It (love) does not dishonor others…” Good morning ya’ll. I pray that you have a phenomenally great day today. When we hear the stories of wrongfully treated individuals whether because of their race, their sexual orientation, their hair color, their weight, their nationality, or their age, it should definitely break our hearts. Jesus is love! God is love! And if we could see all people through their eyes, can you even imagine how their views are so much more hopeful, beautiful, and joyful than our views have ever been? From birth we are taught to see those differences beginning with short and tall, small and large, black and white, but imagine what our world might look like if we were never taught to see and label those differences. Truly though, the world which I would like to leave my children and grandchildren behind in is a word which sees those differences, but embraces all of those differences. Try to imagine what love looks like. What do you see? I see a man, broken and beaten and ripped and riddled to His core, hanging on a cross, drenched in fresh blood and dried blood, struggling for each breath crying out to His very own Father, our Father too, asking Him to forgive us as we have done this to Him and we knew not what we were doing. I see that love which never passed judgement on anyone else based on how they looked or based on their past mistakes, He loved purely and freely with out dishonoring others, but always honoring God. Love cannot dishonor others and at the same time honor God. If God is love and Jesus is love and Jesus always honored God and God always honors us, then how can any of that ever equal to us dishonoring anyone and calling that love? Have a spectacular day today Love San 🤗
It (love) is not proud…” Good morning ya’ll. I pray that you have a fantastic day today. “Pride comes before a fall.” That’s the well known quote derived from Proverbs 16:18. We strive to be strong and to put up a facade that seems impenetrable so that the world around us can not see the pain which still runs within us so deeply yet so close to the surface that one mere scratch could bring that deeply hidden pain right to the surface. Pride keeps us from allowing those who we love to get close enough to us to see our scars, to hear our real hearts, to feel our emotional shakiness, but the truth is that we all need to let the pain rise to the surface and be let out and true love let’s this pain and hurt be released and talked about without judgements and without scalding. If we try to hold it all inside because our pride tells us that we simply can’t let others know how truly broken we are inside, then that very same pride which appeared to have always kept us strong will eventually lead us to our breakdowns. God has placed those who love you in your life for good reasons and one of those reasons is because God knows we all need someone there to talk to, to listen to us, to simply hold our hands tight in theirs or to embrace us in a warm and genuine hug when we simply break down and we cannot find the words. Let’s choose to not be too proud to ask those who love us for help and let’s not be too proud to admit when we are done being strong and we are ready to rest. Don’t let your pride lead you to the downfall that you didn’t need because you missed the chance that God’s true love, God’s true Son, and the loved ones God has blessed help you heal completely. Whatever the hurt and brokenness is that you are carrying choose today to lay pride down and let true love surround you, embrace you and help you begin to truly heal. Have an amazing day today Love San 🤗
Good morning ya’ll. I pray that you have a phenomenal day today. “It (love) does not boast…” Love does not brag! In fact true love does not need to brag. True love in any relationship just tends to easily shine without ever once having to brag. Love was never meant to be a one up contest. We do for one another because we love each other not because we are trying to earn brownie points or worse, not so that we can use it as ammunition in a fight at a later time. None of us has to do those nice and kind things, but we do them because we love the people that we do them for. Love simply without hesitation and without second guessing, goes above and beyond what we would normally do even for ourselves because love is kind and love embraces and celebrates. We love each other. We want to show love to one another and raise our children in a world motivated by love not driven by hate, and the very best way to do this is to love one another with true love which does for each other without bragging about what we did or throwing those good things that we did back at one another. Paul wrote to the church of Corinth in 1 Corinthians 1:31 “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” So if we are to brag about love in our lives let’s brag about the love that God showed for us in sending His Son, Jesus to die for us. Let’s brag about God’s unending love for us despite our pasts, despite our current flaws, despite our potential future trip ups. Let’s brag about the people God has blessed us with and how grateful we are to have them all in our lives. And let’s allow our actions of true love to tell the beautiful stories of just how much we love those wonderful people God has blessed us with and just how much we love our Heavenly Daddy. Have a spectacular day today Love San 😊
Good morning ya’ll. I pray that you have a wonderful day today. “It (love) does not envy…” Love does not get jealous. True love has no reason to. True love simply trusts that what is said and done in any relationship is said and done out of love for the other. Jealousy comes in all varieties. All shapes and sizes. Brother jealous of brother, spouse jealous of spouse, sister jealous of sister, friend jealous of friend. This is what we tend to buy into as we grow more worldly and less like Jesus. Jesus knew as He prayed in the garden of Gesthsemane that His severe beatings and ultimate cruel death would soon be upon Him all the while just a few feet away His friends were able to sleep peacefully unaware of what Jesus was about to face. Jesus could have gotten jealous. He could have said, “Father, why can’t it be Peter instead of me. He’s the hot headed one.” Or “Why can’t it be Judas, after all He’s the one who ratted me out for a few measly pieces of gold. Why can’t He endure what I have to endure?” Not Jesus! Jesus IS true love. He is the truest and purest form of love and He never looked to the left or to the right to see who might have what better than Him or who might not have to face what He was going to face. Jesus walked the earth completely aware of what was to be His fate all the while He loved with the purest of heart and He served with the truest of intentions. In His own words He told us that, “the Son of Man did not come to be served, but rather to serve…” Matthew 20:28. If Jesus loved all of us like this shouldn’t we too love one another with the same true love, no jealousy involved. Yes, your brother might play basketball better than you do, but God gave you the gift of drawing so rather than be jealous of what you don’t have embrace the gifts you do have and celebrate your brother’s gifts. Yes your spouse may have a better sense of direction than you do, but you are the better cook. Embrace and celebrate! Yes your sister might have the better fashion sense and nicer car, but you have great hair and an eye for the arts. Embrace and celebrate. Sure your friend’s husband makes a lot more money than your husband does and their house and their children are always immaculate, but your home is always filled with love, laughter and praise. Embrace and celebrate! The enemy wants to create divisions between us all by convincing us that it is our right to be jealous when we don’t have exactly what someone else does or better than someone else has. God tells us plain and simple true love, “it does not envy…(it is not jealous). From this day on let’s all choose, when jealousy may begin to creep in, to embrace and celebrate! Have a blessed and wonderful day today Love San 🤗
Good morning ya’ll. I pray that you have a terrific day today. “…love is kind.” Have ya’ll ever seen the KIND bar commercials where they say things like, “it’s nice to…, but kind never had to.” I think of that very sentiment when I read these 3 words from 1 Corinthians 13:4. It’s nice to say your sorry when you hurt someone’s feelings, but kind never had to. Kind is nice with thoughtfulness. Kind considers other people’s feelings at all times, not after the fact. Kind sees people’s hearts before choosing to pass judgment. Kind doesn’t want to see others fail so that we look better, kind longs to see others succeed. Kind wants to lift others up, not tear them down. Nice could have been left with Jesus seeing those who society rejected and simply saying, “Oh there’s nothing wrong with them. Don’t judge them.” Kindness sent Jesus over to the table to sit among them, talk to them, get to know them. Often people mistake kindness for weakness and will seek to take advantage of someone else’s kindness. But really when you think about it, most people were afraid to sit with those same “rejects” that Jesus sat with, but Jesus did because He knew that the power of His kindness which showed God’s love was far more powerful than any human hand because what would always be remembered was the kindness and true love that showed in that moment and that’s what was more important. Kind sees where the actions of true love can make a huge impact and then kindnesses springs into action. Kindness lives within all of our hearts, we just need to allow God to strengthen us to live, love and act from kindness. If you ask me, the world definitely needs more of that. Have a spectacular day today Love San 😁
Good morning ya’ll. I pray that you have a magnificent day today. “Love is patient, love is kind…” I’m telling you what. It’s pretty amazing to really focus on these nibbles of scripture. They will tend to speak to us in different ways. As I began writing this weeks messages and I re-read the beginning of this passage I began to think about some of our family’s most treasured recipes. I have learned how to make two of the most popular recipes, Granny’s chocolate pies and mom’s chocolate peanut butter fudge. Both recipes are truly what many would call a labor of love. I don’t make them often, but when I do you can believe that I must have the right mindset. I have to kind of psych myself up or else the very real possibility exists that something will go wrong and then I will have nothing to show for my hard work. As I made a plate of mom’s fudge over the weekend I thought about this beginning part of 1 Corinthians 13:4 because it definitely takes patience to make both of these recipes, but the reason I do it is because I know how much my family and friends love mom’s fudge and it’s my kind way of letting them know that I love them. Love is patient, love is kind. We could read just this beginning part of the “Love” scripture at the beginning of every day and still we can be reminded that not only does this scripture talk to us and remind us how we are to show and share love with others, but we can also be reminded of just how God loves us. I can easily see in my own life how God’s love for me has been much like making the fudge or the chocolate pie. God’s love for me has been so patient even during the times when the recipe didn’t turn out quite right and His love for me has been so kind, sending me the wonderful blessings of the successfully completed recipes so that I can truly enjoy every blessing and share my blessings with so many in the world. Have a terrific day today Love San 🤗
Good morning ya’ll. I pray that your day is wonderful and peaceful. “Love is patient…” Here we stop to examine the first statement in the beginning of one of the most well know love scriptures in the bible. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 has been quoted at many weddings many times over with the hopes and prayers that this scripture would be referred back to whenever the daily struggles of life begin to invade the unity and joy of the happy couples and wreak havoc on their marriage. The truth is 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 was written for all of us married and unmarried. So we begin with “love is patient…” Where can we all look at our own lives and see that we may have already come up short in this part of the scripture? It may be in the past and there may be little that we can do to change that now, but going forward we can keep this beginning line in this well known scripture in the front of our hearts and minds when dealing with those we love and even those who we may not even know. Since God has called us all as His children to grow from love, then it is logical to assume that the words found in 1 Corinthians 13 are the guidelines for which we can grow our lives in love. God says, “Child, grow from love in all that you do. In every answer and response that you give, in every hand that you hold, in every task that you complete for Me, let love be the frame that sets your life apart from all the rest. You are My child and within you I created a heart made to love. Do not let the world take your heart and change it to their conformities. When you begin to lose your patience take a deep breath, walk away a moment. Remember love is patient and I will help you grow and go forward from there. This I can promise you always!” “Love is patient…” every day ya’ll. Every day! Have a spectacular day today Love San 😃
Good morning ya’ll. I pray that you have a bueno day today! (Thanks Diana and Amanda!)
“3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.”
So in all that we can do to show love, towards the world and towards God. If we do any of those tasks without love, we are wasting our time. If we are going to give even $5 to a man on the corner, but we gripe about not having that $5 later because we just had to be charitable or we simply give the $5 but we walk away thinking, “He’s probably going to just buy some booze with it.” Then we might as well keep our $5 and our judgment or our gripes since we don’t intend to give our gifts out of love. If we are going to commit ourselves to the service of God, but we are going to complain the whole time that we are doing it, then we should probably consult with our Heavenly Father to ask Him what other ways we can commit ourselves to serving Him which we would truly love doing. I truly love writing and therefore I absolutely look forward to preparing each new message to send out to all of the amazing friends and family who allow me to share my messages, and I love each and every one of you. If we are going to give of ourselves in charity or in time, let’s choose to first ask God to reveal to us in truth exactly what we can do in service which we will truly love always doing. God doesn’t want us to be complaining or judging when we are serving Him. If we should find ourselves complaining even as we are doing the things we love, let’s stop, pray, thank God that we are still able to do these things, and ask God to center our hearts back on Him and on doing the tasks and giving of ourselves in true love. Have a fantastic day today Love San 🤗🤗
Good morning ya’ll. I pray that you have a great day today. 2 “If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.” Have you ever seen a magician at work? They are downright impressive to watch. Especially to a simpleton like me. I sit in awe and wonder simply fully entertained never once even coming close to being able to fathom how they managed to pull off making the magic happen. When I read verse 2 of the 13th chapter of 1 Corinthians what comes to mind for me are those television evangelical preachers like Jim Bakker who were quick to speak God’s word and motivate others while all the time they were collecting the mounds of money the good, unsuspecting crowds in attendance were giving in faith and misusing that money, or they were condemning others for their wrong actions all the while behind the scenes they themselves were committing even greater offenses. I put forth this disclaimer here and now…I am far, far from perfect and you can best believe that I have done or said things in my past which I’m none too proud of, but that’s what God has changed in me. I get to send out these messages to all of you because of God’s good grace that He gave me, not because I earned this gift in any way. God changed and shaped my heart with His neverending love so that my life could be fully transformed and my heart could truly forgive and truly love others. We can attempt to stand before the world and preach of how good or how great we are, but if we don’t truly live and operate in love, then we are simply loud mouthed self-absorbed noise makers bringing nothing good forth for ourselves or anyone else. If we can go on stage in front of crowds and pull off lots of amazing tricks to fool the crowd, but we turn around and mock those people in the crowd as soon as we get off of the stage unaware that the cameras are still rolling on us, then what have we accomplished? We have simply tricked some people into believing what we wanted them to believe. However, when we live and operate from true love, true love which sees and knows no difference and no boundaries to that love, then we can trust and believe that our love shared without prejudice will be multiplied and find it’s way back to us tenfold. Thanks be to God. Have a wonderful day today Love San ☺
Good morning ya’ll. I pray that you have a great day today.
1 “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.”
If I share my messages, post my devotions on Facebook, speak of God’s goodness and promises in my own life and in the lives of others, but I don’t have true love…true, true love in my heart, then I am simply throwing around empty words and spending breaths of hot air. We all know that a whole bunch of hot air can make brilliant and beautiful balloons fly high into the sky and travel great distances, but when the hot air runs out inevitably the balloon must come back down to the ground. However, when we climb a mountain and make it to the top, we can be fairly certain that the mountain is not going to run out of strength to keep us there. We can trust that the mountain will not move from underneath our feet. I don’t want to be just the hot air lifting the spirits of those who read my messages or hear my exclamations of praise. Yes, I want to lift others up and encourage them, but I also definitely want to keep them there. I want to help them not only see the mountain of obstacles before them and be encouraged that with God the mountain is nothing more than a small pebble and know that God will get them to the top. I also want to support everyone who reads my messages, hears my praises and encouragement and feels my arms wrapped around them so that they know that with true, true love in my heart I want to see them through every trial, problem, discouragement, and letdown all the way to their victory and then I want to be there to celebrate their victories with them. I pray that the beginning of 1 Corinthians 13 will keep me focused on truly loving and caring for all the wonderful people that God has blessed me with so that they know that my actions and my encouraging words and my inspiring messages aren’t just pretty words typed on paper or posted on social media to make them feel better for just a little while. May the love we all share with one another be a love that builds us up and supports us through our lifetimes.