February brings with it thoughts of love. Valentine's Day and gifts of cards, flowers, and chocolates are bought in abundance to show affection to those we love. It's beautiful but might there more to love; more than the gifts? The short answer is, "Yes." Let's take a lesson from nature. Tender young shoots of daffodils and crocus have begun to emerge from the soil. Buds line the Star Magnolia tree awaiting their turn to open. We watch and wait while the sun and rain do their part.
What would happen if we looked upon our family members as tender shoots? Would we be more gentle and patient? Would we nurture their growth rather than force them to bloom? If so, I imagine they'd blossom in beautiful ways and we'd be all smiles.
1 Corinthians 13:4 NIV Love is patient and kind.
Happy New Year! Now is the perfect time to take inventory; personal and family. What goals would you like to achieve this year? What habits need to change to reach those goals? Is there a sour attitude that needs to go away so a sweet one can move in? Is there enough quality family time each week? How often do you date your mate? January is the right time to set your house in order before the months catch you unprepared. There's no substitute for making a master plan. In fact, a good plan brings smiles and peace of mind.
Philippians 1:9-10 NIV And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so tht you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ.