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Let Me Love Without Brakes With No Breaks

“In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you.” Matthew 5:48 The Message

I came across this scripture this morning.  I giggled at the first half and then quickly sobered up and leaned in to grasp the admonishment contained in the last sentence.  As I did, I thought of my husband and kids…those closest to me.  The ones who get to see all of me, the real me…the ones who get the full monty…the good, the bad and yes, the ugly me.  I got so checked…and then I became so grateful.

Grateful that God so loves me that He checks, then redirects me.  It’s so easy to step out of our houses and enter the world wearing our “faith” face, our “everything is peachy in my world” face, our “I love everyone” face and then return home tired and dusty, remove the mask and take for granted the very blessings God has given us.  The family hand picked by the Master.

Lately I’ve noticed how rapidly my children have grown, how in a blink they have matured and how I am “seconds” away, it seems, to being an empty nester.  HOW DID THAT HAPPEN!!!!!????

I have questioned myself, doubted myself and cried out to God asking Him to slow down the process….let me squeeze every minute that I have left with my babies; let me have a few do-overs. Let them remember all the good and forget all those forgettable moments.  The ones reserved only for the ones I “love!!!”  :/

Let me not be so busy and overwhelmed that I miss connecting with my husband.

Let me not sweat the small stuff…those things that look large at the time, but with time fade to nothingness.  Let me love them deeply, lavishly, unashamedly.  Let me focus on each of them individually and not focus on what is wrong, but on everything that is so right.

Let me live generously and graciously toward them, Lord, the way you live toward me.  Let me be slow in anger and quick in forgiveness; let my words be uplifting, encouraging, healing; let me show them mercy and kindness; let my love not be conditional…let me love without brakes and with no breaks.

Just the way You love me.

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6 thoughts on “Let Me Love Without Brakes With No Breaks

  1. Rashayna on said:

    Beautiful! Such a powerful reminder to cherish each and every moment and to be the most tender and loving towards those who are closest to us. To those who see all of us and choose to love us unconditionally.

  2. Wow! Arlene, you have a poet’s heart. These were beautiful, tender words that I could relate to especially since my youngest heads to college next month. Waaaaa!
    I love how you said, you’d like to ‘squeeze every minute that I have left with my babies; let me have a few do-overs.”
    Is that not the truth! What I’ve found amazing is that the good or bad family moments from the past–that I fixate on–are not necessarily what my children remember. We’re all watching life from a different set of eyes. They’ll get together and talk about memories that made no impression on me. 🙂

    • Karen…thank you for stopping by and for your encouraging words. I’m trying not to fixate on what has passed and cannot be taken back and trying not to jam every conversation, wisdom nugget and experience in and doing my best to walk in a relaxed manner…enjoying them, releasing them, preparing them. Easy to say…let’s see how I do. Ha!! Praying for you Karen as you release your “baby” who I am certain is well prepared:) Bless you dear friend! xo

      • The Lord is stretching me, Arlene. Not only will I have an empty nest, He’s calling my husband and I to downsize and move soon to another state!
        I cringed when I first found out, and the Lord had to pry my fingers loose from the home and friends I love. I will know doubt have stretch marks as I give birth to a new season of life….but the Lord has blessed me here for umpteen years. He can bless me somewhere else.

  3. Oh, Karen…that’s a lot!! I know there will be stories of lessons learned as you lean in and press on in Him! I’m praying for your peace as you trust Him during this next season. Bless you sister.

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