Posts Tagged ‘love’

So…I had an idea. Shocking, right? I figured it was something I could finally use the blog for.

Anyway, a friend of mine was telling me she wanted to learn to love the way God loves. Naturally, I immediately told her to read 1 Corinthians 13, the ultimate definition of love. But then today, (in the shower of course. I have SO many great ideas in the shower and then I forget them immediately. Showers are like pot). I had an idea to try to focus, for two weeks, simply on loving the way God loves. In 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Paul lists 14/15 aspects of pure love.

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

So what I plan to do is each day, for two weeks, write down one of these love traits on my hand or my arm or whatever, as a constant reminder for the day to focus on that aspect of love.  I’m calling it “Project Love” because I’m effing creative.

So here goes, tomorrow, May 4, 2011, will be Day1 of Project Love. Starting with “Patience.”

I encourage everyone to try this with me and together maybe we can start loving more like God. 🙂

~ Ry

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One Hour To Live

Posted: January 11, 2011 in Uncategorized
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So…I was just told that in exactly one hour (after this blog is submitted) I will faint and die. That’s it. Not tragically, painfully, or dramatically, just faint and never wake up.

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What am I going to do with this last hour of my life, you ask?

Well that’s what I’m here to tell you, Grasshopper!

First of all, I would take advantage of my blogging time and write about what I really think of some people, but would ruin relationships to tell them. Also, I would leave a Facebook message saying the same blahbity blah that I will say to my family in the next step, to all 156 of my only true friends! If you aren’t on Facebook or not a friend of mine on Facebook, consider yourself unfriended.

Secondly, I’d tell my family I love them and what not, and to save their sorrow for souls in doubt, cuz I’ll be in paradise 🙂 (Which is why I’m not gonna worry or freak, I’m at peace about this. I just want to enjoy my last few…hour)

“Save sorrow for the souls in doubt”

Thirdly, I would drive to a certain girl’s house, (hopefully she’s home…) Kiss her, tell her how I really feel and that I’m sorry I didn’t take a chance when I should have. This would take up probably a good 20 minutes of my hour, but I’ve been dying (Ironic?) to do this.

Now, about 35-40 minutes left.

Now that I’ve taken care of all the friends and family closure business, on to the funnest half hour of my life.

I would drive down I-275 as fast as my little Grand Prix will take me! I’ll go to the airport, (traffic doesn’t slow me down at this point in my life) I’d run to the nearest plane, jump in the cockpit, and take off! There’s no point in being scared, I’m dying either way.

I’m taking this plane to space.

I would fly straight up as fast as possible until I finally leave Earth’s gravitational pull. Now, I wait. All I can do is float away into space for the last 10 minutes of my life and hope I see something awesome, which impossible not to see in space. I’ll enjoy the view until the rest of my hour is up, after which I can see it anytime I want. 🙂

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Well, the first half is true. The second half is what I would want to do.  The most important thing would be getting things off my chest that have been taking up space there for so long. And I just can’t get over how amazing space is.

What would you do with an hour to live?

Oh yeah, see what I did with the title there?

This is the song Cody and Cory are playing at church along with my message this Sunday. (I’m speaking! Yay!) Ahem, anyway, I love the lyrics. Also,

This song nearly makes me cry, honestly, especially when they played it at the retreat. I wasn’t the only one though.

This Sunday is going to be awesome! I just have to make it through the week.

Love Is:

Posted: January 4, 2011 in Uncategorized
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This is what happens when I don’t want to go to bed and have magic markers.

🙂

Day 18: Your Beliefs

I thought about typing up the longest post of my life. I thought about typing the shortest, most concise  post of my life. Instead, I’ll let God speak for himself.

Genesis 1:1

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Romans 3:23

All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

Romans 6:23

The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.

John 3:16

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

John 14:6

“I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

1 Corinthians 13

1 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love

Why is “love” always in bold, you ask?

1 John 4:7

Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

13 This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit.14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. 16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 17 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear,because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

19 We love because he first loved us. 20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 21 And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.

Mark 12:29

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’[b]31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[c] There is no commandment greater than these.”

In summary:

God created us to love him. We screwed it up. He sent his son, from heaven, in the flesh, born in a barn, to DIE, to be beaten, mocked, whipped, betrayed, and CRUCIFIED for OUR mistakes! So that we can still be with him someday. That’s what makes Christianity different. God came to us. We don’t get to heaven based on what we do, how good we are, how much we pray, or what we offer to God. All we have to do is love him back. What is Christianity? Love.


Day 10: Discuss Your First Love and First Kiss

Great. The girl I mentioned in an earlier blog. We’re no longer together, unfortunately, but that’s not what this is about. We have dated a few times since junior high. Most recently was the longest time, a total of five months. The first kiss was like, December 6th? 2008? I believe, it was a few days after we started dating. It was our first kisses for both of us. The long-distance relationship thing didn’t work out, but I know I’ve never felt that way about anybody else. But everything ends eventually. If she still lived here we would still be together, but it just sucked that way. So, yeah.

“Breaking up is like tipping over a Coke machine. You can’t do it in one shove, you have to rock it back and forth a few times before it falls over.”

I just love that quote. If I told you it was from a “Teensinlovequotes” Twitter account you would fall in love with it. But it’s from Seinfeld, so you’ll probably think “Gross, the 90s.” If you are a female, that is.