January 16, 2011
I Corinthians 13:4-8
“4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails…”
I popped on over to Facebook yesterday to see what had been going on over the past few days with my friends and family. Some had been enjoying the leftovers of a rarely occurring snow storm. Another had been surprised by her boyfriend with a trip to NYC. One was reveling in his newly purchased Microsoft Kinect, while still another was lamenting her toddler’s tantrum-filled week. I read through these updates with some interest, but one update in particular gave me pause.
“What is love?” (or, to be more accurate, “…wat is lovee?? to u??) was the gist of the post belonging to my niece. She is approaching that age when friends begin to pair off and be “in love” for the first time. She had been hearing these friends talk about loving each other, and was wondering what this love stuff was all about. Remember that time? Oh, I am so glad that I don’t have to live through it again. 🙂
This update was one I felt compelled to respond to, almost as if I had been given a chance to go back and give my own younger self some sage advice that might have made a difference in the way I perceived life and love. And so I responded:
“Hmmmm… I think sometimes what people call Love is just not love at all, but just a feeling they have. Love is not a feeling. Love is a choice you make each and every day to put the wants and needs of others above your own, even if it means going without, or not getting what you want. It is a choice to care for others before you care for yourself. It is a choice to give without expecting anything in return. That’s what love is, in my humble opinion. 🙂 (check out 1 Corinthians chapter 13, verses 4-8 for a better explanation of what love is.)””
I realized as I was writing my response to her question that I was reciting I Corinthians 13:4-8 in my head. That really is the best answer to that question. It tells you what Love is, and what Love is not. And the best part is, it applies to any type of relationship. Mother/daughter, friend/friend, brother/sister, husband/wife. Real Love looks the same in any situation.
January 13, 2011
Hello, hello hello! Happy 2011, and thank you for choosing to visit with me here on the Treacle and Ink blog at the beginning of this new year.
I must say, I am glad to be back, dusting off the blogging cobwebs…blogwebs?… and discovering a new routine. I have been shamefully absent these past two months for one very good reason – my new job.
While I entered into this new occupation with high hopes and a positive outlook, I was not anticipating the physical, as well as mental taxation that I was going to undergo. There is just so much new stuff to wrap my head around, and the pressure of excelling in my work, and getting used to sitting at a desk all day…ugh! As a result, I have come home at the end of every day completely exhausted, without the motivation to do anything but veg on the couch.
The time has come to put a stop to that! I can either revel in my lethargy, or I can choose to re-take my life. No more coming home every day and just sitting around. After all, energy can come out of doing, and especially crafty doing.
So, let’s get to the crafty doing. Even though the blog has been completely neglected lately, crafting has still received a little share of my time.
In honor of my new job, I made this flower pen bouquets for my desk:
On a visit to the doctor’s office about a year ago, I was looking for a writing utensil with which to fill out my check, when the nurse casually said, “The flowers are pens.” How cute is that? I have since seen these all over the place, as I’m sure many of you have as well.
There must be plenty of tutorials on the web addressing this particular craft, so instead of going into a fully detailed one of my own, I’ll just give you a quick run-down.
And that’s it! It’s a really simple and fairly inexpensive craft to undertake. I have not been gifted with the skill for flower arranging, so I went with these big bright Gerbera and Spider Daisies. I’d love to hear from you if you’ve tried this craft before, or if you have any wise flower arranging tips to share!