dumb luck, some things from wise counsel and even more from the school of hard knocks. Throughout the years and tears, one thing we have learned is that love is a verb, not a day.

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When Does Healing Begin?

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When Does Healing Begin?

This post originally published on TheCourage.com.

“Jesus come and break my fear
Awake my heart and take my tears
Find Your glory even here
When the hurt and the healer collide.”

(The Hurt and the Healer, MercyMe)

There is so much brokenness in our world today that is hard for our hearts to digest. Devastating storms, mass shootings, the sex-trafficking epidemic, sudden loss of loved ones, life-altering illnesses, marriage betrayal, prodigal children, … the list is long.

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Community is Crucial for Surviving Motherhood

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Community is Crucial for Surviving Motherhood

Previously shared on TheCourage.com.

My children have grown and have flown but today I’m pausing to reminisce a little. Okay, truthfully, I reminisce a lot these days, but today I’m choosing to share my reflections with you.

I look back through the combined 68 years of being a mom to our three kids and think of all of the people who have helped and loved on us along the way. There are many!

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Be the Friend You Want to Have

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Be the Friend You Want to Have

I am honored to share my thoughts as a regular contributor to TheCourage.com. I hope you’ll read the rest of this post over there and check out so many other great words of encouragement by a variety of great writers. It’s the internet’s new “happy place”.

 

Be the Friend You Want to Have

Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Romans 12:10 NIV

I’ve gotten it backward for many years. I’m just shy of 50 years old and I think God has finally gotten through to helping me understand how this whole friendship thing works.

I need to be the friend I want to have.

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