Thursday, July 21, 2011


 A lovely guest post from Jessica on my word of the year... I read it and begged her for permission to publish it on my blog. :)
This is a linked post, though... she is posting the guest post I wrote for her as the winner of the WWWWWH contest at this same time - go check it out on her blog!

Is there a more beautiful word in the world than love? I wonder how many of us have imagined that special moment when we are Cinderella meeting Prince Charming? That second in time where our breath it taken away and we know we are in – love.

Love is a need for many of us. It’s a part of a human’s nature to want to love and be loved by those around us. But there is so much more to love than star lit skies and Prince Charming.

Love is a Death to Self

God has given me many opportunities to try on other people’s shoes in my life, and as I step out of each I am awed by the degree of self-sacrifice that is made to make things happen.
The first mention of love in the Bible is found in Genesis: And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom though lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. Genesis 22:2 KJV. Asking Abraham to sacrifice his son was the ultimate sacrifice, but it is only a reflection of the ultimate act of love that was yet to come.
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 KJV. Christ laid down His life so that we may live, but it is through death that life and love happen.
Cinderella’s station and appearance made it impossible to attend the royal ball and her dreams were crushed as she watched her stepmother and sisters leave in their fine carriage. Her dream died. Only when all hope had vanished did something miraculous happen.

Love Never Fails

Charity (Love) never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. 1 Cor. 13:8 KJV
God’s perfect, deep, rich love has never failed mankind. Can you ever think of a time when true love failed someone? I am at a loss to find one. You will not find a place where evil has triumphed over love. True love never fails - it has even conquered the grave.
Cinderella went to the ball in 10 times more grandeur than she could have dreamed. Not only that, she danced with the prince, discovering something she never thought possible. She found true love, her prince.

Love is Fearless

If you are dead to your own desires, and love never fails you, you should have nothing to fear. You’ve got nothing to lose, right? So what is there to fear? God knows you, He loves you just as you are, He chose an imperfect peasant girl to be His bride, and through His love we are made perfect.
God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love him, because he first loved us. 1 John 4: 16b -19.
If we really love how can we be fearful? We are made perfect by His love, we have nothing to fear. Yet many of us still live in fear.
Cinderella had everything she could have ever wished for. What made her leave her dream come true?
Fear. Fear of her true identity being revealed, of standing in rags before the prince of the kingdom, of being found unworthy. It was her fear that made her flee the ball, throwing both of them in torment, causing disruption through the entire kingdom.
What if she had stood there at the first strike of midnight, looked into the prince’s eyes, and told him, “I have a confession to make. I am not who you think I am, I am merely a peasant girl and when at the last stroke of midnight I’ll be a peasant in rags. I am not your dream come true I am just...” The clock strikes for the 12th time, and Cinderella is staring at her bare feet, the glass slippers are gone, the sparkle of her dress has turned into mended rags, her hair tumbles about her shoulders.
The prince lets out a long sigh, Cinderella winces and turns away. His hand suddenly rests gently on her arm, “Where are you going?”
“It’s all over.”
Cinderella, please, look at me.”
She raises her eyes to meet his; there is relief mingled with happiness on his face.
“All this time that we were together, I thought you might just be a dream. Now I know that you aren’t a dream. You are perfect for me.”

 Living in love is more than a fairytale; it is a daily work, a daily dying, living, loving and learning to be fearless of what may come.

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