Thursday, October 23, 2008

This place has truly become my second home. I was here almost daily before I started working here, but now I’m here constantly. I came for yoga this morning and haven’t left since! Well I take that back. I left for ten minutes to go get a Lean Cuisine meal from Publix :) But I came right back to use the microwave and get some school done ha-ha.

Working in the Kiddie Kare here has been awesome. I love kids so much, so this is the best! It amazes me daily how much we can impact these kids’ lives. The other day, I only had a few kids (for some reason the rain keeps people away!) and the one little girl is a regular. She’s five years old and the sweetest thing ever. She started telling me about her birthday, and one thing led to another, and we were talking about how Jesus is incorporated into major holidays! Kids see things so simply, I love it! Christmas, “is Jesus’ birthday.” Easter “he woke up” ;) “because the Friday before (she swiped her hand across her throat, like she was being killed) He died. “ Ha! They crack me up! Even simple things, like helping them with their homework makes them trust you, and once they do that, you can help them in so many ways! I also wear a purity ring, which has been kind of a hot conversation topic with the older kids since the whole Jonas Brothers & Jordan Sparks statement on the VMA awards. (If you haven’t seen that, it’s on youtube!)

A lot of these kids don’t go to church or anything, and they are all at that age where they are excited to learn, so it’s a great witnessing opportunity! Now that I look at the clock, I need to get going. I have to do a short shift today and then workout before church. I’ll be in the nursery tonight- more kids! :)

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Love. We all think we understand it. We think we know what it truly means. At least I did. But the truth is, we can’t until we go to the heart of it. God’s heart. Love doesn’t come and go as it conveniences us. It sticks around. It doesn’t flee at the first sight of trouble ahead. It’s tough. It’s pure. It’s of the Lord. I’ve heard it said to go with what you feel. Like love is a feeling. Well it’s not. And honestly, if we followed those “feelings”, we would stray so far from what love truly is. Those “feelings” we have & feel are of our human nature. Our sinful nature.

Our flesh and it’s “feelings” waver. According to Shakespeare, love does the exact opposite.

“Love is not love

Which alters when it alteration finds,

Or bends with the remover to remove:

O no! it is an ever-fixed mark

That looks on tempests and is never shaken;”

I’d say he was a wise man who had a good grasp on what love is.

Coming back to the heart of love can be difficult. It can be painful to realize that what we saw love as is wrong. I gave up on someone because of a lack of trust. I stopped caring. Or so I thought. But what I found was that I couldn’t. Even though things will never be the same between us, it was impossible for me to stop caring. And the reason for that was love. I have thanked God everyday since then for showing me the true meaning of love, and what it entails. Love requires stepping up. It demands your soul. It captivates your every thought- when you let it.

Love never fails.