How 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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12 Bible Verses For Faith In Hard Times

Remind yourself that God is always with you.
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Lately, I have felt lost at what God wants for my life. Ever since I've come back to UWG everything has been horrible. It seems that I can't catch a break. I'm trying my best to focus on school, work, and extracurricular activities. But it's hard when I'm having issues with my apartment/roommates and knowing my family back home is struggling and needs many prayers. All, I keep thinking is maybe Carrollton isn't where I belong anymore. I've asked God if He can guide me in the right direction. Below, I have found Bible verses that have helped get me through these rough, past couple of weeks.

1. Isaiah 43:2

"When you go through deep waters, I will be with you."

2. Psalm 37:5

"Commit your way to the Lord. Trust in Him, and He will act."

3. Romans 8:18

"The pain that you've been feeling, can't compare to the joy that's coming."

4. Proverbs 31:25

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

5. Joshua 1:9

"Be bold. Be brave. Be courageous."

6. Ecclesiastes 3:1

"There is a time for everything and a reason for every activity under the heavens."

7. Isaiah 41:10

"Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand."

8. Isaiah 66:9

"I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord."

9. Psalm 91:4

"He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings, you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart."

10. Psalm 62:1-2

"My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from Him, He alone is my rock and my salvation."

11. Philippians 4:13

"I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength."

12. Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

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Since When Did Having Your Life Figured Out Become An Expectation?

There's no timeline for life, and there shouldn't be.

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Let's just cut to the chase. There shouldn't be an expected timeline of life that us, as humans, should be expected to follow. There isn't a certain age that we should be married by, or a time slot that we have to graduate in. It's just unrealistic because, well, life happens. And the majority of the time, we can't control it.

So then why does society pressure us into this schedule that seems to be looming over our heads? There's no consequence to not having children by 27, there's nothing wrong with having a steady significant other and not being engaged by 24. And really, nothing horrible is going to happen if your timeline doesn't match up with your best friend's.

A whole lot of things in life are out of our control. We don't know when we're going to meet "the one", or even if we already have. We don't know what job we will have after graduation, or if it will be a job we stay in for years to come. And guess what: it's okay. Because we have time.

One of the best lessons I have learned in my life is that we cannot control everything in our lives. We can't predict the future. Yes, you can feel as though you have your whole life planned out, but in the blink of an eye, everything can change. So moral of the story, don't stress about things that you can't control. Because all the time you spend stressing about them, is time that you could have spent enjoying the moment that you are in.

There's not a fairy that is going to come down and curse you for not having a job by 23, or forbid you from finding love because you haven't found it by 25. It's an unrealistic expectation. And guess what: life happens on its own, and we can't control all of it. Sometimes it may suck, and it can be entirely unexpected, but it's life. So put an anchor in the present, and have faith that you will figure it out.

Because you will.

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