Show God’s Love By Paying It Forward

“Love can change lives.” We all know this. We have all heard of stories of people whose lives have been changed because of love. While these life stories are moving, I believe the strongest and most profound proof of how powerful love can be is the life and sacrifice of Jesus Christ. It was love in its purest and strongest form that lead Jesus Christ to come down to earth and redeem us all from sin.

What better way to respond to the love that has transformed us than to pay it forward. The love that we have experienced from God is not meant to be locked in our hearts and enjoyed on our own. A love so great as Jesus’ love is meant to be shared.

As John the Apostle said in 1 John 4:11, “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

As followers of Christ we ought to do just as he did–radiating love to everyone around him, doing kind deeds to everyone he came in contact with.

Here’s a must-read post about sharing God’s love through good deeds: “Spread the Love: Random Acts of Kindness.”

The Foundation of Our Salvation

A post titled, “The Very Basis Of The Gospel Is To Know That God Is Love!” delivered a wonderful reminder to me today. It reminded me of why I have been saved by Jesus–of why I was given the gift of Salvation. While it can be a complex thing to think about the concept of salvation sometimes, the reason why we have all been saved and offered a chance at eternal life is really simple, and that is because God loves us so dearly.

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

Our justification comes from the grace of God. Grace is favor, the free and undeserved help that God gives us to respond to his call to become children of God, adoptive sons, partakers of the divine nature and of eternal life.

We don’t deserve to be saved. We don’t deserve to live with God forever. We don’t deserve the grace of God, but God gave it to us anyway. All because of his great love for us all.

How Do You Show Your Children You Love Them?

When expressing love, we all would agree that actions speak louder than words. So while telling our children we care about them, it is important to remember that it takes more than words to really make them feel and understand how much they are loved by you. There are a lot of wonderful ways to shower children with affection, and while most of us use hugs, kisses and cuddles to do so, I believe that all of us have our own unique little ways to let our little ones know just how special and loved they really are.

If you want some new ideas to on how to make your children feel treasured, this post will be most helpful: “40 Ways To Show Your Child Love.”

I would also love to hear what you do to show your children you care about them. Please share with me in the comments section!

Let Your Love for God Guide Your Work for Him

Have you ever compared what you do for God with what other people do for him? Have you ever felt as if the work you are doing for God is so small compared to the work others are doing? Well, I have in many instances. I constantly hear and read stories of missionaries and evangelists risking their lives just to share the love of God with people living in remote areas of the earth. Hear this I can’t help but feel ashamed of myself. Yes, I am doing something to share God’s love and his gift of salvation, but my actions just seem to be so trivial and insignificant compared to the deeds of others.

But this morning I realized something very important through a post entitled, “What Would You Look Like?” Reading the wonderful article gave me the assurance that God appreciates the things I do for him–no matter how small they may seem for me. We are each given our very own roles in his kingdom. We may not be priests, nuns, missionaries, preachers, teachers, caregivers, etc. but this does not mean our service is less important to God. So long as our service to God is born out of loving him “with all our heart, all our soul, all our mind and all our strength,” our service is perfect in his eyes.

My Love For Christ, Is It Enough?

If someone asks if we love God, most of us would likely answer with a big “YES.” Have you ever come to ask yourself if your love for God is enough? Have you ever measured your love for God against his love for you? A post I read this morning entitled, “Passionate for my REDEEMER!” lead me to ask myself these questions.

When I recall God’s acts of love for me, I can’t help but feel ashamed of how little I can offer to reciprocate it. I mean, no matter how much I try I will never be able to love God as much as he does me. There is certainly no way I can equal the intensity and the depth of God’s caring for me. The good thing is God does not need us to do that. All God wants is that we love him with everything that we are. As is said in Luke 10:27, “Love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.”

Reflecting God’s Love With Our Parenting

We all want our children to grow up to be good individuals. We want them to be successful, happy and most importantly close to God. I pray everyday that my kids will have a strong faith and connection with God all the days of their lives. Hence, my husband and I make it a point to take our children to church every Sunday, try to pray the rosary everyday, and make his word and his ways a natural part of our everyday family life.

But this morning, I was reminded by “Parenting: Modeling God’s Love” that aside from the intentional things that I do to help strengthen the foundation of the faith of my children, I need to make sure that how I am raising them reflects God’s love for them. And what kind of love is this? The Apostle Paul offers a very beautiful description in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7:

“Love is very patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud, never haughty or selfish or rude. Love does not demand its own way. It is not irritable or touchy. It does not hold grudges and will hardly even notice when others do it wrong.

It is never glad about injustice, but rejoices whenever truth wins out. If you love someone you will be loyal to him no matter what the cost. You will always believe in him, always expect the best of him, and always stand your ground in defending him.”

I hope that I am capable of emulating this love in my parenting techniques. My children deserve to be cared for in a manner such as that spoken of by Paul the Apostle.

Loving Our Homeless Brothers and Sisters

This morning I stumbled into an inspiring post entitled “Just Love Homeless People.” The post did not only give me a new perspective on loving our homeless brothers and sisters but also prompted me to review what Jesus had to say about serving and loving the less fortunate.

Upon reading my notes and the Scriptures, I was brought to the realization that Jesus Christ himself was homeless too. In Matthew 8:20, Jesus said,“Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” Jesus didn’t have a home and although I don’t think God wants us to abandon our homes, I believe his very noble example ought to teach us a lot of valuable lessons–one of which I believe is to appreciate and share the comforts that we are blessed with. If Jesus who owned no material possessions was able to share a lot of things to the poor and the homeless, it should not be impossible for us to do the same.

To end, let me leave you this reminder from Matthew 25:34-40, “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,  you did it to me.”

What Jesus’ Love Is Like

Jesus loves us; as a matter of fact, he loves us so much that he laid his own life just to give us all a chance at eternal life. And while all Catholics are well aware of the greatness of God’s love, not many of us take the time to discover just what Jesus’ love is like. A lot of us are already happy and content knowing that we are loved by a great and powerful God. But if we think about it, there is even greater joy in knowing exactly how our God loves us.

This morning, I read a wonderful post that reminded me to not just settle in knowing that I am loved by Jesus but also to take the time to discover what his love is like. If you want to read this wonderful piece, here it is: How Does Jesus Love You?

Celebrating Valentine’s Day In The Light of God’s Love

It’s St. Valentine’s Day today. If we look at the Church calendar, you would see that today is no longer a part of the official worldwide feasts of the Roman Catholic Church. Nevertheless, it cannot be denied that majority of the world’s population will still be celebrating this day, which has already been known worldwide as the “day of love.”

A lot of lovers all over the world will be expressing their love for each other through flowers, chocolates, letters, and grand gestures. And while I sincerely think that those actions are admirable, my family likes to take this day as a day to celebrate the greatest love of all–God’s unfathomable love!

God may not be able to hand me flowers or chocolates today, but He certainly loves me a lot! He gave me a gift that no one else could ever give–the gift of salvation.

As we celebrate the love of our families and loved ones today, hopefully we also take the time to appreciate God’s love for us. Take the time to read this post, On Valentine’s Day: Give Love and feel the great love God has for you!

The Hardest Part of Being A Parent: The Unconditional Love

The stresses of parenting can easily take a toll on a busy mom like me. Before I got married and had kids, I already had heard some of my friends say that parenting is the hardest job in the world. As a single, childless woman, I would often take those statements as an exaggeration of some sort. I mean, what could be so difficult about feeding, bathing, grooming and watching over a little child? Ha! I should have known better!

As soon as I had my first child, I realized just how much of a struggle it is to care for one little kid. The endless crying, the sleepless nights, the terrible sight and smell of poop, the constant state of mess and uncontrollable tantrums. (Well, I could go on, but I think you already got my point.)

Yes, parenting can be hard with all these things that parents need to do to raise a child a healthy and happy child. But what really is it that makes parenting the hardest job in the world? One mother’s answer opened my eyes and moved me to tears, she said, “It is LOVE that makes parenting so hard.” Here is her beautiful post entitled, “What Makes Parenting So Hard.”