Encouragement, Grace-Filled, Love, Self-Sacrificing, Unconditional Love

Real Love Is

It’s Five Minute Friday and I love joining Kate Matoung and the other FMF ladies for a Friday day of 5-minute blogs.  Come join in!

What is “real” love?  Real love is the kind of love Jesus has for us.  It is that unconditional love – love that expects absolutely nothing in return.  It’s about caring about others and expecting nothing in return.  It’s a love that is grace-filled. It’s a love that is self-sacrificing.

How do we find that “real” love.  We have to go to the Bible to find out.  I believe that 1 Corinthians 13 is probably the most quoted love chapter.  My husband uses it at every wedding.  In it you find what love is:

Love is

Inspiration, Unconditional Love



This is Week 6 of blogging about my blessings during our study of Stressed-Less Living on MelissaTaylor.org.  This year it was my first mother’s day without my mom, and also that day would have been her 80th birthday.   This is also my first mother’s day knowing I am about to become a grandmother.

Over the past few weeks during this study,  I have spent much time in prayer, and noticed in my prayer binder I had printed out the verse Proverbs 31:28,  “Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her”.   That was a prayer I wrote for me last year.  I wondered what legacy am I leaving my children, future grandchildren, husband  and every one I come in contact with daily.  As I pondered over that question, I wonder what others think of me and how I am pictured with all my faults and failures.  I want to be that Proverbs 31 kind of woman.  I pray to be that kind of woman.   I am truly blessed, but do I show that?  Sometime not!

So as I pondered over that Proverbs verse this week and continued to write down my blessings , and prayed about what type of legacy I am leaving , I added these:

MOMENTS WITH LOVED ONES –  “Sometimes you will never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”  Author Unknown.

As we spend time with our adult children, their spouses and any of our family and friends and prayerfully some grandchildren, I want to remember to cherish the moments and to make memories.  When a loved one is gone, that’s all we have are moments, memories and pictures.  Make the moments happen!  Make them precious!  Savor them!  We are soooo busy we do not take a moment to seize what is precious.  Enjoy a long kiss, sit in the quiet with no radio or television, go out on the patio and listen to the wind or birds and watch the trees moving, write a list of blessings, call someone on the phone instead of texting, meet someone for lunch, read a book, read your Bible, watch the sun rise or set, listen to  children, feel the wind on your cheeks, notice nice things people do for you and say thank you, enjoy life, quit dreading Mondays and savor a a new day, ………                       

SUCCESS – “No other success in life – not being President, or being wealthy, or going to college or writing a book, or anything else — come up to the success of the man or woman who can feel that they have done their duty and that their children and grandchildren rise up and call them blessed.” Theodore Roosevelt, 1917.

So how do we get to that place in our lives, where our children and grandchildren call them blessed.  The only way is Jesus!  God first in ALL things – good and bad! Jesus should be our goal every day.  He should be our identity.  We are made in His image.

UNCONDITIONAL LOVE – I love my husband and my children with an unconditional love and I see that trait in them also.  We have to love unconditionally because Christ loves us unconditionally.  When someone is showing their best behavior, it is easy to love them, but what do we do when they are not showing their best behavior ??  Think about that for a moment.

HUGS – Do you love hugs?  I do.  When I was small my mom and dad really didn’t hug, but I found as I grew older and they grew older they began to hug, and Mom hugged more and more and she grew older.  I love hugging my kids, my mother- in- law, friends and even strangers at church.  I wish I could hug kids at school and sometimes I do, but it has to be done sideways.  Hugs can say what you can not say out loud, and wow how they lift our spirits.  I LOVE hugs.    XOXOXO – every day should be filled with love and hugs!

KISSES – My husband kisses me goodbye in the morning and goodnight in the evening?  Even on those occasional days I sleep in, he comes to the bedroom and kisses me goodbye.      I have this plaque hanging beside our bed.    I meet him at the door when he is coming in each evening with a kiss.


What about you?  Do you kiss your spouse goodbye each morning or  goodnight each evening?  Why or Why not???