This week I’m spending most of my time alone with God at a spiritual retreat with my husband. We are totally unplugged – no email, no phone, no TV, no newspaper, no internet (right now it’s 9pm on Friday night July 17th… yes, this is how I spend my Friday nights! Sad, but true!).
My hubby and I have taken part in 3 different retreats before, this will be our first time doing it on our own. From past experiences I know that I will leave this week feeling refreshed, reconnected and mostly LOVED.
The typical day does not consistent of me feeling loved.
No, I often fill my head with thoughts of how UN-loved I am.
I look in the mirror and see the lines I don’t love. I look at my pants that don’t quite button and see the extra parts of my body that I don’t love. I hear the screams of children fighting upstairs and I’m about to tell them just how unloved their behavior is! And the list goes on.
But during this retreat I’m going to spend my time diving into the TRUTH of Who God is = LOVE!
How do you measure love? (the following is from Many Meadows)
Ever find yourself measuring how much you are loved?
Maybe your measure is the number of people reading your blog.
Maybe it’s the number of times your husband or wife tells you they love you.
Maybe it’s whether or not your family cleans up after themselves.
Maybe it’s when life is going well.
And when those things aren’t happening, we just don’t feel loved.
Why do we do that to ourselves, to our family?
You’ve shown me life isn’t easy
I’ve seen you work hard to maintain relationships
The world hasn’t always been kind to you
Yet you cared through your own struggles
You seem to minimize yourself to make more of me
Love isn’t easy
You could have given up many times
Still your love remains
You work hard and give much
Your giving knows no end
You live a life centered in Christ
And share it with me
I grew in the knowledge of truth and love
Which continues to this day
Now I carry on your legacy
Thank you for your gift of real love
Now I pass it on
Your love extends to the next generation
Where your love is complete
Mom and Dad!
I have a wonderful friend who shared an awesome story of TRUE WOMANHOOD today! I asked her if I could share it with you. By the way, if you haven’t been over to truewoman.com, head over after you answer the question below! This week I hope to post my thoughts on the conference. Also, be watching for the Q & A with Darlene Schacht!
Recently, I discovered a recipe for homemade Italian beef that could be made in the crock pot. For those of you who don’t understand my hubby, though he is only half Italian, when it comes to food he is ALL Italian. And Italian beef is just NOT made in a crock pot. So, I did it. And he loved it! Then I shared my secret and he was happy and I was happy and we rode off into the sunset….
Until in one of my “time to clear up the counter clutter” raids, I misplaced (actually came to find out I threw away) the recipe. Well before I realized I threw it out, I googled, I went to bookstores, I went through old magazines (I could not remember where I got the recipe). Then horror struck me. The kind where you feel you know what you must do, but oh the drudgery.
what I am about to share caused me much misery, nausea and lightheadedness…
Since tomorrow is garbage day, I figured if I DID throw it out, today would be my last chance to dig through a week’s worth of garbage to find out. I put on my gloves, of course, and started digging. And there it was, in the LAST bag, in pieces! I pieced it together, (as I was dry heaving, no joke) and after removing the gloves and washing my hands, wrote the recipe down.
What have you done for love recently? Would you dumpster dive for a recipe for your beloved or am I completely alone in this?
Please share your comments to give my friend some grand encouragement!