Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Day Eleven - love always protects

Whoo hoo!  We made it through the eight days of what love is not and now comes the really good stuff!  The next four days we will go over the last four characteristics of love based on 1 Corinthians 13:4-7.  These four things not only say what love is - but what love is ALWAYS!  Here we go!
Day eleven - love always protects.  According to my favorite search engine, Google defines protects as to keep safe from harm.  The Message says takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, the Easy-to-Read Version refers to it as love never gives up on people, the Living Bible tells us love is loyal no matter the cost, and The Voice references love puts up with anything and everything that comes along.

It's easy to think of protecting as a physical protection but I believe (and am learning!) that it is so much more!  It is protecting my husband's dignity when I go out with the girls.  I shouldn't use this time with friends as a session to air my gripes.  My sweet hubby does so much for our family that if I have a gripe, it's usually because something didn't go my way (as a result of me dishonoring him) or because I was snarky on the way out the door (obviously by being easily angered).  None of these showed that I actually love my husband - and I absolutely do!  Another thing I must remember is that I must show love to him and protect him the way that I want to be loved and protected.  I think we can all agree that we do not want our significant others ranting to their friends about us when we aren't around.  Can I get an AMEN?!

Protection can also be applied to our kiddos.  I know we all want to keep our kiddos safe and protected physically but keeping them safe and protected emotionally is also showing love.  I'm (slowly!) understanding this as a mom of a teenager.  Teens are funny - they love to share just about anything with their friends on social media but as soon as their mom posts something about them, the wrath of the teen comes down!  Surely I'm not the only mom who deals with this?!  But, as moms we must learn to protect our kiddos and if not sharing that photo or moment will do that, we must show them that we love them more than (that really super cute!) post on Instagram! #workinprogress

This can apply to so, so, SO many areas of our life.  I can't say that I'm good at this.  What I do hope and pray is that I can get better.  Let's see some encouraging verses from the Bible about protection and love:

For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.
Proverbs 2:10-11 (NIV)

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.
The one who guards a fig tree will eat its fruit, and whoever protects their master will be honored.

Proverbs 27:17-18 (NIV)


And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil people, for not everyone has faith. But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.

2 Thessalonians 3:2-3 (NIV)


This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus.
1 John 4:17 (NIV)
I think we can all agree the ol' WWJD saying from the 90's definitely could serve as a great reminder for us in every situation!  Even if I might not know exactly how Jesus would handle a particular situation, usually I am 99% positive how he would NOT handle it.  It's not easy loving the right way, but it's always the right thing to do!
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I hope you'll come back tomorrow for love always trusts.

Have a blessed day!  Gig 'em and God bless!
Holly

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6 comments:

  1. I totally know that it only sours my heart more when I do this to my poor hubby! Carly is the one I think I'm going to need to be more careful about....because teachers at school will say something about posts they have seen she has been really asking me not to post.

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    1. It's so hard. It feels good to vent and get it out but while it might be out of my system, I've just allowed it to enter someone else's and mis-understand my hubby. It's completely not fair and I definitely get my feelings hurt when I feel like he's thrown me under the bus. My kiddos are quick to tell me, "Mom, do NOT post this!". I feel like if they feel strongly enough to tell me that I need to respect that. Otherwise, what might show up on social media of me that I don't want?! :)

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  2. I learned this lesson with Penelope when we went bra shopping. Posted it to Facebook knowing none of her friends would see, only to have the moms of her friends tell her friends. She was so embarrassed and mad. Now i dont post or tag without permission.

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    1. Yep - I have to ask before I post anything. But, I think the older they get the more they appreciate that you care enough to ask. (and I like to understand why certain things are no no's to post!) :)

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  3. I always tell my PreK kids, What Would Jesus Do? Or how do you think that would make Jesus feel?

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