Love is patient Love is kind It does not envy It does not boast It is not proud It does not dishonor others It is not self-seeking It is not easily angered It keeps no record of wrongs Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth It always protects always trusts always hopes always perseveres Love never fails.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NIV)
So as we are...
learning to love
perfecting our love
celebrating our love
here are the top 10 ways in which we honor our love...
10. By Remembering- the Good, the Bad, and the In-Between
because love is about more than just feeling the "warm and fuzzies"
Love is about...
ordinary to extraordinary
moments that we share together
And we know that it is true love when we are able to honor it all!
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Color*full Creations creating a life full of color
8. By Being At Our Best
because in order to give our best
we must be our best
and imagine my surprise when greeted by the smell
of the "buttery, brown-sugary goodness"
of my hubby's homemade chocolate chip cookies!
7. By Seeing the Best in Others
When you live at your best you unconsciously give others permission to do the same
I share a candle illustration with my children
in which we place a lid on a burning candle
to witness how quickly that action extinguishes the flame
On those days when my children can't seem to stop bickering
I remind them to "put the lid on the candle"
because they understand that
in order to keep a fire burning
you must supply it with oxygen
instead of giving air to a bunch of drama
we try to remember that
in order to get grace
we must give it
by learning to see the best in each other
6. By Singing Together, Laughing Together
Ever notice how it is almost impossible to enjoy good music and stay angry simultaneously? That's because music lifts, encourages, unites, connects.
Want to celebrate love? Light some candles and put on a favorite CD, attend a free concert or musical, or go to Karaoke night at the mall or local restaurant
'cause chances are if you sing together...
at some point you will also laugh together!
5. By Spending Time Together
Whether its during...
family game night screen-free Saturday
or church on Sunday
spending quality time together is an
way to celebrate love!
4. By Saying It
He walked into our class one day
and handed his wife a birthday card during homeroom
(she was a High School teacher, he was a school administrator)
Then later that day, when I had her again for English class guess who came walking back through the door?
She smiled and informed us that he had hand delivered a card during each class period that day
leaving an indelible impression on our young minds
and proving that when you love someone you should
in as many ways as possible!
3. By Showing It
What better way to celebrate your love than by doing something nice for someone?
cook a special meal
cut the neighbor's grass
fill your wife's gas tank
because showing your love doesn't have to be expensive or extravagant at all (in fact it is even more impactful when you use what you already have)
like Crystal Underwood at Growing a Jeweled Rose
who has an amazing way of using
ordinary bath time to create extraordinary experiences for her children...
memories they will likely never forget!
2. By Giving It
Give with intention
Give what you have Give from your heart When I saw these Scripture Valentines by Kim at notconsumed.com I knew this would be the perfect gift to give to our adopted Sunday School Class
because in order to celebrate love... you have to first GIVE it!
1. By Living It
And finally, nothing celebrates love better than our lives the way we speak... the way we behave... the way we treat one another each day... Our number one way to represent God's love for us and through us is by living it!
Are you ready to love?
(revised post... click here to follow the original series)