Risk Love

Our move to Scott AFB in southern Illinois was the sixth move for my sixth grader and probably the most stressful. In addition to the general meanness of girls on the cusp of junior high, my daughter experienced the isolation of being the new kid, and not just any new kid, but the child of a military member always facing the possibility of being reassigned to a new location.

As one mother explained, it was difficult for these elementary school kids, who had known each other since first grade, to open their hearts to someone who might not be around in a couple of years.

They were too young to know that to love is to risk loss.

You have to be willing to lose in order to win. In love. In Life. In everything you’ll ever do.” ~ Evan Sanders, The Better Man Project

Inhale Love, Exhale Defensiveness…
Inhale Risk, Exhale Protectiveness…
Inhale Loss, Exhale Insecurities…
Just Breathe

#JustBreathe
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Where’s the Love, y’all?

Terrorist acts, whether committed against individuals or communities, are meant to intimidate and control. They only work if we agree to be afraid…

People killin’, people dyin’
Children hurt and you hear them cryin’
Can you practice what you preach?
Or would you turn the other cheek?

Father, Father, Father help us
Send some guidance from above
‘Cause people got me, got me questionin’
Where is the love…?” The BlackEyed Peas, Where is the Love?

Inhale Humanity, Exhale Brutality…
Inhale Compassion, Exhale Violence…
Inhale Love, Exhale Fear…
Just Breathe

#JustBreathe

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We’re All We Got

Everyday there seems to be a new executive action designed to divide, separate and isolate Americans from each other and from a suffering world. While our reality president is focused on ratings, I’m focusing on the Americans offering their talents, their time, their treasure…their love to those who need it most.

We, though, are going to love—love and be loved. First we were loved, now we love. He loved us first.” 1 John 4: 19, The Message

Inhale Humanity, Exhale Isolation…
Inhale Kindness, Exhale Indifference…
Inhale Connection, Exhale Division…
Just Breathe

#JustBreathe
#Love

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Deeply Loved

If only we could see ourselves as God sees us, innocent and blameless, we would stop beating ourselves up, stop projecting our shame onto others, stop hiding in fear.

We could be fearlessly vulnerable from a place rooted in conviction and connection and fearlessly loving from the knowledge that we are deeply loved…

We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honor the spiritual connection that grows from that offering with trust, respect, kindness and affection.” ~ Brené Brown

Inhale Innocence, Exhale Shame…
Inhale Blamelessness, Exhale Blame…
Inhale Love, Exhale Fear…
Just Breathe

#JustBreathe

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Unconditional Love

If God is Love, and He is, and fear is the opposite of love, and it is, then isn’t fear ungodly?

“If anyone boasts, “I love God,” and goes right on hating his brother or sister, thinking nothing of it, he is a liar. If he won’t love the person he can see, how can he love the God he can’t see? The command we have from Christ is blunt: Loving God includes loving people. You’ve got to love both.”  1 John 4:20-21 The Message

Inhale Love, Exhale Conditions…
Inhale Love, Exhale Constrictions…
Inhale Love, Exhale Contradictions…
Just Breathe…

#JustBreathe

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Born to Love

What are we so afraid of? Why is it so hard to see other humans as human? How does our fear impact our humanity?

Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we have learned here. The spiritual journey is the relinquishment— or unlearning— of fear and the acceptance of love back into our hearts.“~ Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love.

Inhale Love, Exhale Suspicion…
Inhale Love, Exhale Separation…
Inhale Love, Exhale Segregation…
Just Breathe

#JustBreathe

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