January 30, 2012

29 Days of Love – Invitation

29 Days of Love - Final
So Love. Yes, February is the month for sweethearts – and I totally enjoy the colors, the sentiment, and the idea that we celebrate finding that special someone. But let’s face it; this is a Hallmark Holiday if there ever was one.
Still, one of things about the Month of Love  that I think is often missing is the way we show love to our entire family. Not just our significant other. So this month, we’re going to focus on showing our love to our household. And if you’re single – we’re going to show love to our extended family. And I don’t need to tell you that “family” is a broad term indeed – many of us have people in our heart that are not related by blood, but whom we consider closer than any family we might have. You know who your family is…
In November, we focused on showing thanks for our friends. In December, we focused on our neighbors, our communities, and our world. In January, we focused on ourselves and healthier living. This month, we’re going to extend the true confessions of our heart to those we love the very most.
On that note, I’d like to introduce you to February’s 29 Days of Love
This month we’re going to work out Corinthians 13:4-7 in our homes (and families) and try to come to an understanding of what Love is really supposed to be – not just romantic love, as Hallmark would like you to think – but as we’ve been created for and with those precious people God has placed in our lives to be our family. Let’s review…

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 records of wrongs
Love does not rejoice in evil but rejoices with the truth
It always protects
Always trusts
Always hopes
Always perseveres
In addition to showing the Corinthians love, we can demonstrate tangible versions of our love in lots of fun and endearing and even helpful ways. In a couple days I'll highlight lots of brainstorming ideas and fun ways to express yourself this month to those you love. Be thinking of the Corinthians passage and ponder on the ways you can work on one, two, or all of the items above. I know these aren’t easy – but where’s the challenge in easy?   I’m really excited about this one!!
Let’s put our creative caps on and have some fun showing love for the next 29 Days! Who’s with me?
If you want to participate, I’ll have an official Mister Linky up on February 1st.  I can’t wait to see pictures of the creative stuff you awesome people come up with.  We’re gonna be burning up Pinterest, aren’t we?!
One more day in our "31 Days of Nothing {Unhealthy}" and I can’t believe we made it!  Stayed tuned for my final post on tomorrow! 

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