Thursday, June 7, 2012

Inside Out Kind of Love

Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.

I came to a "deep" realization yesterday...God loves me from the inside out! How is that for profound? I have been reading a lot about LOVE, love between husband and wife, love for your kids, love for yourself, love of country and of course, love for God. It struck me yesterday that God loves me from the inside out. What I mean is that He loves me despite what is inside of me, tucked away, for no one else to know but me. That is the kind of love that overlooks all faults and shortcomings and encourages you to continue on in, walking with Him and living for Him everyday. He works on the inside and His love shines to the outside of me. He isn't afraid to get in the darkest places of my life and love me.

I am crazy about that kind of LOVE! Inside out Love, loving someone past all their yuck and encouraging them to become all that God has created them to be. Getting a glimpse of who God is growing them to be, by loving their inside. I want to love with this kind of love, my husband, my kids, my family and friends, and myself. Lord, help me care for others the way you care for me, and to see them as you see me. I want to love with an inside out kind of love.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Back to Writing

I have been gone from the blogging world for awhile and thought it was time to start writing again. Life has passed quickly these first 6 months of 2012 and now we are getting ready to finish up our 11th year of homeschooling. We now have rising 11th, 8th and 5th graders in our homeschool. Wow! The time is slipping by so quickly. At our homeschool association meeting last night we received our beautiful yearbook for the 2011-2012 school year. I get all misty eyed when I look through all of the pictures of families doing their family things and all of the activities homeschool kids find to do during the year. It gave me a new sense of urgency to make sure we are hitting all of those things I always wanted to do before our first student graduates from our homeschool. Wonder if he will mind making salt maps, picking apples, and going to the rodeo in the coming months. All kidding aside, it did encourage me to once again make the days count as I see them slipping by.  Back to writing and back to being more deliberate in living each day.