Friday, February 20, 2009

What It's All About

"Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly."
Romans 12:15 (ESV)

What does genuine love look like?
What does brotherly affection look like?
What does rejoicing with those who rejoice and weeping with those who weep look like?

Christ-like love envelopes people, it consumes them. It isn't enough to say, "I'm praying for you." No, Christ-like love goes further than that. It's inviting others into your home for a meal, or just to talk. It's offering your couch up for the night. It's laughing with them when things are wonderful...And it's crying with them when things aren't.

God is teaching me a lot about what it really means to be on His team--what that means for me and for my family. Sometimes we are called to share our food. Sometimes we are called to share our time. Sometimes we are called to share our talents...Sometimes we are called to invite others to be a part of our family.

Christ-like love. This is the mark of the true Christian. I pray that one day I may be found with these marks.

That's what it's all about.

Peace of Christ to you,
Cara

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The Way It's Supposed To Be


Something happened tonight that absolutely melted my heart, and I just need to share it.

It's not too often that you find a man who is strong enough to be an incredible father who loves his children and will actively play that role of "daddy" out...but I have no doubt that my husband is just that.

We arrived at Wal*Mart in Ft. Smith after dinner with some friends. It was late, so that was mostly the reason that Keagan was going crazy. But still, it had to be dealt with. So, we wheeled the shopping cart over to the bathroom, all the while with Keagan screaming like he was severely wounded. I won't begin with the looks we received. (Let's just say we were not welcome.)

I waited outside the bathroom with Kate, who I might add was being perfect. She kept looking up at me with her enormous blue eyes as if to say, "What's Bubba so mad about?" I heard Matt discipline Keagan inside the bathroom. Meanwhile, an older man brushed past me to enter the bathroom. I continued to wait until after a few short minutes I could hear Keagan calm down, and then pretty soon, he came walking around the corner looking like a completely different kid. Just seconds later, the same gentleman who'd gone in came out. He looked at Keagan in the basket and at Matt, and because I was half expecting him to give me the same look others had already lavished upon me, I was surprised at what happened next: He looked straight at me in the eyes and said, "Every father should talk to their children the way I just heard him do." I immediately grinned and said, "Thank you."

My heart sang. I have no idea what he said in there to our little boy, and I don't even have to know. What I do know is this: I AM SO BLESSED. I looked at Matt and it soaked in a little deeper this time what an amazing daddy he is to our children. I don't even know what it's like to have to worry about leaving my children alone with my husband. I never have to worry that he will mistreat them in any way or even do things as simple as forget to take care of them somehow. He loves our children so much, and that is evident even to strangers.

I think you could say I'm living my dream out right now.

God is simply amazing...and so is my husband Matt! I sure do love him!

Peace of Christ to you,
Cara