Monday, July 23, 2012

Love Never Fails

Little Leon's Popcorn Heart
This past week at Camp Caudle (and yeah...I am going to being posting a lot about CC for awhile...:)), "love" was a big "theme".  I was quite convicted about it because the fact of the matter is that there are several people in my life (directly or indirectly) that I don't "love like God loves me"...so to speak.  I am not proud of this fact; I am simply being honest.

There is a swing set at CC that I spent a lot of nights swinging in all by myself (I had forgotten how much I love swinging.) while the camp was dark and quiet.  Let me say the night sky at CC all week was spectacular. :)  Sometimes various thoughts raced through my mind, and other nights...I simply swung...and cried softly.  My heart hurt.  I didn't always know exactly why...

I digress. :)))

The truth of the matter is that love has failed me...often...in various types of relationships ~ parental, romantic, friendships, pastors, mentors ~ it has failed most, if not all, of us.  God's love...has NEVER failed a one of us.  Ever.  I have struggled to remember that, and have been consumed with the worldly version of "love" and not the one love that matters most...and the example of love that I need to be imitating.  *Ouch*

I have spent way too much time protecting my heart...instead of releasing my heart. 

Give that a minute to sink in...I need to release my heart...

I was introduced to Brandon Heath by someone I met at CC, and I have now downloaded every album to my IPod.  This song (click here to see video) spoke (no screamed) at me...

Love Never Fails

Love is not proud
Love does not boast
Love after all
Matters the most

Love does not run
Love does not hide
Love does not keep
Locked inside

Love is the river that flows through
Love never fails you

Love will sustain
Love will provide
Love will not cease
At the end of time

Love will protect
Love always hopes
Love still believes
When you don't

Love is the arms that are holding you
Love never fails you

When my heart won't make a sound
When I can't turn back around
When the sky is falling down
Nothing is greater than this
Greater than this

Love is right here
Love is alive
Love is the way
The truth the life

Love is the river than flows through
Love is the arms that are holding you
Love is the place you will fly to
Love never fails you

A couple of girls in my cabin one night asked me, "Miss Heather how do you view God?"  *Big Exhale*  After a clarification question, I replied....part of my answer described the best hug you have ever had (as I demonstrated on one of the girls' pillows...great pillow by the way), and I told them that God is holding us that tightly when we do good...when we do bad...he never releases us from the pure sweetness and tightness of that embrace.  He loves us...no matter what...the ultimate unconditional love. 


If we could ever learn to love each other the way God loves us...what a world...no judgement, no bullying, no discrimination, no name calling, no....the list goes on to infinity.  The problem starts with us though...the one in the mirror...we (the majority) don't love ourselves unconditionally.  We judge ourselves....we bully ourselves...we discriminate against ourselves...we name call ourselves....ourselves.  WE are our own worst enemy.  Then we turn all of that on others. *Sigh*

We need to spread love in this world...and...we need to start with the one in the mirror.

Love never fails me...Love never fails you.  Thank God for that...:)

Sunshine Dreams to You ~ Today and Every Day! :) 

1 comment:

  1. Loving your Pollyanna reference - I do the same thing over on my blog!

    Not sure if you're on Twitter, but we are having an Arkansas Women Bloggers twitter party tonight at 8p if you'd like to join the fun!

    http://twvt.us/awbu12

    We'll be talking about our upcoming #AWBU conference on August 24 - 26 AND we'll be giving away a few conference scholarships. Would love to have you join us!

    Conference details: http://arkansaswomenbloggers.com/conference-registration/

    Best,
    Beth

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