Love Personified

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I saw the words go by as I scrolled through Pinterest. It was any other regular afternoon but, as I am apt to do, I thought I’d kill a few minutes looking at crafts, yummy foods, and quotes.

Now, mind you, I don’t have time to make the craft projects and almost every food creation has turned out, well, not exactly yummy … but the quotes never disappoint me.

Soon after I turn the final page on paper books or ebooks, I pause and then open my quote book and begin to transfer over in black ink the words that challenged me, encouraged me, or simply made me think.

I have a thing for words and I’ve fallen in love with the power of story, so I suppose it’s no surprise that of all the boards I’ve created on Pinterest, my largest by far is simply titled Words.

That afternoon, hidden between recipes and home decor, I stumbled upon this quote by Dean Jackson:

She dances to the songs in her head, speaks with the rhythm of her heart, and loves from the depths of her soul.

I stopped. I paused. And maybe like you, I couldn’t figure out why that quote would have such an effect on me. But I think it’s because his words led me back to my own heartbeat, based on Philippians 1:9.

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We leave people with an after-thought, an after-taste. I want mine to be Love.

I don’t want to be consumed with the little things that get caught in the in-between, I want to love them well. When the conversation ends and we walk away to our own Next Thing, I want my ‘after’ to be one of love.

In his words, Dean Jackson painted a picture of a carefree and happy girl, one that I want to be like. He speaks of things far more valuable than a good hair day or freshly painted nails. She is her own person, confident in who she is and lovely from the inside out.

Who wouldn’t want to be described in such words?

And yet still, I am drawn to that last part – she loves from the depths of her soul.

What would that look like for us? It won’t look the same across the board, but what if you carved out five minutes each day to simply love someone – on purpose. Maybe write a real, hand written note? Pray for a friend and send a short text message saying she was on your heart? Buy an extra cup of coffee as you’re leaving the coffee shop and deliver it to a friend who has a lot on her plate?

It doesn’t have to be extravagant and I think that’s one of love’s greatest secrets: Love can be personified in a million little ways when we simply reach out a hand with an offer to help.

I don’t know what it will look like for you, but I do know that it will change the way you live.

Five minutes. One person. Each day.

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