Yup, I’m 26 years old today. And I have to work. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think anyone should have to work on their birthday! lol

Emma is a busy little bee – seriously, she never stops! If I didn’t nurse her I doubt I’d be able to keep her on my lap long enough to cuddle her. She likes to be doing something all the time, especially mischievous things like getting into the kitchen cupboards (yes, all the cleaners are up high) or crawling out of the living room into the bedroom or bathroom (trying to remember to keep those doors shut!). She had her 9-month checkup on Tuesday and is healthy and developing normally – she’s 17.5 pounds and 23.5 inches now. No wonder she’s so heavy!


So guess what? I started going to a women’s bible study at our church last night! They were nice enough to find someone to watch my baby during it, too. I really really wanted to go because it’s Beth Moore‘s new study, “Loving Well”. It was the first time I saw her speak on DVD, too – what a great experience! I have to tell you what it was all about. It was SO moving and really spoke to my heart. I’m sure God worked it all out so I could be there. Beth talked about loving people. Sounds simple, right? Yeah right. This is from my notes:

1 John 4:7-11 (Amplified Bible)

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is (springs) from God; and he who loves [his fellowmen] is begotten (born) of God and is coming [progressively] to know and understand God [to perceive and recognize and get a better and clearer knowledge of Him].

He who does not love has not become acquainted with God [does not and never did know Him], for God is love.

In this the love of God was made manifest (displayed) where we are concerned: in that God sent His Son, the only begotten or f]”>[f]unique [Son], into the world so that we might live through Him.

In this is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation (the atoning sacrifice) for our sins.

Beloved, if God loved us so [very much], we also ought to love one another.

No man has at any time [yet] seen God. But if we love one another, God abides (lives and remains) in us and His love (that love which is essentially His) is brought to completion (to its full maturity, runs its full course, is perfected) in us!

Beth asked us, “Are we loving more than we even feel able to love? When we love more than we believe we have the capacity to love, God’s love is shown through us.

The way we love others is a measure of our spiritual maturity.

This is what REALLY hit me hard – something I’ve had heavy on my mind for a long time: People are getting more and more desensitized and everything around us in this world seems to be telling us, “Protect yourself from anything uncomfortable at all costs!”. It’s all about us, how we can make things better and easier for ourselves.

Philautos – Lover of self, self-centered, with the primary concern that things be made easier on us, a sparing of oneself.

There are four kinds of people in our lives:

♥ Those that are a JOY to love (Phil 4:1)
♥ Those that are TESTY to love (Phil 4:2)
♥ Our FOES (enemies) (those you think you hate)
♥ FAR (strangers)

The four confessions to God we’re going to memorize:

1. God is perfect love.
2. Nothing can separate us from God’s perfect love.
3. God pours His perfect love into my imperfect heart.
4. Accessed, I can love anyone through anything.

Yeah, this is not easy stuff, is it? I have a strong inclination to put distance between myself and other people (some times more than others). Taking the risk of getting hurt is HARD! Beth put a huge emphasis on the fact that we will get hurt in life. Are we going to dig a hole and jump into it to protect ourselves from getting hurt (and thereby missing out on close relationships and blessing other people at the same time)?

Definitely something to think about!

What do you think of this subject? Have you ever done a Beth Moore study before?

You can listen to her podcasts HERE!

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