“Love in a Box” + Embrace Grace

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In a time where there is lots of division, arguing, name-calling, and finger-pointing, I am always looking for things that are lovely and wonderful to share with you! Today, I want to introduce you to Embrace Grace.

Embrace Grace is a non-profit organization working to provide support in practical, emotional, and spiritual ways for young women who are experiencing unintended pregnancies. They partner with churches to train and equip them to be a safe, non-judgmental place these young moms and their families. It is a beautiful thing to see this kind of loving support system being spread throughout churches and Embrace Grace is on the front lines!

I just love their “why” statement:

Most churches advocate life and discourage women from getting abortions, but once a brave and courageous girl chooses life, a lot of times the church then steps away and has nothing to offer her for support at that point. She is then left with nine months of being scared, worried and feeling alone. She journeys into a season of being a single mom without direction and guidance from a spiritual family. This is where the Body of Christ can minister to women who are desperately searching for a Savior. This is where we can speak into their lives and hearts that will have an impact for generations to come!

This beautiful necklace and journal really represent Embrace Grace well – they are pro-love for these young moms and want them to know they can make brave, strong choices because they are not alone!

Embrace Grace provides curriculum, resources, and training for churches, but they also have another cool initiative involving pregnancy centers.

“Love in a Box” is a box of hope-filled resources distributed to pregnancy centers to be passed along to a young, single woman with a positive pregnancy test. Each box includes a Fearless Journal and pen, a Bump in Life book, a baby onesie, testimonial letters from both girls that chose adoption and girls that chose to parent, an invitation to join an Embrace Grace group, and a Brave Girl letter that can be written by YOU!

I love what Embrace Grace is doing and I love how you and I can get involved with this wonderful ministry! Here are a few ideas:

  1. Start an Embrace Grace at your local church so young women with unplanned pregnancies have a support group.
  2. Partner with the Embrace Grace national organization through prayer and support!
  3. Download and print the brave girl letter and mail to the following address to be placed inside a Love in a Box: Embrace Grace, Inc., Attn: Love in a Box, 700 W. Bedford Euless Rd., Ste. G, Hurst, TX 76053

I am so thrilled to know of this kind of love and hope being spread around in the name of Christ. It is a chance for us to not just say we are pro-life, but to be the hands and feet of Jesus in supporting those lives!

One more thing: you can enter to win your very own journal and necklace from Embrace Grace! Just go to the giveaway page for your chance to win! Good luck!

Have you heard of Embrace Grace? Which resource in the box do you think is the most valuable for a young woman receiving it?

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Let My Private Life Be the Proof Of Your Love

I’m surrounded by men and women making a big difference in this world. Rescuing women and children from human trafficking. Running maternity homes in Kenya. Creating sustainable income for men + women living in poverty. They have taken God’s call in Isaiah 61 and acted on it. Their lives are proof of the love of Christ.

As I have read their stories, shared their stories with you, tried to find “my” place and way to help, I have also been swept away by thoughts that I needed to prove my love for Christ for all to see. Yes, my heart to serve is there, but so is my people-pleasing side and that desire to have my good deeds known.

Yep, confession time today. I want to help those in need and I’ve wanted people to notice.

God started to break that in me this weekend. I was suffering from choice paralysis. I had a good ugly cry on a friend’s shoulder, wanting to just forget all the suffering and need I had heard about and start over. I asked Him to tell me exactly where He wanted me serving. And He did, but He wasn’t done there.

After returning home, my church held a worship + prayer night, and God spoke. At a prayer station were the words of “The Proof of Your Love” by For King and Country. Being one of my favorite songs of the past year, I glazed over the words at first and headed back to my seat. I started to write something in my journal and this came out instead…

Let my PRIVATE life be the proof of Your love.

Just a few days earlier, I had felt a gut punch in the ballroom of a blogging conference because I didn’t know WHO to serve. Now I was feeling it because God was telling me HOW to serve.

Private Life

It’s not that serving in the public arena isn’t important. I know you hear my heart there. The sharing of causes and the blogging trips and all of that is needed and important. People need to know of needs and how they can help. That is why I love to tell you about organizations like Compassion and fashionABLE and so on.

But Jesus wants my attitude, my behavior, my actions that only He and maybe my family sees to be the REAL proof of His love. If my life in private, in the walls of my home, doesn’t reflect His love, the rest is just a show.

Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. Matthew 6:1-4

This is what He is speaking to my heart: “If you’re struggling to show my love in private – in your heart, in your home – let’s focus there first.”

The truth is, for me, it can be a lot easier to love those I am NOT in constant contact with every day. I am a very social, outgoing person who loves connecting with lots of people. But I end up giving the best of me to online communities, charities, even this blog, TRYING hard to prove my love for Christ in a very visible way. Then my husband and children get my leftovers, which usually means tired, irritable, less-than-joyful Erin. God is calling me to reverse that.

And now for three steps on how to make this happen…

Oh wait, I don’t have all the answers. I’m just processing this word He spoke. I think it looks like intentional time, being present, continuing to soak in His Word and listen expectantly for His voice, but there is no three-step process because He works differently in all of us. But I do want us all to let this sink in and motivate us to love better in our everyday, not always looking for places to love that people will notice.

I’m convicted today, but also hopeful. I hope you’ll join me in making our private lives the proof of His love first and then letting Him shine outward from there.

 

A more lighthearted side note: We get to see For King and Country in concert this weekend! I’ll be singing this song at the top of my lungs with them, knowing just what it means for me!

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Giving Up My Love Idol

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I could give up coffee. Maybe.

I could give up Facebook.

I could give up all number of things, but that’s not where God has led me this Lenten season.

I’m joining the Love Idol Movement and giving up a love idol in my life. And I’m hoping it’s for more than just 40 days.

What is a love idol? My friend Jennifer, author of Love Idol {releasing April 1!} describes it as this…

Paul wrote to the Cornithians: “These three remain: faith, hope and love. And the greatest of these is love.” Yet we take God’s “greatest” and contort it into an idol. We twist our desire for approval into a false god.

So there it is: looking to something or someone other than God for love. For approval. For validation. That something or someone is a love idol.

Mine has been staring me in the face for too long, but I am just SO done with it being what makes or breaks my day. I almost hate to admit it here because my love idol actually has to do with all of you.

Preapproved Blog

I’ve been seeking approval, validation, recognition through the reach of this blog. How many pageviews have there been today? Who is commenting? Why aren’t they commenting? What if I pour my heart out and NOBODY CARES? And what if they do care? Does that matter more than what God has to say about me?!

There it is. Ugly. Vain. A brazen love idol.

Even confessing this now, here, on the first day of Lent, feels freeing, but I know God has led me to lay more down to rid this love idol from my life. And I have a feeling this love idol won’t go away easily, so these will be daily sacrifice:

1. Deleting the blog tracking apps from my phone – there is absolutely NO reason I need to check how many people have visited the blog or commented on the blog when I’m on the go or with my family.

2. Starting my day with God – I have a knee jerk reaction of grabbing my phone the very moment I wake up to see what’s happening in social media. This just sets me up for a day centered around the online world, and I want my whole world to revolve around Jesus. The tweets, posts, emails can wait until I’ve had time to put my heart, mind, soul where they need to be – in His presence.

3. Putting down the phone – This has been a work-in-progress for a while now. It started with boundaries during homeschool. And now I’m feeling the pull for even more. Reading Love Idol as well as Hands-Free Mama – that’s just a recipe for leaving my pursuit of approval in the wrong places behind!

I want to rid my heart of this love idol of numbers and recognition to make room for more of Him – His love, His will, His glory. In her book Holey, Wholly, Holy, Kris Camealy says, “Your life is not just about you – your life is about Christ in you – about the work He can do through you, when you yield to His will.” I’m done being about what I can do and jumping full into what HE can do through me.

PreApproved

Friends, He has pre-approved us. There is nothing we can do to make Him love us more and we don’t need to search for love anywhere else – His love is more enough.

I don’t wanna tell some arrogant story, or let myself believe I’m you. I don’t wanna be a thief who’s stealing your glory. Will you help remind me of what is true? The only hope I’ve got is you. ~Ellie Holcomb, “Only Hope I’ve Got”

I’m taking this Ash Wednesday to repent and reflect on the heart changes I desperately need. Join me? And find the hearts of many other women giving up their love idols poured out over at Jennifer’s blog today. You can add yours if you also feel led!

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Fixer-Upper: Lessons on Love from a Disney Song

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My love for the move Frozen knows no bounds, and the biggest reason is the fabulous music. I bought the soundtrack for myself the boys for Valentine’s Day and it has been playing nonstop, with everyone signing along, ever since.

By now, everyone knows the most popular song, “Let It Go.” It’s being added to my running playlist because I love it SO MUCH and want it belting in my ear as I let it all go in a race.

But another song from the movie has really captured my heart and it’s not because of the amazing vocals like Ms. Indina Menzel in “Let It Go.” Tucked away as track #9 on the soundtrack, “Fixer-Upper” might have escaped your notice, but you might want to search it out for yourself.

Fixer Upper

First of all, “Fixer-Upper” is a funny little song sung by the troll family of Kristoff. They are trying to figure out why Anna and Kristoff aren’t pursuing each other romantically and their first assumption is that Anna has noticed all of Kristoff’s flaws, which they are happy to catalog for her. When they discover that Anna is engaged, they change their tune and say that she is the one needing fixing so they can be together.

While their motives for singing may be superficial, the message the song conveys is anything but shallow.

Let’s start here:

Everyone’s a bit of a fixer-upper,
That’s what it’s all about!

One of the boys and I got into this last week when he was upset about something he had done and said he hated himself. When we arrived at the root of his feelings, I helped him realize he really hates the sin and not himself. And he needed this reminder about sin that applies even {and especially} to his mommy:

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. ~Romans 3:23

We are all fixer-uppers because we are all sinners. No exceptions.

We’re not sayin’ you can change him,
‘Cause people don’t really change.
We’re only saying that love’s a force
That’s powerful and strange.
People make bad choices if they’re mad,
Or scared, or stressed.
Throw a little love their way.

And you’ll bring out their best.

I don’t agree with the line about “people don’t really change,” but I do agree that WE can’t change anyone. But we CAN love. And love does some pretty amazing things. Just ask Bob Goff. {one of my favorite books from last year}

Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. ~Romans 12:10

And that whole part about making bad choices?! So much truth. I’ve spoken harsh words to my children or husband when I was stressed about something completely unrelated to them. I’ve reacted hastily when scared. If these bad decisions are something we all struggle with {and I think we do}, we should know to react with more compassion and love – the kind we would like to receive in the same situation. 

Father! Sister! Brother!

We need each other to raise
Us up and round us out.

God didn’t put us in families and communities to judge and tear down one another. He put us together to lift one another up, using the unique and wonderful giftings from Him to bless one another – to round each other out!

In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly. ~Romans 12:6-8

We all need fixing. We all need love. And that all comes back to our need for God.

Everyone’s a bit of a fixer-upper,
But when push comes to shove.

The only fixer-upper fixer
That can fix up a fixer-upper is true love!

The true love that transforms is not from us, but from Love himself. His love has the power to take all those things about us that need fixing – our sin, our doubts, our fears – and do a miraculous work through them…

We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. ~Romans 5:3-5

This fixer-upper right here, writing to you now, takes great comfort and delight in the hope produced by the love of God in my life. It’s my job, my calling, my joy to share that life-changing love with other fixer-uppers.

Let’s throw a little more love each other’s way and watch as God brings out the best in all of us.

And go listen to the song if you haven’t. It’s super cute and will have you singing about love the rest of the day!

 

*”Fixer-Upper” lyrics by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.

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Growing Vegetables + Children

This is where I usually tell you that today is another Five Minute Friday, where Lisa-Jo gives us a prompt and invites us to write for FIVE MINUTES ONLY, no editing, no rethinking, no shame.

But this isn’t just any Five-Minute Friday. Yes, it IS Friday. Yes, it’s Valentine’s Day, but the kind of love we’re sharing here today goes beyond a one day holiday. You’ll see…

Today’s prompt: Garden.

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And go…

The gardening analogies were lost on me until we bought a house with landscaping that needed to be kept up. I had always said I had a black thumb but that wasn’t really the issue – the issue was my own lack of persistence, patience, diligence.

Garden Kids

There is no garden quite like motherhood, where I am toiling to produce the fruit of Christ in my children and He is working to produce the fruit of the Spirit in me. There is daily planting, daily digging, daily weed-pulling, and if I don’t remember His call to not grow weary in doing good, it might all just be too much.

My mama soul has been turned over and over again just like the dirt. Every part of me feels the joy and pain, the lift and weight of the toil of parenting, and I live in a place where everything I could ever need is in reach for me without physical labor.

God is working on my heart, pulling up the weeds of selfishness, bringing forth new growth of love and service, showing me beauty and joy in swept floors and folded laundry.

Garden LisaJo

The work of beautiful women around the world, literally planting and harvesting to nourish their families, body and soul, is finding root in my heart, giving me a vision for true service to my family.

Garden Women

They grow vegetables AND children, even children who aren’t their own, loving them as if they were. And while I haven’t latched on to the whole vegetable garden in my own backyard, I am a mother who is growing children and, as Lisa-Jo says, “There is nothing ordinary about being a mom.”

Stop.

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Today a bunch of not-so-ordinary moms are linking arms and running forward in love to show the world LOVE is a VERB. It goes out and does crazy stuff like build a center for a community in South Africa in need of a safe place for sustainable food, child care, economic empowerment, job skills trainings, a gathering place for church, classrooms for HIV/Aids education, and a playground for their kids. THAT is love and we can show it today.

It all starts today with a garden. A vegetable garden. And that’s just Phase One.

You can donate through the project on Pure Charity. And you can also purchase a gorgeous necklace through one of my favorites, KraftyKash, from her “Fall in Love With the World Next Door” line and $12 from each sale will help fund the Maubane Community Center in South Africa.

I’m just giddy and teary and overwhelmed by so many coming together to love on these kids, this community. Love IS a verb. Let’s do this.

 

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The Love Dare for Parents Wrap-Up!

Love Dare Wrap Up

Woot! We did it! The Love Dare for Parents – CHECK!

Well, maybe not everyone is finished with The Love Dare for Parents, but whether you’ve just started, are somewhere in the middle, or completed all 40 days, we all have a reason to celebrate! You took on the challenge of becoming a more loving parent and that is an accomplishment in itself!

I was feeling pretty selfish and tapped out on loving my children when this book came across my path. Most days were a battle and I went to bed with bitterness and hurt in my heart in regards to my relationship with at least one of my children. It seemed like we were fighting over everything. That’s hard to admit, but it is the truth.

In these 40 days, I’ve been yelling less, listening more, fighting less, hugging more. My initial reaction is to pray instead of pounce when something goes wrong. Grace is becoming my default more often than not.

While I haven’t become the perfect parent through this Love Dare, I have become more prayerful and purposeful, and I believe that is exactly what God wanted to do in my heart. The Love Dare for Parents was never about changing my children, but changing my own heart towards them. And it did just that.

Confession: I did finish the book, but I have not completed all of the challenges. Some of them require more planning or thought that I had at the moment I was reading them. A few that I still need and want to complete:

  • Writing out a legacy letter to each child
  • Making plans to spend extra time or money on a special gift or experience that would greatly surprise and bless each child
  • Writing out a special blessing for each child and reading it in front of the whole family

These were some of the most wonderful dares, but also very involved and needing much thought. I WILL finish them though and post about them when I am done – I need accountability!

What I really want to hear is YOUR experience with The Love Dare for Parents, no matter where you are in the book!

A few questions you could answer for me…

  • How did the Love Dare change you?
  • Did you notice any change in your children during the Love Dare?
  • What was your favorite love dare? Your least favorite?
  • Were there any special moments you want to share that happened because of the Love Dare?

Just leave your comment below to tell us about your Love Dare for Parents experience! If you have a blog and wrote about it there, please leave a link to your post in the comments, too!

Thank you so much to the many of you who joined me in this journey! I loved hearing you chime in on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram! Just knowing other parents were doing this at the same time was very motivating for me!

 

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The Last {Five Minute Friday}

Five Minute FridayIt’s Five Minute Friday with lovely Lisa-Jo!

Set a timer and just write. Don’t worry about making it just right or not.

For me? An exercise in letting go and letting words flow. Five minutes only. {yes, I do set a timer and it quacks like a duck at 5 minutes, which totally makes me smile}

Today’s prompt: Last.

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And go…

The Last

A woman was murdered near our home in the dark hours of Wednesday morning. Only a few blocks away. In our quiet suburban neighborhood.

I was rattled Wednesday with news of an armed and dangerous suspect on the loose, but I became more unsettled as more was released about the victim.

33 years old.

Wife.

Mother of three.

There has been no sense of peace for me over the last few days. Her description almost fits me to a tee. Too close to home, too close to my heart. And even though I didn’t know her, friends of ours did and the whole community is shaken.

I was tense yesterday, partially because of this tragedy, and that tension showed at my home until I was driving with the boys and thought…

What were the woman’s last words to her kids? to her husband? What were the last words each of them said to her?

What if today was my last with my kids and the words I just spoke were the last I said?

When all is said and done, only love remains… ~For KING and COUNTRY

Living, speaking, loving like today is my last. If anything good can come out of this horrible act of violence, Lord, let me be a part of it.

Stop.

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I cried my way through this post. My heart is broken. I needed to process this in words.

And I hope you’ll join me in praying for the dear family left behind in all of this. The community is really rallying behind them, with prayer vigils and memorial funds and even people signing up to bring meals for over two months already. Pray for the family to feel God’s love and comfort and peace through this His people here on earth. Pray for those sweet children.

And you can read a much happier “last” post from Lisa-Jo today on her oldest son’s birthday, along with many other beautiful writers on Five Minute Friday!

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A Morning Song for Moms {+ Love Dare Check-In!}

Morning Song for Moms

I’ve listened to the song many, many times. It is on my running playlist. The music has pushed to me to keep going on a run more than once, but it’s the lyrics that are pushing me forward this morning.

If I’m being completely honest, a new week almost always starts with a list of things I need and want to get done. Planning for the week often trumps praying for the week. And I can feel our week reflecting this in its focus on tasks and schedules over experiences and moments.

This song came on during a run and, after a stressful and self-centered week, I heard the words in a different way. I heard them as a mom who needed a different perspective going into a new week. I heard a prayer for a heart more like Christ’s – full of love and surrender to the will of God. I heard just the thing I knew I needed to start each week.

For King and Country’s The Middle of Your Heart was once a super motivating running song to me, but it is now my morning prayer and motivation as a mom. Take a moment to listen today and I think you’ll know why…

Each Monday {and every other day, too!}, I find myself needing to confess and surrender…

This is where I say I don’t need to have control…
I don’t know how to handle it…
You’re my only hope…
All that I have to offer is the white flag of surrender…

And I pray this to start anew again and again…

Take me to the middle of Your heart
Lead me to wherever Your love starts
To a new day dawning
To the place You are
And if You want to take me over the edge
I’ll let you cause Your love is where I’ll land
Wanna be right where You are,
In the middle of Your heart

My morning couldn’t begin a better way than with these words. It’s a recommitment to love the way He does, start fresh, and take those leaps of faith knowing He will always catch me, full of His never-ending grace.

Specifically, I pray these things over my relationship with my children. I know that my love has its limits, but His does not, and I want to love those boys with His love.

P.S. This song is a really great one to crank up in the car as well. Just so you know.

Boys Walking Thankful

Which leads me to our Love Dare for Parents check-in for the week…

Love Dare Day 8

I feel like this week gave me a LOT to think about, even more than things on which to act. A few questions I am still pondering from this week include:

  • What life skills and life lessons do I want the boys to learn from us?
  • What positive attributes do I see in my kids that I could affirm to them?
  • What changes do I need to make to discipline them with both nurture AND admonition?

Every day is like a baby step toward better parenting for me, and sometimes I wish I even had more than one day to work on a certain dare. If you feel like that as well, feel free to hit pause and spend more time on a lesson you need or want more time to process and act on!

Love Dare Day 9

I am on Day 15 today, but it’s more about continuing the challenge than moving from day to day on schedule. Take it at a speed that feels good to you, but don’t stop! Don’t let life pull you away from this journey!

Love Dare Day 11

What dares are you still processing? Which day this week stuck out in your mind as the most important for your family?

 

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The Love Dare for Parents: Let’s Get It Started!

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Today is the day! It’s time to tackle The Love Dare for Parents summer challenge head on!

Love Dare for Parents Summer Challenge

I took some time over the weekend to read the author’s preface and introduction, and I’m already feeling inspired! A few things I took away from those two sections:

*Children are both our inheritance AND our legacy. They are a gift from the Lord and they are what we send into the future.

*The time we have with our children is fleeting. As the authors, Alex and Stephen Kendrick, say about the time we have with our children before they turn 18:

Moms and dads too often squander this priceless ocean of opportunities while chasing momentary pleasures and pennies in the sand.

There is an awesome, and at the same time terrifying, app called Legacy Countdown. When you enter your child’s graduation date, it lets you know how much more time you have before they leave home. Go ahead. Do it. And have a paper bag nearby for when you realize how short the time is and, in turn, hyperventilate.

*Love is a choice, and it must be made even when we don’t think we can choose it one more time. I’m pretty sure you and I will be greatly challenged by at least one of the love dares over the forty days. We’ll be tired and stressed or at the end of the ropes with one of the kids. And we’ll still be challenged to choose love.

This is a journey of exploring and demonstrating genuine love, even when your desire is dry and your motives are low.

*Don’t just learn it, do it. This is my favorite quote from the beginning and is something I need to apply in every area of my life:

The key is not what you learn but what you actually implement into your relationship with your children on a consistent basis. Truth transforms when it is correctly applied. Anytime you think, “I already know that,” you should follow it up with, “But do I do that?”

Let’s DO this thing, friends! Start with Day 1 today. Do one love dare each day. Don’t get discouraged if you miss a day or take more than one day to do a dare. Just do it and keep going and check back in right here next week!

If you don’t have your book yet, you can order it here and just start whenever you get it OR get the ebook and get started now!

One last thing: Will you join me in praying over this whole group of parents taking the challenge? This is no small thing we’re doing and we need prayers of strength and protection and grace to get us through! I’ll be praying for you every day!

Roll call! Leave a comment if you’re participating in The Love Dare for Parents challenge, tell us about your children, and if you have a blog where you’ll be posting about this, link to your blog as well!

 

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Real Love Playlist {Top Ten Tuesday}

Hearts and flowers and chocolate and…

Does any of this actually equal love?!

When you have kiddos, you start to think about the meaning behind holidays and such a lot more. We don’t want our boys growing up thinking Christmas is all about them getting presents – it’s about Jesus’ birth. We don’t want Easter to be all about egg hunts and candy – we want them to know it is about the death and resurrection of our Savior.

Even though Valentine’s Day isn’t about something as central to our faith as the birth or resurrection of Jesus, it is about love, and the Bible tells us love is pretty important.

Top Ten {Tuesday}

During this time leading up to Valentine’s Day, I wanted to share more with the boys about what REAL LOVE is and looks like, and one of the ways to do this is through music. We are a music family. Someone is always singing in the house and I like it that way 🙂

So I put together a simple playlist on iTunes of songs we already owned that talk about real love – the love of Jesus and how we can spread that love. I had a few people ask what was on our list, so I will share it here today, but you can pick ANY songs that your family enjoys that talk about Jesus’ love and love in action!

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Our Top Ten “Real Love” Songs 

1. Your Love, Oh Lord {Third Day}

2. Your Love is Extravagant {Casting Crowns}

3. Put On Love {Seeds Family Worship}

4. Love Has Come {Mark Schultz}

5. No Greater Love {Seeds Family Worship}

6. It’s About Love {Veggie Tales – The Incredible Singing Christmas Tree}

7. How He Loves {David Crowder Band}

8. His Love Endures {Seeds Family Worship}

9. The Face of Love {Sanctus Real}

10. Do Everything in Love {Seeds Family Worship}

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I tried to make a mixture of songs our whole family would enjoy! I included several songs from Seeds Family Worship because they are actual Scripture verses about love and that is what I want our boys to remember most! Here are the verses for those songs…

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness,humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love… ~Colossians 3:12-14 {ESV}

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Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. ~John 15:13-14 {NIV84}

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Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good.
His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of gods.
His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords:
His love endures forever.

to him who alone does great wonders,
His love endures forever.
who by his understanding made the heavens,
His love endures forever.
who spread out the earth upon the waters,
His love endures forever.

Give thanks to the God of heaven.
His love endures forever. ~Psalm 136:1-6, 26 {NIV84}

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Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love. ~1 Corinthians 16:13-14 {NIV84}

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What would be in your mix for a “real love” playlist?

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