Fearless Love

To love deeply gives you strength.
To be loved deeply gives you courage.

One of the most amazing things about receiving God’s love (and I mean really receiving it- taking it in, letting it sink into your soul, walking in the truth of it, living loved) is that it gives you courage.

Courage to step out of your comfort zone.

Courage to change the way you talk to yourself and to others.

Courage to not give in to old habits, coping mechanisms or escape tactics.

Courage to face your feelings and your issues.

Deal with them honestly and work them through because you are loved– completely, unconditionally and fearlessly by God. When you grasp this, even just a bit of it- you will begin to love others fearlessly and let go of fear yourself.

“My dear children, let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love. This is the only way we’ll know we’re living truly, living in God’s reality. It’s also the way to shut down debilitating self-criticism, even when there is something to it. For God is greater than our worried hearts and knows more about us than we do ourselves.”

1 John 3:18-20 MSG

When anxiety is stealing your joy, you can bet it is also stealing your ability to love fearlessly as well. Put your worries in God’s capable hands and get busy loving the people He has placed in your life.

Have a wonderful fearless- loving day, my friend!

Talking to Myself

I am going to laundry today. It is not my gift.
I don’t want to do the laundry but if I don’t my boys will not have socks tomorrow (why are there never enough socks?)

My strongest gift is words. That being said, talking about the laundry doesn’t get it done. Talking to the laundry doesn’t get it done either. 
But talking to myself might, if the words are right. 

If I remind myself that doing the laundry for my family makes them feel loved (even more than my words do). If I remind myself how less stressful the mornings are without shouts of “Mom, I can’t find my socks”or without my replies of “Strewn all over the house where you left them”, and  “We have hampers in your room FOR A REASON”. If I remind myself how much I enjoy the laundry being done, then it might get done.

If I remind myself that while doing the laundry is not in my gift set, it is a gift that I give my family. It is a gift of service and a little bit of sacrifice because I don’t like doing it. But I like them. I love them. I want to take care of them and I want them the know it. They say actions speak louder than words because it is true but if I don’t get my inner monologue on board with that truth, the actions might never happen. Or worse, it might get done but I’ll be in “angry mom syndrome” and no one benefits from that.

Life is full of things that are not in your God given gift set but that doesn’t mean that they don’t have to get done. The key is to take the biggest and best gift God has given you, Himself, and ask for some help. He is good at helping. 

He is also good at showing you how to use the gifts He has given you. He gave them to you for a purpose. He would like you to use them.

For me, that purpose has been to talk my attitude around from begrudgingly overwhelmed to thankful I get to do it. Wow, God is good. 

“God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.”
‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭4:10‬ ‭NLT‬‬

May you be radiantly lit up with love of Jesus today and let that love spill over to all who come near. Especially if it involves dirty socks.