l e n t :: day10_love


Love means that I find your needs and wants as important if not more important than my own.  Perhaps at first that sounds a wee bit selfish, but I am being honest.  How did I know I loved Jeff?  His happiness became inherently more important than my own.  How do I know I love my dearest friends?  When they’ve had a bad day with their kids and I’ve had a bad day with my kids, I’m willing and wanting to go to their home, rock-a-bye a screaming babe, and wash their dishes.  Love isn’t losing yourself, but it is the daily crashing into other human beings and asking “Are you ok?” before checking your own wounds.  And when I think about it, I guess I don’t really love that many people, not in practice at least.  I need to work on that.

How do you love? 

If you want to read a bit more on love, my dear friend Caitlin Boersma wrote a beautiful piece including a summary of a challenging talk by Jen Hatmaker on loving like Jesus.

Published by magdalenemastin

Hi! I'm Magdalene. I am a mom of three, wife of one, food-grower, -planter and -eater (my favorite part, of course), sewer, organizer, mover, musician, and relational, intentional, sustainability-focused woman. In 2015 I returned to the small organic farm I grew up on in central Indiana after an eight year honeymoon in Holland, MI. If I’m doing exactly what I want, you will probably find me on a porch or patio, wine in hand, chatting about life and love and happiness and then the Holy Ghost with people I love.

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