Today’s Theme: Keep Yourself in God’s Love
Today’s Dare: Dare to Love Well
“Build yourself in the most holy faith…keep yourself in God’s love…” Jude 20
About an hour from leaving you yesterday’s faith dare blog, my phone rang. It was my niece. My sister, who had travelled here 5 hours to be at my son’s wedding and spend the week with me, was taken to the ER. I threw on my clothes, zipped over the the local hospital and waited there with my sister and niece, as her other children drove in to be with her too. She is bleeding internally. It seems to be around her knees which she had surgery on last year. She can not walk and as of now, it is doubtful she will be able to attend her nephews wedding.
As you can imagine, losing a day, during THIS week, made for a hardship. But, as you can imagine, seeing my sister, in that much pain and unable to walk, was a hardship of the heart…as I felt for her pain and discouragement. While in the emergency, she received a call from her husband, who was scheduled to come down for the wedding on Friday ( she came early to stay with me and visit and help). Her husband had just been diagnosed with something serious and will most likely not be able to come down and meet her at the wedding.
Lots of disappointment yesterday. But, the dare was to Praise God in all Circumstances. Little did I know when I decided that was my personal DARE, that the days events would prove to make it so hard. But, I did dare myself to keep looking up. And, I am not in a funk, but in a joyful place despite circumstances.
This morning I gave my “groom to be” son a wake up call. Afterall I can’t do that in a few more days. I sang to him, something I sang to him as a child,
“I love you forever, I like you for always. As long as I’m living my son you will be. I love you forever, I like you for always, for you are so special to me….followed by…..what I sang at bedtime….( after all, I was on a roll, and he didn’t hang up or anything ) Good Night. Sleep Tight, Oh, Little One, Good Night Sleep Tight, for your day is done. You’ve played so hard, and now you need rest. Good Night, Sleep Tight and May you be Blessed.”
I shed a tear or two. Thanked him for bearing with my emotions as we make this “change” from him just being my son, to him now having his own household. And, as I hung up…I was satisfied to know. I have spent the past years, loving him well.
Today…I have catch up, lots to do. An errand list….and my dare will be to love well while I am zipping about doing the things on the list. I will look for strangers to be kind to. Reflect on this day’s dare as I prepare my heart for the people I will see at the wedding whom I haven’t been with for years. And, I will set my heart apart to be His. To Live Well, we must Love Well. We do both while connected to Christ…his source, his power, his love.
Go out and Live Well by Loving Well TODAY!