To Put Our Love Into Practice

How To Put Our Love Into Practice

The constant question...is my love enough? I am ready to put my heart first and work on personal growth to find ultimate happiness.

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Over the past several months I have spent a lot of time alone and a lot of time in deep thought about the future, the people around me and the happiness I want to be able to give and receive. For me, it all came back to my love and the love I have to offer. Honestly, it's so easy to have a lot of love but truthfully it isn't simple to show the depths of what you have to give. The constant question...is my love enough?

It's all about the practice and the growth. They always say that the best athletes and the best musicians and the best scholastically always are on top because of the practice and dedication they put into their work. Why don't we do that with our love? I'm not even talking about love for another person or a significant other. Why don't we practice each day self-love? Why do we stop loving after church on Sunday and wait until the next Sunday to love again? Heard of unstoppable faith? It's a faith that can't be broken, a faith that has strength and independence and freedom to be taught and worked on every day.

I truly believe that less is more in all aspects of life. Regarding love, beauty, faith, friends, attitude, and I am sure you can think of many more. Having a tight group of friends is better than 100 acquaintances. Having a personal faith that is deep and everlasting is better than having a broad idea of what your faith should look like. Seeing yourself for who you really are is better than masking it with something you think you should be - that one can be especially hard to achieve in today's world. With all the opportunities to reflect on what others are doing every minute of the day, it can be hard to stay strong in your own self-worth and belief.

To grow as a person and to continue the steps to growing your love each day starts with attitude. Sadly, it's so easy to see the negatives in each day and to fall asleep with complaints about the day we had, things we didn't get done and small moments that upset us. It is a challenge to think about the graces you were given and to be thankful for the beautiful gifts you were given that day. A good friend of mine gave me the idea to write down 5 things that made me smile that day before I went to bed, that is a way to practice love and to grow your happiness towards this gift of a life we are living in.

Speak and think simply. Take time to decrease destructive and distracting words that put unobtainable ideas in your head. Put less stress on the future and work towards a day that is full of strength and love.

Put your faith first. I have found when I lead with my faith the love I have to give is rich and full of life. I understand that I am supposed to have grace-filled generosity. There is a difference between selective generosity and grace-filled generosity. Grace-filled means to be generous in every situation and do not care whether you want to be kind and compassionate or not, you just know its always the right thing to do. It's important to have compassion in your devotion and to work each day to live your life with passion and strength and goals.

I am ready to put my love into practice and work each day to show my heart for what it really is.

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

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We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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The Truth About Politics In Religion And How It Affects Our Relationship With God

They don't have to be mutually exclusive.

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It's evident that religion can and has been used in politics from the values of voters and leaders. However, to use your religion or your relationship with God for making political decisions doesn't share the same meaning.

I've always loved finding all the best facts and research for argumentative work but I couldn't pursue that approach for this topic. Why? Because I've experienced the pattern in my relationship with God of how God defies logic.

God can't be contained to a definition or explanation. I liked the way I've heard one leader express that, "If you hear someone trying to explain to God as if he knows then he's a fool before he starts talking". That's a paradox within itself.

I've learned more recently to identify that the two sides of the paradox that you might wrestle with in understanding God are both true. That, yes, His hands are big and He knows exactly what to do to make you surrender but you'll also find no greater love than with Him because He has the biggest heart and knows what you need better than you do.

I think that accepting this paradox will differentiate between those that view politics religiously versus those that view it from 'what is God trying to do here'? The one that focuses on seeking 'what is God trying to do here?' would represent those with a relationship with God. This doesn't mean that referencing the laws of God exempts you from having a relationship but the love of God is the strength that sustains the relationship over the law. This is also a bit of a paradox because they're both important in Christianity.

There's the difference from seeing God as one-sided which is very prideful, limiting and incorrect compared to recognizing that His ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts.

I believe that what we believe and how we see God will bring limitations or provision on how we can be used in God's plan for His kingdom on earth when it comes to the way the world is run.

God, our relationship with God and the law of God all have to be considered in the things we do as Christians.

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