Love

I read this post the other day.

“Love is so much more than some random, euphoric feeling. And real love isn’t always fluffy, cute, and cuddly. More often than not, real love has its sleeves rolled up, dirt and grime smeared on its arms, and sweat dripping down its forehead. Real love asks us to do hard things–to forgive one another, to support each other’s dreams, to comfort in times of grief, or to care for family. Real love isn’t easy”

“No one falls in love by choice, it is by chance. No one stays in love by chance, it is by work. And no one falls out of love by chance, it is by choice.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/seth-adam-smith/real-love-is-a-choice_b_6039412.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000037&ir=Parents

Introductions

“What if instead of introducing your friend as Jennifer the nurse, you started introducing her as Jennifer, one of most thoughtful people you know, or Jennifer the friend who helped you move in when you didn’t know a soul in this city.

Introducing your friends for who they are rather than focusing on what they do will remind them they are loved before and beyond their titles. It’s an easy way to remind them that you see them for their hearts instead of their accomplishments.”

http://storylineblog.com/2014/08/12/a-better-way-to-introduce-your-friends-at-parties/

Suffering

“Suffering is not the absence of goodness, it is not the absence of beauty, but perhaps it can be the place where true beauty can be known”

Taken from this blog: http://www.aholyexperience.com/2014/10/dear-brittany-why-we-dont-have-to-be-so-afraid-of-dying-suffering-that-we-choose-suicide/

Suffering produces perseverance, perseverance character, character hope, and hope does not disappoint us ~Romans 5:3-4

Right Thinking

Excerpt from a talk by Francis Chan and his wife:

“Right thinking is so important, scriptural thinking is so important…the more inward you focus, the more miserable you will become…if all you can think of is your constant disappointments and frustrations…you are going to be so miserable, because focusing on yourself is nowhere in [the Bible], nowhere. It says die to yourself. You are dead. You now have life in Christ…”

Christ Centered Relationships part 1

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihRmM0aVADU)