It's crazy how fast the summer months have flown by. We've had backyard cook-outs, gone swimming, stayed up late, and eaten our fair share of watermelon and blueberries. Now it's time to get back into our fall routine. It's never easy saying so long to summer is it?
If I've learned anything these past few months, it's this: love your people. Love them with all your might. Tell them how much you love them, hug and kiss them until they collapse on the floor with giggles. Because your people are your people. They are precious and deserve every ounce of love you can give them.
This little guy is the sweetest part of my day. How he is already six months, I don't even know. His smile melts me like ice cream on a cone.
Maralee, Ridley, and Adeline have loved me during my unlovable moments. Their dad has wrapped me up and assured me that I'm going to be okay. My people have loved me when I've been tired, worn out, and desperate for a break.
In the grand scheme of things, nothing else matters except love. We all need breaks from the mess, the daily, the chase.
Because when we don't get breaks, you know what happens?
We smash, we split, we are divided into parts violently; reduced to pieces on the floor, wondering how we spiraled so far from love. Alone we sit, sobbing or cursing or asking God why. Again and again, his answer to our brokenness is love.
Love gets us off the floor and up again. Love helps us manage our emotions, it re-orients our perspective. God gave us our people for a purpose and that purpose is to love one another as he has loved us. Love is a beautiful answer to our broken questions.
Love says, "Keep going."
Love assures you that, "You are going to be okay."
Love tells you, "Stop. Let's move in another direction."
Love is patient, love is kind, it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
Love never fails.
Breaks are needed so we can better love our people. And when the break is over and it's time to start over again, we carry on the best we can through our brokenness in love.
Because love never fails.
Till next time, let your light shine!