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When we let Love speak…what would it say?

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Welcome back!

So I told you yesterday I was praying and considering if I wanted to share the letter we wrote in the afternoon session that day. We had let our Fear tell us what it wanted us to know, so in the afternoon session, our hostess and leader talked about the voice of Love and what it might want to say to us. 

I will repeat in case you didn’t read yesterday’s Randoms, she said she has found when she looks at her list of fear and the looks at the things of Love-  the Love things can help cancel out the fear. 

God says it like this through the writings of the apostle John…

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 

1 John 4:18

I don’t think of that as condemnation when I fear. I see it as a reminder that I need to return to a place where I can be reminded of God’s love for me and in that place I am “perfected” so that fear has no place in me. 

I have read through my letter that Love wrote me, and I cried as I was reminded of how God opened my heart wider while I wrote out the message of my thoughts. I want to share portions of it, because as I wrote, I reflected on the individuals who receive the lion’s share of my people-directed love – our family. 

As I looked over what I wrote, each word is kind and loving and precious…but too private to share and perhaps would be embarrassing for them. They have always been so gracious to let me be transparent about my “journey” and so far as I know I have not overstepped so much into their personal journey that I have caused them to wish their mom would have held back on that thought…or picture….they give me a lot of grace and I don’t want to abuse it.

I may let them know privately what I wrote because I would always want them to know the special place they hold in my heart…maybe…we shall see. 

But here are the portions I want to share with you as I hope perhaps some of it will resonate with you and drive out some fears today. 

Dear Laura, 

This is your love talking and this is what I want to tell you.

I am most intense in those moments when your heart literally feel like it is going to burst wide open and there is a physical pain in your chest that is sacred. 

Lately I see it most in the tender and common moments with your family and friends. Caroline’s eyes when she tells you what’s on her heart and the way her hair curls in the back and gazillion variations of blonde and brown.

At this point I moved on and pictured each family member and the “moments” recently when in the midst of the most ordinary of circumstances, my heart expanded so incredibly with a deep love that I had to stop and catch my breath. 

None of them were trying to earn my love or catch my attention in those moments. It was just who they are and what they bring to my life that filled me so full and my heart turned to God in gratitude for the gift of them. 

So it was with each one of our family. 

And as I finished with the last one and whatever impression came to mind was jotted down on paper, I ended with this. 

And the love for them just tightens your chest until you think your heart will burst and bleed out and you will dissolve into a thousand glittering stars of pure light. 

Sincerely, 

Your Love

I was not surprised by the intensity and purity of what Love would tell me. 

It is love of family that transcends circumstances and overcomes adversity. It is love that decides that whatever our differences are, what holds is together is too strong to give up on. 

It is love that bends and reaches out, no matter what.

It is love that chooses to stay in for the long haul. 

It is love that is born because we were first loved by Christ, and it is His love and His example that keeps us doing the hard work.

It is His love that fuels my love.

It is His love that takes over when my love gets tired. 

It is His love when we don’t see eye to eye, but listen anyway. 

It is His love that mends what is broken and restores what is damaged and heals what hurts. 

It is the greatest of all things…faith, hope and love…but the greatest is love. His love given to us so that we might love one another <3

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Thursday randoms <3

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It’s one of those weeks, friends.

So here are some randoms to hopefully brighten your day and I will look for something more meaningful to close out this week.

Maybe.

Random #1

This guy was camping out in the tulip bush on the corner of our patio one morning this week.

Zoom in…

we think a hawk.

He is no small bird to have found a way to perch in this relatively small space right next to our two bird feeders!

It kind of gives new meaning to “bird feeder” when the seed I put attracts lunch for a bigger fellow.

His (or her) feathers were gorgeous and I just sat and watched for the longest time.

Our little feeders were nowhere to be found and he eventually took off…which was also cool to watch. I wanted to alert him to the squirrel that was stealing seed from our neighbors feeders…but don’t speak “hawk”.

Random #2

Christmas is just about put away and I have been adding touches of Valentines.

Do you decorate for Valentines?

I do a little and then I also like to put things out for St. Patty’s Day…and then Easter…and they all pass so quickly. Like Christmas is for 6 weeks and the others get a nod.

I also love little crafting projects for Valentine’s Day and cards…it’s a fun, sweet way to brighten winter.

Nothing better than a homemade Valentine in my book <3

Random #3

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So I don’t know what has happened to me, but starting in January I make myself go straight to the basement when I wake up and do some stretches and exercise.

I know.

I am very worried.

Then I head back upstairs and walk right past my coffee pot. I get ready for the day and then, only then, do I make a cup of coffee.

A cup.

A. CUP.

I got a new coffee make in December and it has a Keurig option.

A lot of days I make one mug only.

I don’t even know who I am anymore.

Random #4

Are you a puzzler?

I found this gently used one for sale for $5 and couldn’t pass it up. It will fit on our coffee table…woot!!

Russ asked me if I counted all the pieces before I bought it…the thought had crossed my mind but I just stepped out in faith that it does.

Okay folks…that’s it…gotta scoot…miles to go before I sleep and all that.

Have a wonderful day.

Do something creative and fun…and then tell someone what you did.

We need to encourage one another <3

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And that’s a wrap on Christmas 2021

Last Saturday we were able to finish up our Christmas celebration officially with a visit from the St. Louis branch of this tree.

I hope you don’t mind me sharing a few pictures and some narration of the festivities.

Cause I am going to, whether you mind or not <3 (insert a grin and a giggle…)

Tia, Jack and Rocco came and we did our grandest to celebrate as if it was Christmas Eve again.

The shenanigans included…

a demonstration of various basketball skills out on the patio with a rapt audience filming and applauding.

introducing the next generation to the Reimer’s favorite…the Macarena is a big hit with all, but Joel just seemed to enjoy the shimmy while the rest of us navigated the motions.

We opened presents, some with a little more help than others…

We were missing Zach, who had to work, and John, who lives too dang far away…

Sarah tried FaceTiming John, but no answer so she set up her phone to video…

and we all waved and talked to him like he was there..

and eventually he did call…

which was so good.

I am sure Zach appreciated that we did NOT FaceTime him at work.

But we missed them.

We played games..

and laughed wondering how Grandpa Reimer would have handled the domino towers and rhythm band that our four bring to the party.

Imagine the sound of tiles hitting wood continuously whilst reminding people it is their turn…

Yes…we are drinking chamomile tea as it is a calming tea…Tia’s idea.

We had a wonderful time and it all went too quickly.

When I laid my head down on the pillow that night, I felt the weight of joy. I literally just laid there and all I could do was thank God for giving us those hours with at least most of our family.

I was so filled with gratitude, there is no cathedral more sacred than the sense of peace and gratitude that overtook me for those moments before I fell asleep.

It was an unusual Christmas season…better than last year for sure…thanks for sharing the moments with me today <3

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