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Have you heard about the revival? Everywhere you look, there’s a meme, a post, or a video about it.  You can search for it on Tick-tock, Twitter, or Facebook. And can you believe it’s even reached the local news; The Asbury Revival.

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Songs are sung about it. Movies are written about it. And once a year, we even set aside a day to celebrate it.

But the real question is, “What’s love got to do with it? What does love have to do with a relationship, and… what is a relationship without it?

If we look to Merriam-Webster, we can see what he has to say:  Love is strong affection for another. Yes. That does begin to describe love, doesn’t it?  But, as he goes on, he has a few other things to say that seemed to steer me in the direction of where I wanted to go —  a devotion, or admiration, unselfish loyal, and benevolent concern for the good of another.

When I hear devotion, unselfish, and concern for another, the verse from 1 Corinthians 13 comes to mind~

 Love is patient. Love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hope, always perseveres. 1  Cor: 4-7

There it is. Love straight from the Word of God.  How far I’ve fallen from being able to love as the Bible tells us to love. What about you? Where are you in this whole gamete of the word love?

Well, if you’re like me, and all of these attributes seem impossible to fulfill, I have good news for you. There is someone who can love like no other.  Especially the verse that says,

And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love 1 Cor 13:13

Our Heavenly Father. His name is love. Although we try in every way to be perfect and to display love to others as he does, we can only do it if we allow His love to flow in and through us.

So back to our question, what does love have to do with it, actually everything. You see, when we look at the whole picture, we can see because God is love and that without Him, we have nothing.

So where are you today? How do you see love and what does it mean to you? Why not share with others and let us know what love has to do with it for you! Just hit the like button, and you’ll able to leave a comment for others to see.

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Do you know what the most looked-up Psalm is? If you say Psalm 23, you’re close. That was my answer. Psalm 23 is second, but Psalm 91 is the most looked up Psalm of all the Psalms.

Could it be because of the last two years and everything our world has walked through? Maybe and possibly, many have prayed for protection over their homes, loved ones, and friends.

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So I had this thought. What was the FIRST NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS like? Then one day I thought, “I wonder what the LAST ONE would be like?”n

Well, this is what I came up with. What do you think? Maybe you’ll let me know which one is your favorite!

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We live in a microwave generation. No more cooking popcorn the old fashioned way with all the kiddos gathering round the stove as mom sprinkles the seeds on the bottom of the pan and everyone watches for the kernels to erupt and the lid to rise with every snap, crackle and pop!

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Time to put your thinking-caps on.

Can you recall a Mother’s Day that is / was special to you. Maybe happy, sad, or all together indifferent.

Oh, I can think of ones way back when I was a kid and even though it was Mother’s Day and Mom still did all the cooking.

And then when I was a mom, I even did the same thing … but yet, is there one … just one that stands out.

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