I woke up today with love on my mind, and a burden to love in my heart. I guess you could say it’s been a while coming, but today even more-so.
“Teach me to love, Lord.” I said. “Teach me what it means to love and be loved.”
I thought of all of the people in my life: the good, the bad, the close and the distant… How each one deserves compassion and kindness, a smile, some grace.
I was reminded that hurt people hurt, and therefore to love those who hurt. For it’s only in loving them that I begin to understand them. And when I understand them–that’s when I love.
I thought about the days that are good and the ones that are seemingly bad. How the difficult days serve to teach and to strengthen my faith. I asked God to teach me to love and embrace each day as it comes, whatever may come.
I thought about the beauty of contentment. How some love the little they have, while others only hunger for more.
Teach me to love, Lord. Teach me the art of contentment.
I thought about the divisions and disagreements I’ve seen in the church, and with that I see a need to love all the more. For it’s in loving that we open our hearts to communication, to healing, and to unification.
I thought about the changing seasons. How I love the summer sunshine and despise the cold of winter. And I asked the Lord to teach me how to love. To embrace the beauty of freshly fallen snow, the warmth of hot chocolate on cold and windy nights, the joy of playing games around the table with our kids.
I thought about the beauty of my youth and the fear of growing old, and I asked the Lord to teach me how to love. Give me the courage to face the days ahead and to love the person I become. To cherish the wisdom that comes with growing old. To embrace the lines upon my face that a lifetime of smiles left behind, and to recognize the beauty emerging from within.
Teach me to love, Lord. Teach me to love.
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Give special attention to loving this week. Ask the Lord to teach you how to love.
And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. (1 John 4:16, KJV)
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Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness. Reshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.
Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.
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