Love is…

What an open ended statement. Love is many things to many people. I have been away from my computer for a few days as I have been busy with one of my loves…gardening. We have finally been blessed with spring weather, temps anywhere form low 60’s to mid 70’s. Awesome. And this is what I did. You can buy the plants and put them in hangers or buy plants already in  hangers. I did some of both. Plus added some to the ground. But in reality, I am just getting started.

I was trying to get it all done before the rain started last night. Thank goodness I didn’t as what we call where I come from, Blackberry winter, has come upon us. Good grief, wasn’t the real winter long enough. Apparently not. Therefore…the hangers are now decorating my living room as temps are expected to drop below 30 with an inch of that dreaded white stuff. Sorry guys that are already in the ground, hang on.

So since there was no loving to do outside I sat down with another love and read. I finished the next to the last book of a 14 book series by Jan Karon called the Mitford Series. It is a wonderful series set in the North Carolina mountains about everyday life, its tragedy’s and triumph’s. Since I am from the south, I was very familiar with the areas she she spoke of and how very true the conditions she wrote starting in the early 2000’s are even today. I strongly suggest reading this series. You will laugh at the absurdity of its richness and cry with the truth of the pain.

Reading this series really brought home to me God’s love for us as people, human beings and how we as humans are just so…lost sometimes. It is astounding how we as a creation of love can cast off another human or animal as discarded trash or a conquest as we strive to what we believe is a higher purpose leaving destruction in our path. I looked through my study bible to see how many time the word love was used – didn’t want to count them as it was a full page and a half. Scripture tells us to love our neighbor as we love our self. Do we not love our self? And who exactly is our neighbor. My opinion is we are all neighbors, all brothers and sisters, all family. Do I fail at loving my neighbor …daily.  But if we as humans who can reason with some form of clarity about how we are supposed to be, we should be getting closer to our created purpose, yet at times we are in far left field.

So as I write my blog, I always try to remind all of us about the beauty of life that has been handed to us. Yes our circumstances may be in the bottom of the barrel but we can always CHOSE to have joy. There is a vast difference between joy and happiness. Happiness is a feeling we get due to circumstances around but joy is having inner peace. This peace comes from Christ. Jesus says “My peace I give you.” Its a peace beyond all understanding to our human minds but it is a free gift. A gift we often do not use.

As you go through your week next week, remember the inner joy and let the light of it shine through you to others around you so that to may enjoy the light and the joy it brings and always be kind.

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12 thoughts on “Love is…

  1. What a great insight – we sometimes don’t love our neighbors because we don’t love ourselves. So simple, but true! Your gardening photos have me itching to get outside at home and start getting my flower beds ready and putting some plants in. We are visiting my grandson in Colorado but will be home later this week.

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  2. I love this blog; so much goodness! I’ve read the Mitford series and it’s one of my favorites. Sorry for the snow, y’all need the spring to come and stay for awhile! Beautiful plants! I’ve always loved them but don’t have the green thumb or desire to do gardening, but sure admire people who do.

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      1. It is very sad how easily meanness happens and I’m not without guilt. Sometimes when I see bad behavior I have to talk myself out of retorting in a sassy or sarcastic way, because what good does it do? Nothing. The Mitford series is truly a book series that reminds us to bring out our kindness!

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  3. Beautiful post! Circumstances change but we can choose how we deal with it. Happiness is fleeting but joy is steadfast. Joy that God gives is the real deal! Thank you for the reminder of loving one another and being kind to one another.
    Hope you get to return to gardening this weekend!

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