Letting Love Win

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Love can win, every time.

It is easy to get lost in blame, anger, resentment, self-pity.

It is hard to let go, to forgive, to love even if the other person isn’t sorry or doesn’t realize they’ve hurt.

But love frees, forgiveness lightens, God works through sacrifice.

Light will always shine brighter than the darkness.

Kindness can sift through the hardest ground.

Love can win, every time, if I will be open and not let my pride stand in the way.

(officially ended sermon to myself….hope it encouraged you as well.  🙂  )

 

 

What Love Means

My daughter Amy, age 6, is my guest blogger today, and she would like to share her thoughts on what love means.

DSCN0019My doll Laura wants to tell you about love.  Love means showing care to people.  Love means being a nice person.  Love means telling the truth.  Love means helping people when they feel bad.  The way my doll can show love is by always being near me.  And the way I can show love is by always being very, very nice to people.  I hope you like this blog, and I’m going to say goodbye now.  So remember, love is the best way to encourage people.  Love, Amy and my doll Laura

Helper, Hero, Friend

Throughout the Boston tragedy, the thing that stands out the most to me is the heroes, the first responders, the men and women on the street who stepped in to help those who were hurt.  People helping other people, not thinking about possible risk to themselves, but just doing what they could to be there for someone else.  And it might sound corny, but that is where hope and faith and love can be seen through pain.  The bad and evil cannot win, because Love trumps all.  Every time.  So this is just my small salute to those who helped, and will help today, and might help tomorrow.  It matters.  Blessings, Lisa

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True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost. – Arthur Ashe

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“…Encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone.  Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:14-15

“The older you get the more you realize that kindness is synonymous with happiness.”  – Lionel Barrymore

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Smile

Smile — sunshine is good for your teeth. ~Author Unknown
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I’ve never seen a smiling face that was not beautiful.  ~Author Unknown
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Before you put on a frown, make absolutely sure there are no smiles available.  ~Jim Beggs
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A smile confuses an approaching frown.  ~Author Unknown

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A smile takes but a moment,  but its effects sometimes last forever. ~J.E. Smith

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Just posting about smiling has got me smiling.  🙂  Blessings, Lisa

Kind

I met a wonderful lady yesterday who cheered me immensely.  She is struggling with many physical ailments, yet had a kind word and a smile for me during her day.  We had a great conversation, and I hope that I also brought a little sunshine to her as well.  Kindness is so important…it takes a normal day in, day out existence and turns it into something beautiful.  I’m praying for more kindness, to be able to see the people around me better.

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  ~Plato
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“Always be a little kinder than necessary.” ~James M. Barrie
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“A kind word is like a Spring day.”  ~Russian Proverb

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“If you haven’t any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.”  ~Bob Hope

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“As God’s people, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”  ~Colossians 3:12a

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Have a wonderful day.  Blessings, Lisa