Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Love One Another

Pure JOY is watching you girls not just play together, but ENJOY each other.  My heart melts as I watch you care for each other, help each other, remember each other, encourage each other - basically LOVE each other.  There have been times when I worry that having a larger family will make it easier for one of you to get lost in the cloud of pink; but as I watch you girls together it is confirmed (once again) that true love multiplies itself, and there will ALWAYS be enough.  As I pray for each of you individually, and for us as a family; I sense that God is showing me that our family life is where and how you girls are learning to LOVE.  A tad scary since 1 Corinthians 13 portrays love as being patient, not easily angered, and keeps no record of wrongs - among other things.  Not that the 'other' things are a piece of cake, but those 3 mentioned are a wee bit hard for mommy sometimes.  My prayer is that by the time you read this, you'll be SHOCKED to think that I struggled in those areas.  Hey, miracles do happen.  Lord knows I have AMPLE opportunity to work on these issues.
Anyway, getting back on track . . .
My and Papi's desire is that we would create and foster a home where the Holy Spirit dwells, and where LOVE abides.  Our desire is that you girls would grow to love the Lord with a passion and single mindedness that would become holistic.  Now, with us, with your sisters, here in Dublin is where you will learn to grow in love - not just ours, but your heavenly Father's.  Pretty cool, I know.  Yep, our desire is that:
"This is how we know what love is:  Jesus Christ laid down His life for us.  And we ought to lay down our lives for our sisters (everyone). 
Dear Children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and  in truth." 1 John 3:16 & 18

Girls, as you 'travel' through this life - who you ARE because of your love for God will be your testimony.  Because:
No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.  1 John 4:12
Watching you girls together is a testimony to me of God's love, and I am excited to see what God has in store for each of you and for us as a family - because our desire is to LOVE much, LOVE always, using God's LOVE.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Why I NEED To Be Near Stella - ALWAYS!

Need I say more than the title??? (said with eyes rolling)  You can probably tell by her lack of tears that this happens FAR more than it should.