Distraction of Lost Diamonds

Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, “Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.”

 Luke 15:8-9

We had just sat down for lunch when I noticed it. My empty wrist.  My heart sank. I didn’t want to say anything yet and quickly excused myself to search the women’s restroom, nothing. Then I retraced my steps through the parking lot, back to the car, still nothing.

When I returned to the table, my husband, Rick, asked what was wrong.

            “My anniversary bracelet, it’s gone!” I shook my head in disbelief.

            “You haven’t worn that for a while. Are you sure you had it on?” he inquired.

            “Yes, I distinctly remember putting it on this morning because I had trouble with the clasp. Oh honey, I am sick.”

            He tried to assure me. “Don’t worry.  It’s somewhere near, probably in the car.”

Then we began recalling the other stops we had made on our four hour trip to the Finger Lakes in New York. There were two others.  One for gas and I didn’t get out of the car, the other for breakfast.  I quickly phoned that place and spoke to a nice girl on the other end. She checked the lost and found and informed me that the only things she saw were a wallet and a ring.  She took my name, number, and assured me they would reach out if it was found. I prayed as I hung up, ‘Lord please let them find it!’ By then, I had lost my appetite so we returned to the car, made one more thorough sweep, with no success. The final hour of our trip was spent reviewing our steps to see if we missed something.

I had an ache in my heart as we arrived to our destination. Rick reminded me that we couldn’t do anything more and prayed with me to try and ease my anxiety. Still I dreamt about every possible scenario including losing it forever. In spite of it all, we were able to enjoy ourselves and I waited until the last day of vacation to share my concern with the family.

We packed the car, prepared to retrace our stops home and check each of the parking lots one more time. I called the restaurant again, but nothing had been turned in. Both searches were unsuccessful and my heart sank further as I was giving up hope. It had been five days since I lost the bracelet and I was sure it was on someone else’s wrist.

All of a sudden, Rick recalled us switching drivers along the side of the highway. “It might be there!” he cried hopefully. It was a long shot in my mind. I asked him if we could find the exact spot we stopped.  He assured me that he remembered. I was skeptical.

His eyes were scanning the countryside and monitoring the exits. “I think this is it,” he cried.

We turned off on the next exit and clover leafed around to the oncoming lane. I was doubtful, but he was confident we were near the exact place. The traffic was whizzing by as he pulled over.  We both got out carefully and I started searching the ground behind the car, sweeping my foot through the grasses, scanning the gravel on cement of the shoulder, saying to myself “I believe,” half-heartedly.

Within three minutes of searching, I heard Rick shout, ”I got it!” I was sure he was joking.  There was no way he found it that quickly. But as I walked around the car, there it was, my precious bracelet in his hands! He pointed to the place he found it.  It wasn’t even three feet from our front tire, two feet from the heavy traffic.

What a miracle! Not only did he remember the exact place we pulled over, but this beautiful, valuable piece was lying on the shoulder of a busy freeway for an entire week, completely overlooked. I felt like God had protected it and kept it unnoticed until we returned. Even though it was a bit scratched up from the gravel and the clasp was bent, I was overwhelmed with joy! My bracelet, I thought lost forever was now found!

I couldn’t help but think of the widow who lost the coin and the joy she felt when she found it. If I feel this ecstatic over a bracelet, how much more does Christ rejoice when we find Him!

Now when I put the bracelet on my wrist, the clasp is like a lock. As if it’s saying ‘I’m not leaving you again’.  We should be like that with Christ, clinging to Him, after all, He never leaves us.

Dear Lord, You never leave us or forsake us. When we feel lost or even wander away because of our own will, You are there, always waiting for us with open arms, ready to rejoice at our return! You even protect us when we are unaware of your presence. Your faithfulness never wavers.  Thank you! Amen

Peg Arnold

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Distraction of Discombobulation


Pile your troubles on God’s shoulders—he’ll carry your load, he’ll help you out. Psalm 55:22 MSG

Standing in line, suffocating behind my mask while waiting for my documents to be reviewed, my anxiety is building. Will I be able to get my jacket and shoes off, my computer and liquids out efficiently so I am not the one holding up the line? Then, what if my bag is pulled and I have to wait even longer in my bare feet while they search through my personal belongings? I don’t know about you, but I always feel so discombobulated when I go through airport security. It’s awkward to carry all the bags and removed items to an empty bench, get dressed, and repacked to start the trek towards the gate.

On my most recent trip, I had to laugh because after gathering my items from the security area there was a huge sign-Recombobulation Area! Finally, someone identified exactly how I felt and what I needed following the invasive TSA procedures. Now don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the need for screening everyone who enters a plane. It increases my sense of security. I just know that I have not learned the knack of moving through TSA with grace and efficiency.

It started me thinking about the many times I experience other situations where I feel completely discombobulated and out of sorts.  Sometimes I wish I had a place or a way to recombobulate and regroup. David expresses this same feeling in Psalm 55. He begins the lament by crying out to God, “I am overwhelmed by my troubles.” He then proceeds to list his troubles in detail: threats, hatred, assaults, fear, violence, and much more. My sense of discombobulation pales to David’s experiences, yet in every single lament he writes, he always concludes that his true refuge, strength, and comfort is found in the Lord.

Reading the Psalms is a great reminder that the Lord is always there to provide just what I need to recombobulate when my world is falling apart. It may not be physically putting things back in order like I need to do at TSA security, but He always offers me rest, security, and strength to handle the challenges of the day.

When you feel discombobulated, where do you go? Who do you turn to?

Pile your troubles on God’s shoulders—he’ll carry your load, he’ll help you out. Psalm 55:22 MSG

Dear Lord, So many times I am trying to carry my challenges by myself. Forgive me when I ignore you. Forgive me when I don’t trust You. I desire to pray with the same conviction as David, believing that You will answer when You hear me call. As I list my troubles that discombobulate my world, I have faith that You will provide exactly what I need. Thank you! Amen

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An invitation for for ladies!

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Hi Friend!

In life, there are so many aspects we are always trying to manage, improve, all while glorifying our King. We all know it can get hard, we can feel lost, like we’re barely getting by.  This is exactly why I’m emailing you today.  I was invited to speak at The Kingdom Women: Reflecting Light Summit Series. This conference I’m speaking in was created solely with you, the Kingdom Woman, in mind and personally want to invite you. 

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 Join us in serving through teaching Biblical principles in the major areas of Business, Marriage, Motherhood, and Emotional Health and Self-Care. Everything we wish to convey is solely scripture based as we believe that scripture is spirit breathed and cannot be added to or taken away from. I will be speaking on Lighting Our Way in the Darkness- and teaching about Praying the Scriptures. You’ll receive the accompanying workbook for each session you watch.

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Distraction of Inability

Submitted by Rev. Jennifer Sakata

Grace Through a Not So Perfect Pot

Jennifer is a sister speaker and author in the book, Whispers of Grace.
I know you will gain from her insights. If her message speaks to your heart, she would love to hear from you- links at the end.

“Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Won’t she light a lamp and sweep the entire house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she will call her friends and neighbors and say, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost coin.’ In the same way, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels when even one sinner repents.” Luke 15: 8-10, NLT

Sandwiched in the middle of two other stories about lost things being found, sits this sketch of a woman and her lost coin. All three stories include some kind of celebration. It makes sense to rah-rah when a lost sheep is discovered or whoop it up for a wayward child who has come home.

But invite friends and neighbors in over a lost coin—a celebration preceded by the admission of having lost something so dear in the first place?

Sometimes, what we’ve mislaid is insignificant and no big deal—perhaps inconvenient, but not life-altering. Like the glasses I left on top of my head or the scissors chillin’ out in the freezer or the keys buried under a pile of papers long-forgotten. Those lost things make us all laugh and appreciate our collective absentmindedness.

But when I’ve misplaced something big like a large amount of cash, or a birth certificate, or some prized-piece of jewelry, I don’t want everyone to know about it.

I’m embarrassed. How could I have lost something so important? How could I have been so careless with something so precious? Why didn’t I set it someplace I’d remember?

Guilty as charged.

Eyes are drawn to my inability to keep track of things I never should have lost.

Such a script forces us to hide, frantically searching for what remains hidden—until it is not.

There is shame and criticism in these voices with their laser-focus on our inability—this toxic spotlight on what I ‘shouldn’t’ have done, or how ‘inept’ and ‘slipshod’ I am.

Meanwhile, something lost or someone off in the distance sits waiting to be found.

Have you ever been there? Ever been so distracted by your inability that the ‘shoulds’ and the ‘would-a could-as’ speak louder than the truth—that we serve a grace-giving God who specializes in lost things being found.

I love this woman’s response: Come on over—everyone! Rejoice with me because I have found my lost coin. She’s unafraid to celebrate. Her rejoicing covers any trace of ineptitude or lack of planning or disorganization.

The distraction of inability is quickly replaced by the point of the story Jesus tells: the lost is found; it’s reason enough to make merry.

The woman and her celebrations are such a beautiful image of grace. No more energy wasted on why the coin was lost or how it got that way. No more perseverating on what character flaws caused her to lose it. “Found” is the order of the day, and now it’s time to party!

Grace gives eyes to see and celebrate what’s been found. Grace welcomes a friend and reaches toward a neighbor in recognition of what wasn’t but now is. Grace removes the distraction of our inability and replaces it with God’s sufficiency for His Glory and our good.

Where have you lost something precious?

Perhaps it’s something you’ve treasured over the years.

Or perhaps it’s some way of being and seeing God and others that has slipped through the cracks of busyness, rush, hurry and a mind that’s too full for remembering one more thing.

No matter the reason, let go the distraction; it’s never been about your ability or mine. It’s always about His—through us.  

And besides, the search is always better when shared. So is the party too!

Jesus, thank you for being a Savior and Lord who finds lost things, rejoices in lost things found and calls us to do likewise. When my heart is hard or keeping track of all the ways I ‘shouldn’t’ have, draw me nearer to You, God of Grace. When I’m the one doing the losing, help me not be shamed into silence. Open my eyes to what’s lost and forgotten. Thank you that You call me to celebrate—to look beyond myself to what You are up to. Thank you for finding me each day. Amen.

As always, I appreciate your support and the honor of encouraging you through words of my own and others each month.

Seeking to serve,

Peg Arnold

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Get to Know Jennifer Sakata

Rev. Jennifer Sakata is a storyteller, observer of life, and grace-growing follower of Jesus. She lives in Central Illinois with her husband Craig and two fun-loving sons. Jennifer is a speaker, writer, and contributing author in two recent publications: She Writes for Him: Stories of Living Hope by Redemption Press and Whispers of Grace by EA Books. Jennifer is active in her community and you might see her cycling around on her hot-pink-tired road bike!

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A Mother’s Day Tribute


But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. Luke 2:9
Hi Friend!
It is Mother’s Day weekend and I wanted to share with you a tribute to my Mom, Ardis Merrill, who died August 2012. I still miss her and especially feel that absence when I walk by the card aisle. My mom left a legacy of love and faith for three daughters, two sons, and many grands and great grands.
The following poem is a tribute my sister wrote following her death. I pray it not only gives you a glimpse of my legacy but may it open doors for you to appreciate yours as well.

I Wear Her Face………..
By Beth Byerley
Peering through the lens of time to backward years
That lie like a long string of dominoes
Still falling forward – and feeling the momentum
As I am propelled forward with them, I wear her image like a cloak
All-at-once identifying me, coloring who I am.

We lost Mom’s presence nearly a year ago,
When her favorite season was coming to an end – Summer.
The time when her home on the lake was swelled with
Children, grandchildren, family, friends.
She cleaned, laundered, swept, and baked her way through summer,
Time measured by pitchers of koolaid, cribbage games, needlepoint projects.
Her presence permeated through
Smells of morning coffee, freshly baked muffins,
Through vases of the flowers she gathered –
From spring’s lilacs to late summers’ lilies;
Through the sounds of her smooth, warm voice
Talking low over the breakfast table…
The sweet beginning of a summer day with Mom.

I knew my Mother well – her deep faith in God
And her pervasive love for her family.
Fiercely loyal and true to her beliefs, she had her share of heart dents in life…
The wounds of prejudice,
The slights caused by battles with callousness and ignorance,
Poverty…
She wore her wounds like a soldier – fighting forward, suffering in silence,
Aware that other’s wounds were worse than her own.
And she loved us with openness of heart on the ground floor of life,
Where the anger could be expressed, the grief could be cried,
And the love could be embraced.

Mom decorated life from the time she entered it, until she left it.
Whether it was her beautiful face, the colorful scarves,
The art treasures she created with her hands in swift stitches on fabric,
Bold strokes with brushes and watercolor on canvas,
Or the creative ways she transformed “ordinary” into “beautiful”,

Mom left this world a more beautiful place because she was here.
She lived her life like a missionary: giving herself away to others,
Mentoring people behind her on the journey of life and faith —
Sharing truth with them; supporting them through their struggles.

She gave herself to us and our families…
Welcoming us for holidays and family gatherings…
Coming to our homes to care for our children,
Bringing the warmth and security of her presence while we traveled away,
Giving us peace of mind as we entrusted our precious families to her care.

Mom loved to travel….seeing the world at its best time…
Before wars and hatred tore our human fabric into fractured pieces.
We all have treasures from various parts of the world
As she brought home small pieces of its exotic beauty to us.

She shared her life with us, even as it began to close at the end….
Her eyes becoming her only way to express her love
As her brain dulled and her speech stopped.
We could see her frustration as she tried to join with us,
Participate in our circles of conversation,
Let us know her thoughts — but not being able to
Make it through the maze of twists and turns
As her Alzheimers slowly blocked her pathways through to us–
The people she loved most in the world.

When we said our final goodbye, surrounding her in the
Tight circle of family she had created in her womb…
Whom she had nurtured and served all her life,
It was to release her to the freedom of heaven,
To the great love of God and all who had gone before.
And what is left behind?
We are her legacy….
The sons and daughters and loving husband;
The beloved family she adored;
The friends and churches to whom she gave pieces of herself and her heart.

And to us, her daughters, she gave a more visible legacy –
Features from her lovely face.
May I be a credit to the legacy and all that it means….
May I love well and fully through a heart that loves Jesus first
.May I mentor and guide others to health and wholeness.
And may I love my family in ways that undergird them
With the secure knowledge of unconditional love.
I Thank God that being perfect is not the requirement for being loved.
Because love grows and prospers in
Grace, Forgiveness, and Healing.
That is what I learned from ARDIS MARIE, my Mother.

I pray you have a Blessed Mother’s Day!

As always, I appreciate your encouragement and seek to serve!
Peg Arnold
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Restoring Re-Entry

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.  Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6,7

Hi Friends!

I wanted to share a resource with you this month. Many of you may remember the reflection sheet I shared last year, titled, “Required Retreat”.  Well now that things are opening up and we are each deciding what our New Normal is going to look like, I created a follow up sheet. Some of you may have seen this online through Facebook or Instagram. It’s called Restoring Re-Entry. It is my prayer that you can use it as a source of support, accountability, and encouragement. I chose the word Restoring as a way of reminding us of the promise that God made to the Israelites;
      And I will restore or replace for you the years that the locust has eaten, Joel 2:25a

Others have used words like rebuilding or refreshing as they make decisions for the future. What will your new normal look like? I have focused on the same four areas of our life impacted this past year: Emotional, Physical, Social, and Spiritual. With each area, I have given two ways to refocus your thoughts and actions, a Scripture reference, and on the worksheet, I provide a space to record your personal thoughts. 

I’d love to hear from you if this reflection sheet is helpful. How you used it. How it encouraged you or supported someone else.  Please let me know by a comment on my page or responding to this email.

Thank you for joining me on this journey of faith. May we all continue to grow and discover ways to grow closer to Christ and to each other. In challenging times, one of my favorite verses is Isaiah 41:10;

So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand

For a copy of the reflection worksheet, use this link.

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Seek and Find

A guest devotional from a sister Whispers of Grace author and speaker, Colette Shaffer.

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. in the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. John 17:33

Did you ever play hide-and-seek as a kid or even as an adult? Did you prefer to hide rather than seek? Seeking takes work and diligence to find who or what it is you are looking for. When my kids were young and would play this game, I would often hear one of them yell (when they were seeking), “I give up!” It’s easy to give up on what we are seeking before we find it, but how rewarding it is when we are persistent and discover what we are looking for!

We play this game of hide-and-seek almost every day to varying degrees. As I have scoured over the images on Pinterest (yes, I’ve got sucked in, too), it seems we all are seeking the same basic things. We look for better organization, knowledge, a tip, a yummy recipe, decorating, the latest trends in style and design, or a great fit body. I believe, however, that we are also seeking more profound things for ourselves. As believers, we long for such wisdom, knowledge, and ultimately fulfillment in our lives through our God-given purpose.

I believe the most daunting task for people is seeking to find who they were created to be. You have probably heard or have even stated yourself, “I just need to find myself.” What that really means is that they need to find out who they are and what it is that will make them feel at peace, complete, and whole. Unfortunately, people (even Christians) try to use things of this world or even other people to accomplish their longing for wholeness.

Jesus told his disciples in John 17:32, “Indeed the hour is coming, yes, has now come, that you will be scattered, each to his own, and will leave Me alone.” Now Jesus was speaking specifically to his disciples and their situation, knowing that He soon would be crucified. His disciples would be scattered and leave him alone, but I also believe that there is a message to Christians today. I have seen so many scattered Christians, interested in their own things and leaving Christ and all he did for us alone.

Jesus went on to explain himself, saying, “These things I have spoken to you, that in ME you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” He’s saying you don’t go looking for peace and fulfillment in the world – there is nothing but hardship and hopelessness out there. He says that He already overcame those things so that you wouldn’t have to wallow through them but find yourself IN HIM.


 I guarantee that you will not be disappointed if you seek to find who you are IN HIM! He will far exceed anything you could have hoped or imagined for yourself. Seek Him daily, and you will find precisely who you were created to be.

Father, I thank you for sending Jesus to overcome the world. Help me to stay diligent in seeking out the One who brings peace to every situation I face. Amen.

Colette Schaffer is a writer, speaker, and recovering perfectionist who lives 2 hours from the nearest Walmart on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. This teacher at heart, and by profession, will encourage and equip you to dive deep into God’s Word so you can apply it to every part of your life–spirit, soul, and body. Colette has been a pastor with her husband since 2006. She has written two books; Expecting Jesus: An Advent Devotional and Planted: A Guided Study to Produce a Peace-Filled Life in an Anxiety-Filled World. She is also a contributor to the book, Whispers of Grace – a collection of stories, devotions, poems, and prayers.

Colette Shaffer

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As always, I appreciate your encouragement and seek to serve!

Peg Arnold

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Distraction of Drifts

A discerning person keeps wisdom in view, but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth. Proverbs 17:24

While nestled in my warm cozy home, watching the snow accumulate and drift with the latest Colorado storm, I am grateful I do not have to go anywhere.  The aromas of baked bread and crock pot soup waft through the air while I am wrapped in my warm fluffy blanket, savoring my second cup of coffee. When the kids were younger, blizzards were welcome pauses allowing time for family games, sledding, building snow men, and helping with the exhausting job of shoveling and clearing the snow from the driveway and front walk.  During this particular storm, husband tried to get out and remove the snow in shifts hoping to keep the work to a minimum. However, we watched as the wind intervened and the fluffy white drifts filled the cleared pavement deeper than it was before.

Sometimes my intentions drift like snow.  Receiving this gift of time, made me realize how vulnerable I am to this.  It seemed that the unexpected pause should have allowed me the ability to cross off those organizational tasks on my never-ending “to-do” lists. Instead, I seemed to drift aimlessly between tasks and had difficulty focusing on anything. Like the drifting snow, even though some of the tasks were completed, more tasks piled into the space created. I was left with a guilty feeling instead of taking a moment to breathe and relax.

Drifting snow has its changing beauty and tends to slow things down.  Most of my days are so scheduled that I constantly live under a cloud of guilt with the lack of my own productivity. Blizzards can bring a welcome bonus day off that allows more flexibility and opens up special times with loved ones or just plain relaxation. 

Proverbs 17: 24 is a reminder that when we are wise and intentional with our thoughts we are more discerning to what God’s will is for us. But if we wander too much, we can stray from God’s desires.  At first, I interpreted this as an admonishment to my squandered hours during my day off.  However, as I thought about it, God was reminding me to be intentional about how I use these unexpected gifts of time.  He is slowing me down to recognize the immeasurable value to family time, relaxation, and maybe focus on a devotion I might have raced through the first time.  Proverbs 62:5 reminds me to find my rest in God. “Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from Him.”

Dear Lord, Thank you for the gift and beauty of drifting snow. During this past year, there have been many cancellations and changes that have provided opportunities to slow down. Help me, especially as I approach Holy Week, realize that there is value in relaxation and rest and savor it. Amen


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Distraction of Definition

February, it’s the time of year when we think about love, mainly because of Valentine’s Day.  I remember as a girl, buying valentines for every single one of my classmates. Each of these had silly little sayings about love, but I would be very intentional about picking out certain ones for specific friends.  At that age, love was more of a feeling I had for my family, friends, and God.  Of course, through the years, my Valentine celebrations morphed into romantic expectations, you know, the kind found in books and movies. Eventually I experienced those early stages of puppy love but also some disappointments. 

Love has now expanded far beyond the celebration of a February holiday and those early days of conversation hearts.   As a believer, love is something I strive to demonstrate to God and others. Being a wife, mom, and nana, I want my actions of affection to be intentional and impactful.  In English, we use one word Love, as a noun or as a verb with various definitions and degrees of emotion.  But in the Greek language, love has eight different words! (listed alphabetically)

  1. Agápe: empathetic, universal love- This is the unconditional love we have for God and others as in the two greatest commandments: You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.  A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself, Matthew 22:37-39. 
  2. Eros: romantic, passionate love- This  is the passion you have for your spouse or significant other.
  3. Ludus: playful, flirtatious love- These are the beginning, tingling feelings without really knowing the other person.
  4. Mania: obsessive loveThis is a one-sided and very unhealthy desire for another person built on possession and control.
  5. Philia: intimate, authentic friendship- This is the affection you have for your dearest friends. It’s referred to as brotherly love-as in Philadelphia, and intended to mean a closeness and intimacy without physical attraction.
  6. Philautia: self-love- Remember Matthew 22:39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself,  Philautia is the positive emotions we should have for ourselves. I think many of us struggle with this type of love.  Even Aristotle said, “All friendly feelings for others are an extension of a man’s feelings for himself.” If this is true, I need to learn to love myself better so I can love others well.
  7. Pragma: committed, companionate love – This would be the sacrificial love of a caretaker or a mature marital love. It is a love that commits to the well-being of the other person without expectations.
  8. Storge: unconditional, familial love- This is a family and parental type of affection. Unconditional like Agape but intended for our family members. (found in the Greek City Times; comments-mine)

Defining love using the Greek words helped me realize that even as a little girl, I was learning different ways to demonstrate affection to others.  My Dad often reminded me that Agape love was the most important mission in life- love for God and fellow man.  His verse was  Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony, Colossians 3:14 . Another beloved minister taught me that I should have more than one type of love for those closest to me. But the biggest lesson from my “love” definition exploration is how my own Philautia-self-love or lack thereof can affect the impact of my love for others.   How about you?  Which of these definitions of love are new to you? How will that impact the way you love God, others, and yourself?

Dear Lord, What a marvelous God You are! Without You, we would not know what love is, for You are the creator and exemplar of love. You loved us so much that You gave Your only Son, that if we believe; we would have new life through Him. May we learn to love You deeply, others empathetically, and ourselves unconditionally. For the love we have for ourselves, impacts the love we are capable to give to others. Amen.

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