be gentle

Here’s a quickie thought about our relationships – be gentle.  I’m reminded to be gentle on many occasions – most frequently when someone says something to me that is sharp or insensitive.  When this happens, I find that it’s most helpful to give others the benefit of the doubt & not automatically assume that they’re trying to hurt me or have malicious intents.  I honestly think that if others understood some of our sensitivities, they probably wouldn’t say some of the things that we find to be hurtful.  So with this in mind, I want to be a gentle person & tread lightly.  I figure that if I’ll be gentle, others won’t find the need to forgive me as frequently and perhaps this is a practical way to express Jesus’ love.

I’m also reminded that Jesus wants me to be gentle with myself – to intentionally lose the lists of failures, shame & shortcomings, since these items have already received His forgiveness.  I can also be gentle with myself by being less impatient with my maturation.

Gentle words, gentle actions, gentle thoughts, . . . . . be gentle 🙂

full of love

i awakened this morning to have a rich experience w God’s love.  He expresses His love to us in many different ways & forms – consider the beauty of a sunrise, the glories of Spring & new life, the crisp morning air that wakens your senses (ears, nose, eyes) to His abundant creation – all expressions of His love for you.  How about this – God expresses the variations of His love for you in the contexts of various relationships you have: friendships, family, kids, parents, spouse, etc.  Even more cool than that, if you are missing any of these contexts (spouse, parent, etc), He still invites you to experience His love in this context through His Word & presence in your life.  I’m simply astounded by the immensity & intensity of God’s love.  I pray that you would experience just a small taste of His love for you through this blog to entice you to be still for more.  🙂