Posts Tagged ‘love’

I Corinthians 13: Love Illustrated

Monday, December 1st, 2014

I-Corinthians-13-love-illustratedMy children drew pictures of I Corinthians 13 to illustrate what love meant. They tried to think of ways that people could show love or a lack of love to each other, and they drew pictures of those examples. You could also write skits to perform for a group, showing how to love other people selflessly, using the list of descriptive words from I Corinthians 13: 4-8b: (NIV)

Love is patient; love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, 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 hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

love-is-patientMy oldest son drew a picture of a taxi driver who had lost his keys. The man who is obviously needing to get to the airport (lots of luggage) is being patient as the taxi driver tries to remember where he put his keys.

In real life, we need to show patience with each other all the time. Love suffers long. It waits. It puts the other person first and is not impatient.

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My second son drew a picture of someone envying someone else. It looks like the person on the right is on a computer or tablet, and the person dressed in green wants it. Love does not envy. Love wants the other person to have good things, and rejoices when the other person rejoices.

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A lot is going on in my daughter’s drawing. On the top left of the page, a younger brother breaks a teddy bear by accident, and the sister, even though she is sad, does not retaliate or get angry. She forgives her brother.

On the upper right corner, someone is giving a gift to another person, being kind to them.

On the lower right you see a person in blue encouraging the person in gray that their hair will grow back. He is not rude and doesn’t make fun of the poor guy who obviously had a bad hair cut.

On the lower left, you have someone trying to have patience and not keeping a record of wrongs when a vase was broken.

love-keeps-no-record-of-wrongsMy third son has someone punching someone else in the face, and the person in blue is keeping a record of wrongs. Of course, these actions do not show love. Instead, the boy in yellow should have returned an insult with a blessing instead of a punch, and the boy in blue should have forgiven instead of harboring a grudge.

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If you enjoyed these drawings, you will probably enjoy the entire series of 31 Days of Drawing through the Bible.

How to Decorate a Heart Shaped Box

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

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If you’re wondering how to decorate a heart shaped box, I’m here to tell you that it’s quite easy. Buy an inexpensive cardboard heart shaped box at any craft supply store during the month of February, when heart shaped crafts abound in profusion, almost to the point of nausea.

how-to-decorate-a-heart-shaped-box-2Make sure you have pink paint, fake jewels, and heart stickers. You can also use pink feathers, tissue paper, ribbon, or any other pink craft embellishments.

Paint the box pink inside and out, and let it dry overnight. If the box is for a man, paint it red, because pink is a girl color and is awfully sissy for a man.

If you’re in a hurry to give the heart shaped box to the love of your life, and you have no time to let it dry overnight, grab a hair dryer and dry the paint. Don’t hold the hair dryer too close to the box, or you might set it on fire.

If you are a sensible person, you will let the paint dry overnight like I told you in the first place. The next day you can wake up bright and cheerful, have a nice cup of coffee, and proceed with decorating your heart shaped box.

how-to-decorate-a-heart-shaped-box-3Glue fake plastic jewels all the way around the edges of the top of the box. Use jewels that match the box. If you are using a pink box, use pink, white, and lavender jewels. Don’t use green and blue jewels on a light pink box, or it will look ugly.

Conversely, if you have a red box, use complimentary colors that don’t clash.

Glue ribbon around the rim of the lid, on the side of the lid. This will dress up the box. I didn’t think about this until after my daughter sent this box in the mail, so it was too late for us. But ribbon would really add some extra embellishment that would look awfully nice, like you went the extra mile.

My daughter filled this heart shaped box for her aunt (my sister), whom she loves very much. My daughter is constantly writing letters to her aunt, and she sometimes seals the envelope before I even know what’s in it. I know, she might be saying incriminating things, like the time I accidentally left her at the park. I had three kids in the car instead of four. Honestly, how come none of her three brothers told me she was missing? I mean, whose fault was that anyway? Ahem. Less than five minutes transpired before we realized that we were short by one child, and my husband went back to the park to get her. Sad, but true. These overworked homeschooling parents need a vacation. Go ahead and buy our products so that we can go on a much-needed vacation and avoid such mis-haps in the future.

Back to how to decorate a heart-shaped box: make sure to fill it with goodies. We baked home-made chocolate chip cookies, but you can fill it with chocolates or other fun stocking stuffers that you would put into the stocking of your loved one at Christmas time.

Then send it to your loved one, or hand it to them in person, saying, “I love you!” Hopefully they will not throw it on the ground and stomp on it. No… Hopefully they will open it and be delighted at your kindness and love, rewarding you with a big hug.

Marriage Articles, Webinars, and Audios

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

marriage-articlesHere are some marriage articles, webinars, and audios that often include personal stories from my life. I show you how my husband and I relate to each other. My heart is to see godly marriages where the husband and wife are truly one.

Marriage Articles:

Marriage Webinars and Workshops:

Marriage Audios:

 

The Story Behind the Love Story

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

the-story-behind-the-love-storySo here is the story behind the love story:

It was the day before Valentines Day, and I had nothing about love to put up on my blog. My husband said, “I thought you told everyone to abolish Valentines Day. And now you’re going to give them a love story?”

“My readers want a sappy love story on Valentines Day, and I’m going to give it to them.”

My husband took a nap (since it was Sunday afternoon), and I started typing away. I lost track of time as I re-entered the emotion of it. When my husband groggily asked me for some tea, it was difficult to tear myself away from the keyboard.

I brought the tea to my husband, who sat in that brown chair where I film my YouTube unit study videos. I sat on the bed. I smiled at him.

“You want to get back to the keyboard; I can tell.”

“Yes. I’m writing our love story, and I’m so excited my fingers are tingling!”

“Oh, I see how things are,” he said with a twinkle in his eye. “You would rather write about how much you love me instead of actually spending time with me.”

“That is not true! But I have the other half of our love story in my head, and I can’t wait to finish it.”

“Go,” he said.

The next day when he came home from work, I had already posted two parts of our love story, since I posted one on Sunday night. I asked my husband how he liked my blog. He said, “You made me look like a smelly homeless guy.”

“Oh, no no no! No one who ever reads my blog will ever think badly of you! Trust me. I’m not done writing our love story. Besides, you were the guy who was hard to get. I was the lovesick girl who was pining away. Which figure looks pathetic? That would be me,” I said. “Do you want me to delete the first part of our love story? You can read my blog posts before I post them, you know.”

“No, I want you to feel free to write whatever you want.”

Two days later, he read the “My Husband is a Man of God” entry. I asked him what he thought. He said, “It was a bit over the top.”

“Every word of it is true,” I said.

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