Wednesday’s Word-Edition 107

October 9, 2013 | My Jottings

“God’s definition of what matters is pretty straightforward. He measures our lives by how we love.”   ~~Francis Chan





These are four of my eight precious grandchildren — Mr. McBoy (11), Mrs. Nisky (9), Li’l Gleegirl (6) and Baby Shamrock (15 months). If my life is measured by how I love them, I’m probably okay. But if my life is measured, as Francis Chan says above, by how I love everyone, then I’m doomed, at least without the thousands of mercies I need from the Lord each morning.

If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.

If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing.

If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.

Love never dies.

1 Corinthians 13:1-8, The Message Bible

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How is it even possible to live like this?

It’s not.

But with God, all things are possible. Jesus said so. (Matthew 19:26). So before I walk out the door this morning I will go to my heavenly Father and ask for truly impossible things.

How about you? Are you asking God for impossible things too?


  1. Linda says:

    Ohhhhh how I can relate! No problem pouring out love on my precious grands……I’m certainly “doomed” too when it comes to loving everyone else! oh dear…yes impossible!…for me….but thanks be to God for His loving kindnesses & tender mercies that are new every morning…noon… & night !!
    So wonderful to see a few pics of your dear little grandbabies Julie….they are blessed to have “Just Julie” as their grand mom! … they grow older I’m certain they will agree with me and many others that you are much more than “Just” Julie! Love you…..Linda

  2. Just Julie says:

    Your comments comforted me, Linda. Thank you. I’ve been thinking of you and your family and the newest little member. Thank you for pouring into my life — so much in such a short time! xoxo

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