Love

What Is God’s Love Like?

July 6, 2008 - that was the day Michael popped into my eHarmony inbox.  You have a match waiting for you.  If you’ve ever been on eHarmony, or any dating website, then you know that those words are enough to fill you with hope and dread all at the same time. Before I tell you what happened next, I should rewind a little. In July 2008, I was...

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Valentine, How Do I Love Thee?
Valentine, How Do I Love Thee?

Valentine's Day brings sweet expressions of romance. "I love you" fills telephone lines, mailboxes, airwaves, personal ads and cybertraffic. The price of flowers mysteriously rises in February. How do you say, "I love you"? Maybe a kind greeting in the morning or a phone call midday? A nice lunch or dinner can convey the feeling. So can a surprise...

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God Removed My “Damaged Goods” Sticker
God Removed My “Damaged Goods” Sticker

“Sometimes I feel like you’re worthless!” said the voice on the phone. “Well then,” I replied.  “I suppose we shouldn’t be together.” I hung up. After months of trying to end things, of breaking up with him repeatedly, I finally had the courage to let my boyfriend go once and for all. In the aftermath of that final phone call...

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Being in Love Isn’t Enough
Being in Love Isn't Enough

Right before I got married I read Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Got Married by Gary Chapman. There is a great list of “flags” to go through in conversation with your significant other before, and even after, you marry. I believe most sources of conflict in marriage can be worked out so I didn’t see anything on Chapman’s list that was...

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Romantic Love Has Two Stages
Romantic Love Has Two Stages

Before I got married I knew that there were two stages of love I just wasn’t sure how it worked. I knew there was a difference between the “over the moon” swooning and butterflies honeymoon phase of a relationship, and the deep, sustaining quality of love that lasts through the decades. I had witnessed both kinds of love. I just wasn’t sure...

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What Is Love?
What Is Love?

If you type ‘what is love?’ in a search engine, you are likely going to get more than 10 million results. Yet, all those articles combined barely scratch the surface of this wonderfully complicated four-letter word. We have an intrinsic need to love and be loved; yet, it is never as easy at it seems. Karen Woodard from FamilyLife Canada explains...

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Love can be dangerous
Love can be dangerous

Do you crave intimacy? Has love betrayed you? Often, our lives begin with a need for love, and our life stories consist of searching for it. Love can be dangerous. One reason is that it's volatile. A passionless relationship may not have much excitement, but neither does it have much capacity for failure. When you aim low, for mere companionship,...

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Love Calls God to You
Love Calls God to You

Do you crave intimacy? Has love betrayed you? Often, our lives begin with a need for love, and our life stories consist of searching for it. Regardless of what you've been through, no matter how far you've wandered away from God (or how often you've shrugged with indifference), love moves God to you. And there's nothing this world needs more than...

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