Love Is…

“Happy Valentine’s Day!”

Although this isn’t a super-celebrated holiday in my family, I still heard this phrase mixed in with our conversations this morning.  The kids will exchange Valentines with their friends and I do plan on making a special dessert for our dinner tonight, but, all in all, we keep this day pretty low-key.  From the buzz in the blog world this week, it seems we are not alone in this.

I, of course, believe love is amazing.  Love is “shout it from the roof top” awesome.  But an important lesson we try hard to instill in our children, is….

Love isn’t romantic dinners and poetic cards.

Love isn’t flowers and candy.

Love isn’t expensive jewelry.

Love isn’t merely saying “I love you.”

Anyone can give a gift, it doesn’t define who loves us, but it is something loved ones can do.

We try to show them that all of these things are fun, and it’s ok to enjoy them, as long as they know……

Love isn’t tangible.

Love lives in our hearts.

Love is a gift from God.  His love makes us complete.  This is why we must love.  (1 John 4:7-12)

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)

I write this post, not to cast a gray cloud over the day, but to be that little reminder we all need some times.

Love is more than words and things.

Love is those little things you do everyday.

Some times love is all captured in a look.  Completely unspoken, just felt.

Felt with every bit of your being.

While you celebrate with your Valentine today, take a moment to really feel the love, because love is truly the best gift of all.

For more on love, in scripture, check out these verses:

  • John 3:16
  • 1 John 3:1
  • 1 John 3:16
  • 1 John 4:7-12
  • John 15:13
  • Romans 5:8
  • Romans 8:37
  • Ephesians 3:18-20
  • Ephesians 5:1

Do you have a favorite love verse or saying?  If you have a blog post about love or Valentine’s Day, feel free to post a link in the comments!

Thanks for stopping by! ~Kim~

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Who I Am: November Edition

Happy fall everyone!  I live in the midwest and the leaves have changed, are falling, and making a colorful carpet on the ground.  I hope you are all doing well!

I had planned on making this my December topic, but due to recent events I have decided to do it now.  I had originally picked December because it is the month the birth of my Savior is celebrated, and it just seemed fitting.  By now, I’m sure most of you figured out, that I am a Christian!  First I want to talk a little about that, then I move on to why I moved the topic up to November.

I was raised Catholic, sort of.  I went to a Catholic school from first through eighth grade.  I learned the “rules” and attended church with my class.  On occasion I attended church with my mom.

I believed, but my faith wasn’t very strong.  I prayed, but rarely.  I was lost, so to speak.

I actually didn’t start attending church on a regular basis until I was about 17 or 18.  I have my husband (then boyfriend) to thank for that.  I grew a little in my faith, but still wasn’t there.  It planted the seed.

As time passed, I was married, children came.  I knew I was blessed.  I prayed more often.  I knew there was something more to this life.  I knew I needed to be closer to God.

For me, spiritual growth didn’t come from going to church.  For some, this works, but I didn’t find Him just by walking into a specific building once a week.

It wasn’t something others could do for me.

My faith grew when I decided to let God in my heart.  When I opened my eyes to all He has done and continues to do in my life.

I began reading the Bible regularly, studying is more like it.  I am lucky to have my husband, among other faithful people in my life, that I can talk with and learn from.

When I love God, I find life is so amazing.  I find it easier to find the good and appreciate things more.  I find new meaning in attending church, wherever it may be.

It also inspires me to share that love.  And so, part two of my post…..

I was blessed enough to have the opportunity to share that love, by assisting in teaching children at church.  Let me just say, children are amazing!  They are so eager and open to the Lord, when given the chance.

Recently, though there have been some recent changes in our life that makes it hard to continue to teach at church.  The biggest, is our church closed. We found a new one, but it’s further from home.  Plus, our youngest is struggling a bit with adjusting to school (he started kindergarten).

It was a bittersweet decision.

The bitter?  I will miss all the kids and fellow teachers.  They are truly the most wonderful group of people! We had loads of fun.  I will miss working with them all!

The sweet?  More quality time with my kids!

This week was our first home lesson.  We always tried to teach the kids about faith, God, praying, etc., but it was done (and will continue to be done) randomly, as situations arise.  Now I have set aside a day a week for Bible study.  My struggle will be the age differences of my kids and making the lesson relevant (and exciting!) to all.  I believe we are off to a good start.  This week we studied a little in the Gospel of Luke and began faith journals.

I’ve found some great online resources, like Bible Study Planet, Calvary Cirriculum, and Ministry-t0-Children.

The best part, though?  Wednesday evening, after study time, we all gathered around the table to pray before supper.  Each person takes a turn saying something they are thankful for, and my little 5-year-old W, says “learning in the Bible with Mom.” ❤

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Here are the links to past Who I Am posts:

Who I Am: February

Who I Am: March

Who I Am: April

Who I Am: May

Who I Am: June

Who I Am: July

Who I Am: August

Who I Am: September

Who I Am:  October

Only one more month to go, if you have anything you’d like to learn about me, leave a comment!

~Thanks for dropping by~

 

“These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” Deuteronomy 6:6-7

 

 

Secret Nerd

My readers may not know this about me, but I’m secretly a nerd. Well I guess not secretly any more, but it’s a trait my husband and I share, although in different ways. I’m more of a traditional video game, super hero, movie kind of nerd. My husband is more of a history, remember everything you read kind of nerd. Since we’ve been married, we have influenced each other’s nerdiness, and now it’s also being shared with our kids.

My boys are often called a Padawan (a Jedi in training for you non-nerds). We own everything Star Wars, toys, books, movies, posters….. Needless to say, we are eagerly awaiting the release of the new Star Wars movies!

We’ve been known to argue over what super hero is faster. Right now the Flash is winning, with Superman a close second (faster than a speeding bullet and all), feel free to weigh in! We’ve also had to discuss whether or not Wonder Woman is good or bad. Strangely enough, my kids have not read a comic book, which is a can of worms probably better left unopened.

My youngest son can hum the entire theme song from
Indiana Jones, as well as Star Wars, and the original Batman series.

Our Saturday evenings usually involve watching the original Batman series and telling the kids “no you cannot stay up to watch Star Trek tonight.”

Luckily, my husband and I both enjoy reading. Different books, but the love is still there. What better example to give our kids? I read once that the best way to have children that love to read, is to be a parent that loves to read. Well, you could imagine my excitement when I came across an article on http://www.wired.com, entitled “67 Books Every Geek Should Read to Their Kids Before Age 10.” I was ecstatic! I especially love how many we actually own and/or my kids have already read. But there are 67, and some are series of books, so there are still plenty more to read.

Even if you’re not a nerd like me, I HIGHLY recommend you check out this list. There are many childhood classics, as well as some you may not have thought of for children. I think reading all of them would be so fun!

I’m particularly partial to the Shel Silverstein books. I have the whole series and love the humor!

Are there any of your favorites on the list? Are there any books that you think are missing? Please share!!

Until the next time, “Live long and prosper.” (Yes I did the hand thing!)