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In Others’ Words: Love or Understanding

In Others’ Words: Love or Understanding

If I’m reading George Orwell’s words correctly, he seemed to believe that love and understanding are exclusive of one another.  And yet, I find that the people who love me the best are also the very ones who take the time to understand me … the real me. Or is it that the ones who understand me the best are  the very ones who love me the most faithfully? See how the two — lo... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Who Do You Show Up For?

In Others’ Words: Who Do You Show Up For?

So here’s the question: Who do you show up for? Another question: How do you show up for the people you love? One more question for today: Who taught you the importance of showing up? And that’s all  I’ve got for today. As my friend, Mary, said this morning when I told her I’d pushed SEND on my manuscript: “You can’t brain today.” Yeah. Exactly so. In Your... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The Riches of Love

In Others’ Words: The Riches of Love

When my husband and I were first married, we had very different views when it came to money. If the bills are paid — and they always were — and there was no money left in the bank, as far as Rob was concerned, we were fine. Nowadays, there’s always money left in the bank. When we were first married … well, that was another story. Me? I would watch the bank account total dec... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Do You Hear What I Hear?

In Others’ Words: Do You Hear What I Hear?

One of my favorite things about the Christmas season is the music. I love all kinds of Christmas songs: White Christmas Carol of the Bells Silent Night Frosty the Snowman Straight No Chaser’s take on the Twelve Days of Christmas Pentatonix’s take on Mary Did You Know? Amy Grant’s I Need a Silent Night   I could go on and on with my list of Christmas music. But this season ca... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Too Great a Burden

In Others’ Words: Too Great a Burden

  Love is a choice. I’ve heard that phrase so many times that it can slip past me like a will-o’-the-wisp. I nod my head in a “yes, that’s true” kind of fashion … but I don’t acknowledge the truth of the words. The challenge inherent in them. Sometimes you must choose to love … and in doing so, you are choosing not to hate. So often we think tha... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The Comfort of Love

In Others’ Words: The Comfort of Love

  Sometimes loving someone means not saying anything. Sometimes silence is sacrificial … you give up all your right answers for the sake of someone else’s need to be valued. You choose not to stifle their pain with words, words, and more words. Love should always be safe. When you tell someone you love them, in a very real sense you are telling them, “You can trust me. With ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: So This Is Love (and giveaway)

In Others’ Words: So This Is Love (and giveaway)

There’s so much I love about this quote from author Becky Wade’s novel, Undeniably Yours. (And yes, there is a cowboy in the story. His name is Bo.) But I digress. Back to the quote. At some point, we are all are knocked off kilter by love. Love for another person. Love for our country. Love for a family pet — or maybe an abandoned animal in need of a home. Love for God, as we gr... Read More »

In Others’ Word: The Reality of Wealth

I’ve heard Oscar Wilde’s quote before. The real question is: How would I answer the question? Have I put my bank balance above an intangible but oh-so-powerful emotion? Have I squandered the feelings of another … or underestimated the value of loving someone? The real question for today is this one: Who are you going to make wealthy today … by loving them? In Others’ ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Perfect

I want to expound on Thomas Merton’s quote — but really, he’s spoken the truth so eloquently. Love is letting others be. It’s not some twisted you-look-like-me-and-I-look-like-you relationship where there’s no emotional breathing space. And sometimes we don’t understand the truth that love begins when I’m me and you’re you until we’ve spent too... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Love is …

I’ve come across many a “Love is …” attempt to define an emotion that is, in essence, undefinable. Even the “Love is patient, love is kind … ” distillation so often read during wedding ceremonies, often stumps me before I get very far into the verses in 1 Corinthians 13. Love is patient … kind … it does not envy …  Wait. If love is the do... Read More »

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