What Is Love? (Pt. 2)

(Picking back up on the subject, but branching off of my last post on it)

Most people when they hear the word ‘love’, think of a warm fuzzy feeling, or always agreeing with your spouse which makes a perfect marriage. Or maybe love is always being “nice” and never being stern, or not saying what you believe is right or wrong if it makes the other person feel uncomfortable.

Well, let me tell you, loving someone is a lot more messy then that. Loving someone is telling them when you think they are doing something wrong, always looking out for their good, even if they don’t want to hear it and want to do their own thing. As they say, “Yeah, maybe I will mess up, but it’s okay, because hey! We are after all, only human.” Right?

Let me give you an example. Sally and Nancy are best friends, Sally sees that Nancy has started “taking” little things from random places. A box of crackers from Wal-Mart, a chapstick from Ross. The world would tell Sally that love is to just leave Nancy alone, let her make her own mistakes and learn from them. What’s a box of crackers anyways? Or a $2.00 lip balm?

Well, little things become big things, and soon she’ll be stealing million dollar bracelets. Not that stealing is better if it costs less, but once you start, and if you aren’t approached with the heart of the matter, there will be no end. No boundary. Soon Nancy could be in prison for life. And when Sally visits her friend, Nancy will be crying on the other side of the glass, asking why you (Sally) didn’t stop her, help her realize what she was getting herself into. And the only thing Sally can respond with, is: “I didn’t want to sound insensitive or sound like I was judging you for who you are, I didn’t want to loose our friendship.” Which sounds pretty lame considering you watched her steal her way towards prison, and said nothing.

The other option is going up to Nancy and telling her that she needs to stop because she is doing wrong. Maybe Nancy will realize that you (Sally) are right, thank you for correcting her and change her ways. Maybe she’ll tell you childishly, that you are judging her and that she no longer wants to be friends. But true love is telling her.

Tell her, lovingly but sternly, that she needs to change, because that is love. That is truly caring. Pray for her, and maybe in two days or ten years, she will tell you honestly; that the step you took to truly care for her, made the biggest difference.

 

Thanks for reading my rant.

Susanna

 

 

 

Glacier National Park

On August first. Our family got to experience the wonders of Glacier National Park. I thought I’d share some pictures with you all. IMG_1730IMG_1735

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There was a fire here (at GNP) last year that burned down a lot a trees, but it was all still very beautiful, and the water was amazingly blue! And there was snow, no more than five feet from our car. 😉

Have you been to Glacier?

Susanna

11 Questions…

 

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Abbie at https://chroniclesinbloom.wordpress.com
tagged me to do this blog post, with 11 questions she asked me. So here we go.

1:Is there any story as to why you were given your name? Not really. Just a bible name (Luke 8:3)
2:Are you a night owl or early bird? Mostly night owl, wish I was an early bird though.
3:What is your favorite breakfast? Cup of coffee and granola bars.
4:How would you describe your style? Casual (I guess😐)
5:What is your dream occupation? Oh man…. author, singer/songwriter would be top two. But I have more then I could write down here.
6: 3 favorite boy names? Frederick, Joshua, Jedidiah.
7: 3 favorite girl names? Lydia Grace, Corrie, Lucy,
8:Where would you like to travel? Swiss Alps, New Zealand… the whole globe.
9:Favorite part of your daily routine? Reading.
10:What song gives you the most feels and why? Probably Nearer My God To Thee. (BYU Vocal) just because it’s that amazing!
11:If you could learn to do one (creative) thing perfectly, what would it be? Music. (Playing and writing)

 

Is there anything you can relate to?

Susanna

Miles4Myanmar Helena Run!

The 5K run was today and we had lots of fun (and some pain for us non-runners) running for our brothers and sisters in Myanmar. Thank you all for your prayers and support! God has worked wonders through this (MissionToMyanmar) mission field.

The actual distance we ran was 3.2 miles, which I think is 0.1 longer then a 5K, but who cares? Except our legs and lungs.

Here are a few pictures I took. (we ran at the Montana State Capitol and got to take  a tour of it)

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Our team! #helena5K #Miles4Myanmar

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The capitol building.

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Have a merry weekend and a blessed Sunday! And in all things, honor God.

Susanna

Montana.

 

We’ve been in Montana for about a month now, and I thought it was hightime to share the beauty of this state. So here are a few pictures I took a week (or two) ago.

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Big Sky Montana

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Have you been to  Montana? What was your favorite thing about it?

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Have a great Wednesday!

I bid you all, a very fond farewell.

Susanna

What Is love?

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The New Oxford American Dictionary defines love as “a. Like very much. b. A great interest or pleasure in something”. However, the Mirriam-Webster Dictionary defines it as “Unselfish, loyal and benevolent concern for the good of others”. Those definitions are pretty different and the reason is, the Mirriam-Webster Dictionary is “old fashioned” and the New Oxford is, well… New.

The word ‘love’ is overused and under appreciated. Over the centuries, love has changed and become a word we use instead of words such as; enjoy, fond of, adore, savor, appreciate, and like. Let’s be honest. Both you and I are guilty of it. We LOVE ice cream, we LOVE puppies, and chocolate, and explosions, and movies, food, games. The list just goes on and on. But maybe we need to take a moment to realize the true meaning of love. Well, it tells us in 1st. Corinthians 13, verses 4-7 that “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

Now let’s be painfully honest and admit, we can’t even love people in the true sense of the word. How many times have we wished we had Laura’s hair, Sam’s cool new toolbox, or wished that we could go to Disney with Grandma and Grandpa instead of Jim?

Now I’m kind of going off track, but what I mean to say is, that by saying we love (for example) ice cream, how much does that lower, in our thoughts, the love God has for us? God’s love is everything stated in the verses above. Yet if we “love” ice cream, slowly we will, and are, bringing God’s love down to what our sinful minds have made the meaning. Something WE like, or WE find tasteful, or something WE have an interest in. Because it all comes back to US, and what WE want. True love is the opposite. True love is selfless, gives and looks to the needs of others.

So let’s try our best at truly loving, and put others first… And let’s try to leave off “I love” in front of objects or things.

Thanks for taking the time to read this.

Susanna