Lots of Love

Well, January is gone.  We're about to be seeing little cupids flying around shooting arrows at unsuspecting folks - ha! I'm sorry....the whole idea of little naked babies flying around is just strange to me! Who came up with that anyway?

It seems like as soon as we take down decorations for one holiday, there's another one calling for our attention.  But as much as I love to decorate, I just don't really do much for Valentines Day.  I did put this wreath on the front door:

It's actually one I use at Christmas, but I thought it would still look good for the winter months - and there is red in it!

And take a look at my table centerpiece in the breakfast area:

I wish I could take credit for this, but I saw it on another blog.  I've done something similar before with candy appropriate for what ever holiday, but I never thought about adding color coordinating ribbon to dress up a plain candle.  No need to buy new candles for every holiday....just add ribbon!
I put this candle with a sweet little bow and crystal beads  in the kitchen window.
Need a little love while doing dishes too!

Speaking of V Day and love..........I sure do love my boys!  I'm so blessed to have such a good man (I'm now picturing Carrie Underwood singing that new song of hers, "Mama's Song"....and he is good...so good... he treats your little girl like a real man should....  Sorry. I got carried away. But that's my man :) 

I'm also so blessed by that boy God gave me almost 17 years ago (his birthday is next month).  I can hardly believe it's been that long!  It seems just like yesterday that I had words with a little girl on the playground at day care for messing with him.  Yes. I did that.  I mean not in a bad way that would have gotten me into trouble.  But I just can't stand for someone to mess with my child - or my husband either for that matter.  Or anyone in my family for that matter.  Not even my dog! 

I've willingly put myself in sticky situations a few times over the years in order to stand up for someone I cared about.  And there comes a point in time when we all have to stand up for something.  We just need to make sure that 'something' is worthwhile and God-honoring.  And yes, I'm talking to myself too ;)

I've often wondered about my reactions to injustice over the years.  Did I handle the situation the correct way?  In the heat of the moment, it's hard to stop and think about what we 'should' do.  And all too often, people do NOTHING.  Parents sometimes remain silent for lack of not knowing WHAT to do.  I think it's our responsibility to stand up for our children in the appropriate situations.  If we don't, then who will?

Nothing gets to me quite like a school bully, lazy leaders, or intentionally malicious pot-stirrers. Yes.....I'm trying to cover the spectrum of my past experiences ;)

But I honestly do want to react to difficult situations in a way that will honor Christ.  When I do that, I know I won't have to live with guilt (and I've had to a few times)....guilt from doing/saying the wrong thing and guilt from choosing to do nothing. 

1 Peter 3:16-18 says:

"Do what is right; then if men speak against you, calling you evil names, they will become ashamed of themselves for falsely accusing you when you have only done what is good.  Remember, if God wants you to suffer, it is better to suffer for doing good than for doing wrong!  Christ also suffered.  He died once for the sins of all us guilty sinners, although he himself was innocent of any sin at any time, that he might bring us safely home to God."

I pray that the Lord will give me the discernment I need to choose wisely the battles than I must enter.  I pray that he will help me keep silent when my thoughts would make matters worse, but to be bold enough to speak up when I should, doing so in love and honoring Christ with my actions.

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