Love does .

Over the last couple of months I've been wrestling with keeping my head above water. I have a sure sense that I am not the only one in this fight! And something that I've learned over the last ten years of my life, as I moved through my twenties and into my thirties, is that this fight for life (or joy or survival or whatever you want to call it) never relents. But I learned something new today, something that caused me to literally soak my shirt sleeve in tears as I sat in the parking lot of Graeme's preschool. I learned the magnitude of  1 John 3:18. 


"Let's not just talk about love; let's practice real love." My family was 1 John 3:18ed today. Two ladies didn't wait for me to invite them over politely into the mess of my home and life. They didn't wait until I collapsed under the dishes, laundry, used kleenexes, and weight of motherhood. They saw my need, they knew they had the means to help, and they came with arms and hearts full. 

A voicemail this morning told me they would arrive this afternoon to lend their hands in organizing and cleaning my home. They wanted me to feel free to take Graeme-bear out for a date while they kept watch over a sleeping Jobie. And I did and we had a marvelous time talking about Graeme's favorite preschool subject, gym class, while eating our way through cotton candy and cookie dough ice cream cones! (smile) And when they left my home late this afternoon, my kitchen organized and clean, the floors swept, the mountain of books on the radio stacked neatly away, and my bathroom the cleanest it's ever been, my family sat down to a dinner that had been left for us, prepared with the same love that had covered my home through the hands of these women. 

I learned that love does. And that love sometimes doesn't wait. And I hope to never forget it.

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    1. Yes, that kind of love certainly is!

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  2. That is absolutely fabulous. ;-)

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    1. Yes, I agree, Amanda. And so is your and your parents' love for my boys! I greatly appreciate what you do for us each Sunday in teaching and in allowing Steve and I to talk with others while you keep an eye on Graeme for us. You are a huge blessing!

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  3. What a beautiful gift! I often say to myself, I wish I would have known before I had kids how much I could have helped & blessed young moms around me. But I'm so thankful, that Lord willing, I will have another season ahead of me, without children, and I pray that I can use those years to be a blessing in specif ways. In the meantime, I will keep praying for more older couples to join our church, haha! Thanks for sharing your blessing!

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    1. Oh, I know, Kelly! Maybe this will be us someday, which means that hopefully we'll live near each other! : ) I've thought the same thing, though, since becoming a mama. This encouraged me to do what I can, and do what I think I can't, for others.

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  4. I love this! What a blessing those women were! I'm so thankful for their gifts to you and also for your willing acceptance of them. Christ's love is such a beautiful thing! Thank you for sharing with us.

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  5. I love this! What a blessing those women were! I'm so thankful for their gifts to you and also for your willing acceptance of them. Christ's love is such a beautiful thing! Thank you for sharing with us.

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    1. You are welcome, Beth! I'm so glad this tangible reminder of Christ's love could be shared through technology! : )

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    1. Amazing Love! Yes! Love to you, friend.

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  7. I am very thankful you have two beautiful ladies in your life that are willing and able to show you love in this way!! Truely a blessing from God

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    1. Absolutely, Danita. We feel so incredibly blessed to be loved by these ladies and so many others here. For instance, last night, the Care Committee of our body, made up almost entirely of grandmas and grandpas, watched our children for three hours so we could have date nights. Incredible!

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    2. You are in a special place because you have a special God watching out for your every need. I am thankful to be friends with someone who realizes and cherrishes these special moments and proclaims the Gospel because of them!

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  8. That made me cry!!! So sweet. And you would do the same for others...you have done this for me...maybe not the physical "here in my house" just because you are so far away, but you have loved our family in that same spirit.

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    1. I need to do this so much more often! Loved talking to you yesterday!

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  9. What a wonderful testimony
    It was a joy to read
    Thank you for sharing

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    1. Thanks for reading, Lynne. Thankful to be able and share!

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  10. This is beautiful. We have been studying this at our church recently, and it is just so awesome to see it in action. I felt similarly when people who don't know us at all said they would email this week, knowing we would need help when the baby came, and they wanted to be there for us. The body of Christ is beautiful

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    1. Kylie,
      I know it-- the body of Christ is beautiful in action. An encouragement to me to read your experience and a nudge to do the same for someone else! Congratulations on your baby!

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  11. Beautiful Sarah! This has happened only once in my life as a mommy! That was many years ago when I had only 6 children! It was two young moms, younger than me, I was only 29-for real! This is something that is so missing in our churches today! God bless those sweet women for being like Christ! You are so blessed!

    ~Christy

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    1. Mrs. Chilson,
      I really do think you hit the nail on the head-- this sort of true love is sadly missing in the body of Christ today. I know it's missing from my heart a lot. What these women did encouraged not only my heart, but the hearts of so many others an I'm so glad that your heart is among those! I truly am so incredibly blessed to know this kind of love towards my family!

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  12. So Beautiful. I am so thankful God sent you help in time of need. May (we) not forget these kindnesses when (we) are old and without children underfoot and forge our way into someone's life to be such a one as these.

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  13. Oh, Sarah, -- hug those ladies for me! God has certainly set your family in a wonderful place! So thankful to hear this!

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    1. Oh, I have and will, mom : ) This is really a pleasant, pleasant place to be! Very grateful.

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  14. I love when women do for each other. I think there are some things that only "we" can get...and when we get it...and take action (as we often do) there is nothing more beautiful. I hope you are well, that this pregnancy treats you well. I carried three amazing girls...grew them...nurtured them...loved them and it was so very hard. Those girl pregnancies are nothing to sneeze at. Carry on sweet mama. Take good care of the two of you!

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  15. Whoa!! Speechless! That's just beautiful!

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  16. That's just beautiful! And so is your blog! And God!

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