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New Outlook on Old Words

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is  not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.                                     1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NIV)

These verses are often read at weddings or referenced on plaques we hang in our houses, but I never really gave it too much thought. Yes, we know love is patient and kind. What of it?

While reading Holly Gerth’s book she describes how God loves us and wants us to love others ( Safe Person Checklist, page 107). What this does is takes the above verses and puts them in a new outlook that hits home. In reading the list I kept thinking “I need a lot of work to match this list.” However, that’s the point. No one in this world is perfect; However, as long as we are striving to love this way, we are following in God’s footsteps. So, let’s take a quick look and be honest with yourself on whether it describes you or not.

    • Practices patience (This can be tough for me)
    • Treats you with kindness
    • Finds joy in your blessings and success (yours, not just their’s)
    • Stays humble
    • Considers your needs
    • Gives unselfishly
    • Is slow to become angry (I need a lot of work with this one!)
    • Doesn’t hold grudges (sometimes it’s hard not to)
    • Defends you
    • Trusts you
    • Hopes for the best
    • Sticks with you no matter what

Anyone who has read this blog in the past knows I have patience issues! It’s something that I continually try to work on but am unsuccessful most of the time. If only I could pick up some patience while grocery shopping!

Of course, I have several other areas I need to work on as well but my top two would be having more patience and stop getting angry so quickly. In fact, they kind of seem to go hand in hand, don’t they?

What tricks do you have that help calm you down when you feel like biting the head off of someone who has angered you?

Butterfly In The Sky

The past week has consisted of me going through my normal routine and a lot of reading. While I’m not a fast reader, I definitely think my reading is getting faster. It may be because I’m reading more, or maybe I just think I’m getting faster! This past week I read a couple of books that don’t fit in my normal reading repertoire.

First, I picked up Holly Gerth’s latest book:

This book is one I would normally pass up because it appears to be one of those “touchy feely” books which may be great, but just aren’t that exciting for me. So, what made this one different? Honestly, it was the cover. Yep, I judged a book by its cover and I do it all the time! The simple elegance made me pick the book up, but after reading the first few pages I decided to give it a try. Holly’s writing style is very conversational and witty. It took me roughly 2-3 days to read this book. There are multiple tools you can use to examine your place in God’s journey and whether you’re headed in the right direction.

Sure, I hear all the time that God has a plan for us, blah blah blah. I mean no disrespect in saying that, but that’s all it has felt like for the most part. Someone saying it because every one else does and it’s what we tell people who are going through a hard time so they can cope better. However, Holly brings that to a different level. She helps you to see what that path may be for you. I found it inspiring and thought provoking. When I have some quiet time, I still ruminate over my LIFE plan (AKA mission plan). If you’re floundering a little bit and feel your life doesn’t really seem to have much purpose at the moment, I’d recommend giving this a read.

The second book I finished this week was Nancy Makin’s 703:

It’s important to note the “A Memoir” part of the title. That’s exactly what this book is. It chronicles Nancy life from early on through when she lost her weight. If you’re looking for a book that describes how she lost the weight, what she ate, what exercises she did, this is NOT the book for you. You will hear her story and be moved by many of the hardships she faced. To date, she’s lost 500lbs without the aid of gastric bypass, strict diets, or any other lose weight quick tools. She conquered her battle of the bulge my finding her self worth and moving more.

While I enjoyed her story, I do wish she would have focused more on how she was able to lose the weight as opposed to what lead to her gaining the weight. How was she able to pull herself out of the merck? Yes, the internet’s anonymity helped, but there was a lot more going on inside of her than she put on paper. Nancy injects her humor throughout the book which lightens up some of the more serious moments. I was shocked by some of the snide comments people would make about her with her being right there, like she didn’t even matter. It’s truly upsetting to think people can have such a lack of consideration. Yes, she was large, but she was still a person. There is no doubt that Nancy is a fighter and I wish her luck for the rest of her speaking career.

While we’re speaking of books, I got my first library card in over a decade this weekend! Previously, I’d been buying the books and donating them when I was finished. Now, I can go and reserve books that I’d like to read but not necessarily own.

Plus, there’s a library right by the park and waterway where I can sit back and enjoy the lovely Spring weather!

All in all, I enjoyed both books even though they aren’t my norm. However, I think it’s good to get out of your comfort zone and explore new territory!

What’s the most recent book you’ve read to date?