February Orange Slices


Hi Parents!

No doubt you've heard of the great resource "The Five Love Languages" by Gary Chapman.  If not check it out HERE.  (By the by, it's a really good thing to discover about your kids!) What it reminds me of in this month of all things hearts and glitter and roses and chocolates is that LOVE is a verb.  It's also not involuntary, like breathing is.  We can't wait on our emotions to move us to words and action of love, but we can let our words and actions move us to follow through to feel love.  Love is more outside-in than inside-out.

I was able to hear Bob Goff speak at a conference a few years ago.  He's a quirky, amazing man of faith who is most known for his book, "Love Does".  Check out his 5 day Love Does Challenge ... subtitled "how to put love in action and change the world one person at a time". 

I find this all true in my relationship with Father God, too.  I don't always feel like singing Him a song, or talking with - and listening to - Him, or doing something for Him.  If I wait till I feel it, there will be a lot of misses. It's no different than waiting for one day in February to roll around before giving your kids a hug and letting them know you love them... you wouldn't do that.  Demonstrating our love to God and others is really Part Two, kind of like breathing out.  Part One is being open to an ongoing receiving of God's love for us... the collective "us", yes, but more importantly, personally, uniquely for us... the breathing in part of love.  In fact, it has to start there.  We can't pass on His love to our kids if we don't already possess it ourselves. 

God loved. God gave. We believe. We receive.  Love at it's best for us. 

How will you receive God's love that He has especially for you this week... and what will you do to turn that love into action?  Breathe in.  Breathe out.  Sometimes it's that simple. 

Praying for you and cheering you on,
Jan Hanson
Kids & Families Director