Love is … patient, kind, does not envy, does not boast, is not proud, is not rude, is not self-seeking … (I Corinthians 13)
This beautiful passage is all-too-familiar to me, because I’ve heard it all of my life; I even memorized it as a child. It’s easy to read, but not always easy to live out – completely. I don’t know about you, but I really want to learn how to love more.
It’s easy to love when life is cruising along just fine.
It’s hard to love when life gets complicated and painful.
I have the above “list” posted on my refrigerator, as a gentle reminder as I walk by, of God’s love that is foundational for all other loves. It reminds me that true love gives itself freely as a gift, not as a bribe for something in return. It doesn’t bargain or manipulate or seek to control. It protects, trusts, and hopes.
And it captures my heart.
Today on RE, before we come together at the Relevant ’11 conference later this year, Tsh Oxenriender (Simple Mom), Ann Voskamp (Holy Experience), and I are giving away copies of our books, along with a gorgeous, springy apron from Debbie (The Hip Hostess).
Consider this giveaway a beautiful GIFT OF LOVE from the 4 of us to you.
Comment to WIN (one of these items) that I promise will refresh your soul:
â€¢ LOVE of EVERY DAY BLESSINGS. One Thousand Gifts, by Ann Voskamp: Learn how to embrace a lifestyle of radical gratitude and love. This book is a reminder of how to LIVE OUT I Corinthians 13.
â€¢ LOVE of HOME. Organized Simplicity, by Tsh Oxenreider: Truths about intentional living and organization. This book is a gift of love wrapped up in practical tips and insights about daily living.
â€¢ LOVE of HOSPITALITY. The Reluctant Entertainer: My book shares about the gift of hospitality. I believe that you will experience LOVE in a greater way if you learn to give of yourselves to others.
â€¢ LOVE of APRONS. Wearing The Hip Hostess aprons inspires and reminds us to love our homes, our kitchens, our families, and our guests. As we “tie one on” we can love by being grateful for all of our blessings.
ANSWER TO WIN:
What part of I Corinthians 13 captures your heart?
Contest ends Friday night at midnight, 2/11/11.
4 winners will be announced on Monday, February 14th.
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(Thank you Tsh, Ann, and Debbie for your generosity and gift of LOVE! If you want to learn more about these books, head on over to Amazon and read all of the reviews. And if you really can’t wait to see if you won on Valentine’s Day, get back over to Amazon and purchase your copy now!)