"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."
James 1:2-4

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Finally, My Love Challenge Response...

Better late than never...

The biggest lesson I learned from the “The Love Challenge” was…

drum roll please...

I am so totally and completely selfish!

I learned that it is much easier for me to extend grace, show mercy and have patience with total strangers than with the people I love the most in this world.  I also learned that in terms of the way I give my love,  I have serious expectations; spiritual, emotional and physical.  "It’s all about me" can quickly and so easily become my mantra if I’m not careful and always aware! 

I am reminded that apart from Jesus it is impossible for me to love the way Jesus loves.  But there is really good news, with Him I can do all things and nothing is impossible for Him! (Phil. 4:13 & Mark 9:23)  So like I stated in previous posts, “The Love Challenge” is going to be a regular part of my life from now on.  I need that reminder often of how I am to love others and of what LOVE truly is because sadly I apparently forget a lot!

 As always, I would love to hear your comments good or bad! 

Joyfully, Ashley

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