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Love Is A Language

To that gentle, weary woman I stood behind in the grocery line this morning:

I saw you. I heard you in your “resolved calm” as your 3 babies in the cart made their presence known. I watched one make faces with me while you unloaded your cart to the conveyor belt, (I made faces back). I watched you gently put the second one’s leg back into the cart from the side as he tried to attempt a bailout. I listened to the cries of the one in the baby carrier; screaming for release. I observed your presence of peace.
“How PEACE in the midst of such a crazy season???” (I remember that season so clearly; not always peaceful.))
muddy warriors
I watched the looks of irritation, and I heard the huffs of disapproval from some…I could sense the judgments that you were surrounded by.  And yet, you were CALM. Your demeanor was Peace and Calm; that is a beautiful reflection of Christ. That is what I saw. Some may have thought you and your cartload a nuisance, but I saw an example of LOVE. Thank you for sharing that treasure.
The 5 Love Languages for Children by Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell is a well-known book that I have loved from the first reading of it. I read through and could identify various people with this or that attribute. I found the main  Love Language in myself, my husband, Mom, Dad, etc…
My heart was really stirred to pick the book up a month before school began and read it again; this time with 4 different colored pens for each of my 4 sons.
The knowledge of the Language types intertwined with the heart-connect for loved ones is a phenomenal thing to unfold! I just can’t recommend it enough!!
Understanding that all 5 types of Love are important to all of us is one thing…but then matching someones personality and character to 1 or 2 Languages…and then seeking out what that looks like in tangible Love for them is exciting!!!
I have 2 sons that relate the most to Physical Touch. Through the book, I learned that they really love gifts like cozy pjs or soft blankets; a flannel shirt is epic to them.
Another son gravitates toward Gifts. I never truly understood this language; since we all love getting gifts… but now I see that the package, presentation, etc. of the “gift” is treasured and noticed more by this personality type. Something that is made special or personalized; a favorite meal…all go a loooong ways for this one.
And so, after reading The 5 Love Languages for Children again, I made a little list that has become my go-to sheet when trying to relate to one of my children the best way I can. I highly recommend doing this for your family! I wrote down each child’s name, and then put their main Love Languages beside them, while writing out ideas to do with or for each son. I refer to it a lot; especially on hectic days when my brain needs a little reminder and I’m grasping for Peace. I found myself reflecting, praying and loving each child much more intentionally since this book. Go get a copy, read it, ask the Lord to show you your loved ones through His eyes, and be blessed while blessing them.  

Love is a Language, the greatest is Love!

Holiday Blessings: Gifting to others with Intention

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#31daysof_____: Day Twenty-Two

Day Twenty-Two

 

As you read your devotional today, choose 1-2 phrases to savor.

boy with donut

How might you apply this passage to your encounters with others today?

Chasing Quiet Day 22: Sweet Center 

 

Bible Quilt your selected verse: 

Mix up cursive and printing.

Play around with capitalizing key words.

Incorporate variety in a few simple ways to create an overall page effect.#31daysofquiet #day22 BQ

Pray.  Father God, thank you for being PRESENT for each of us…all mankind. You are greater than all of our collective mess. Help us be still in Your sweet presence so that we may calmly move forward into our day with kindness toward others. 


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#31daysof_____: Day Twenty-One

Day Twenty-One

Settle in to your favorite chair to read your devotional. 

the path

 

Some days you have to really commit to the process…

one breath at a time

one foot in front of the other

following His path for you today…

 

Chasing Quiet Day 21: Paths to Rest

 

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If you do your devotional in the early morning like I do, you might still be sleepy and make spelling mistakes or smudge your handwriting. That’s ok. Tear off a strip of washi tape to cover up the mistake…or trace over the letters to make it bolder.

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Pray.  Lord, thank you for designing the unique path for each of us; guide our steps each day. We trust in you to reveal the good way for our families in each decision we make.  


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#31daysof_____: Day Eighteen

Day Eighteen

Slowly read your devotional today. Pause between paragraphs to add a calming effect to the experience.

storm cloudTake a few deep breaths to remind your body to slow down, allowing your mind to settle as well.

Some days are easier than others to accomplish this…be gracious with yourself. This is YOUR time.

 

Chasing Quiet Day 18: Calm in the Storm

 

Bible Quilt your selected verse: Enjoy the calming effect of re-writing the Word of God in your own handwriting, personalizing it and claiming it as your Truth for today.

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Pray.  Lord, You are Mighty. Yet You can also be that still, quiet voice that calms us in the midst of our troubles and chaos. Help us to lean in to You closely so that we can hear each whisper.


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#31daysof_____: Day Seventeen

Day Seventeen

Settle in to your cozy spot to read your devotional today. 

rock artDoes your mind wander?

Sometimes I have to hold something tangible in my hand like a smooth rock.

Find something that helps ground you…

~ holding your coffee cup with two hands, focusing on the warmth

~ the fragrance of a candle you light only during your quiet time

 

Chasing Quiet Day 17: Our Refuge

 

Bible Quilt your selected verse: 

If you discover you’re getting distracted by all the choices available, simplify the process by limiting the quantity of materials you have in your devotional space. This eliminates decision fatigue and helps you focus on the Word. (It’s easier to choose from 3 marker colors than 25.)

Some days you’ve got to stick with simple just to get done, and that’s ok!

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Pray.  Father God, thank you for being our refuge no matter what we’re going through. It’s reassuring to know we have a respite in every storm. Help us to dwell in You today.


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