Saturday, February 19, 2011

Love is a Verb

When I was growing up my favorite Christian music group was DC Talk. I grew up with songs like, Free at Last, Jesus Freak, What if I Stumble, and one particular song that has been on my mind this month as we celebrate Valentine’s Day. That song is, ‘Luv is a Verb'. Most of us know that a verb is a word of action. Well, love, is an action.

It seems though, today, that Love tends to be more nounish*. An object that one wishes to possess, or acquire. But it is a selfish love, and easily lost. It is of the kind that desires the benefits of love with out the giving. Love then ceases to be a verb. And when love no longer bears action, it no longer exists.

At Mark’s and my wedding 10 years ago the pastor read a story about a man and his wife. This wife, angry with her husband for his lack of love, went to a lawyer. She wanted a divorce. Not only that but she wanted it to hurt him as bad as He had hurt her. The lawyer leaned forward.
“You really want to hurt him?”
She nodded.
"Then here’s what you should do. Go home. For the next six months treat him like a king. Do everything you can to make him feel loved, and then at the end of the six months, go through with the divorce.”
So she went home, determined to carry it out to the fullest.
Six months later the lawyer called. “Well, are you ready to finalize this divorce?”
“Are you kidding?” she replied. “Our marriage is the best it has ever been!”

Love is a verb. Don't wait for someone else to move. Put your love into action!

The greatest act of love throughout all of history was carried out on a cross over 2000 years ago. Jesus Christ did not stand by and merely offer words, He proved His love, and He proved in eternally. John 4:10 – “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” Did you hear that? He didn’t wait for us to love Him. He chose to love us first. And He acted on it. What an awesome God we serve!

“Back in the day there was a man
Who stepped out of Heaven and he walked the land
He delivered to the people an eternal choice
With a heart full of love and the truth in His voice
Gave up His life so that we may live
How much more love could the Son of God give?
Here is the example that we oughtta be matchin’
Cause love is a word that requires some action.”
- Luv is a Verb, DC Talk

Once again, I feel very blessed to be participating in the Christian Writers Blog Chain. We have had so many great participants this month! You will find their links to your right. :) Please stop in and visit them! Beautiful posts on love! By far the best topic one could write on (in my opinion)! :)

God Bless!

*Sorry. This doesn't appear to be an actual word. But, I kind of needed it. Lol! :)

Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Flylady

Want to declutter and organize your home and your life? I think we all could use some of that! It is hard as a writer, homeschooling mom, and job holder to keep my home clean and not feel overwhelmed. And not to mention, difficult to feel satisfied with myself and my productivity in any area of my life.

Well, there is a site online that has been proving it all possible, regardless of the different directions the pieces of your life are pulled. Visit The Flylady! She came highly recommended to me and I will be starting the BabySteps to get my self organized and develop new - good - habits! :) Join me?!


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Time Wasters, aka This Stupid Computer!

It is amazing how many times I hear people, including myself, talk about the lack of time. It seems that time has almost become non-existent in this fast-paced world we live in. We have jobs, and families, and hectic running back and forth only to find ourselves still short on accomplishment at the end of the day. Our children lack for attention, our homes as well, yet we fling ourselves on a couch for some TV or before a computer to type out our frustrations on Facebook, or Twitter. It will be quick right? And then a video on Facebook directs us to Youtube and Youtube suggests a video that gets us searching and before long an hour (maybe two) has passed. An hour wasted in a world short on hours.

What is your biggest time waster? Mine? The computer. It is too easy to allow the time to pass and things around the house to go undone. My scheduled writing time frequently turns into internet time, and I leave the computer feeling very unaccomplished. But it is my fault. I lack self-discipline. How do you gain it? Practice! Self-discipline is a habit that needs to be developed, and practiced. It's a conscious decision to limit yourself, and you must! Turn those hours of wasted time into productive time and I guarantee you will find that God, in fact, did create enough hours in a day.

It's not to late to make that New Year's resolution. Set some limits and gain some hours!


Friday, February 4, 2011

Tom-Boys and Writing...

After days of searching for a blog background I think I have finally found one that I am satisfied with. My previous one I liked, but was too dark, and everything I searched through was too girly. Don't get me wrong, I love flowers and pink swirls and things like that, but the plethora of girl bling just doesn't scream "me". I'm a country girl to the core. I love the dirt and grime that comes with outside work. I love t-shirts and jeans, hoodies, and tennis shoes (or work boots). I am a tom-boy. But a tom-boy who loves fairytales (I'm a hopeless romantic). Strange combination? Yeah, I think so too.

So, what does this have to do with writing? Well, I've always wondered if it was the tom-boy in me that found it easier to write from a male perspective. I struggle with my female points of view. I struggle with being the girl that needs rescuing or protection. I like to be the one wielding the sword, taking on the bad guys, being the leader. Though I like girly-girls, I find it hard to be one. And yes, I do want characters that are girls, the way most girls are. Like I said, I love fairytales. You know, boy saves girl kinda thing... Not girl saves boy.

So what do you do when you find it hard to fill a role? Do you eliminate the character's point of view? What if it is crucial? How do you fit yourself into a character that just doesn't want to fit you?

Hmmm... any good advice on this subject? Let me know!

God bless and happy writing!