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Love Unites & Transforms!

Love unites & transforms!Do you know?

The month of February is all about love. I started pondering on the subject of love and the impact of it on our families and cities. I began to question what love is able to do and 2 words came into my mind. They are “UNITE” and “TRANSFORM”. And I thought: “That is interesting!” Not long after,  the design “Love unites and transforms” was created. In blogging about this design, I hope to discuss in greater depth some questions you may have and possible answers for them.  Well, naturally, the next question would be “How does love achieve that?” Let us begin, shall we?

Love Unites

When we say love unites, what does it mean? How does love achieve that? To understand all that, we need to understand the definitions. I shall attempt to give you a definition of the word love. In one of my previous blogs, according to the Bible, in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8,  it says:

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trust, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”

Love is basically not seek-focused. Rather putting another before one’s needs or wants. Now, looking at the definition of the word unite, I discovered an interesting term. According to an online dictionary, it reveals the word unite as:

Unite 1

Definition: To put together so as to make one; to join, as two or more constituents, to form a whole; to combine; to connect; to join; to cause to adhere; as, to unite bricks by mortar; to unite iron bars by welding; to unite two armies.

Unite 2

Definition: Hence, to join by a legal or moral bond, as families by marriage, nations by treaty, men by opinions; to join in interest, affection, fellowship, or the like; to cause to agree; to harmonize; to associate; to attach.

The term “connect” caught my eyes. We need two people to connect. When two people connect, there is communication. For communication to be at its peak, the speaker and the listener, need to understand and use the same language. Love is a language in which we communicate. If we express ourselves in love, because of the nature of love, we are able to connect to another. Often love brings two people together. In more ways, love tends to unite people because it is not self-seeking. I can therefore safely conclude that love does truly unite.

Love transforms

Now, how does love transform? How can love achieve that? As I searched for the definition of transformation, I discovered something interesting. Here is the definition:

1. To change markedly the appearance or form of:

2. To change the nature, function, or condition of; convert. See Synonyms at convert.

To transform, it means to alter, not just a minor change but an explosive change. It means a great deal to me knowing love is able to create such a huge impact and yet we don’t seem to grasp the truth of its capacity. Truly, how does love achieve that? One of the attributes of love mentioned in the Bible says: Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. Love disapproves all acts of evil. It embraces the truth. According to John 8:32, it says:

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

You may ask: Free from what? Well, the truth will set you free from what holds you in bondage. Could it be living in a life of lies, the compulsion to pursue after properties you cannot afford, compulsion to feed your unhealthy habits, addictions to substances, all of which can very well destroy your relationships with the ones you love? When one lives in truth, one lives truly free. And that is what love is able to accomplish in you. Love always protects, always trust, always hopes, always perseveres. Love does nothing to cause your love ones harm, always seeking what is good for the ones you love. If we can achieve all that love does, wouldn’t we be changed inside out?  Wouldn’t love transform our families? If we can truly love our neighbors and our communities, wouldn’t  our cities be transformed? What about our nation?

God is love!

Finally, I would like to conclude that the Bible says in 1 John 4:8: “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” Is it true to say that our society today, in the state as it is, is because we do not know God? Have we misplaced Him somewhere? Shouldn’t we get back to the truth, because the truth will set you free? Something for you to ponder on today.. think about it. God bless you!

From Ours to Yours,

Eileen

A Family Thrives On Respect And Honor!

Are you tired of seeing no positive change in your family? How about learning what respect and honor can do to your family if you practice them consistently on each other . Today, I will share about these two values and their effect on our families.

A family thrives on respect and honor!

Respect and Honor

EHOP latest Designs created this message. Do you believe a family thrives on respect and honor? Now wait a minute, what do you mean thrives? Well, according to a free online dictionary, to thrive means:

1. to make steady progress; prosper.

2. to grow vigorously; flourish.

How about the words respect and honor? Honor means to be held in high esteem to. Respect means

1. to pay proper attention to; not violate.

2. to show consideration for; treat courteously or kindly.

Interestingly, as I examined these words and their usage, I was reminded of 2 Bible verses in

Philippians 2:3-4. It says:

 

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better then yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of other

These 2 verses from Philippians are very appropriate to what we are learning today about showing respect and honor in our interaction with one another in the family. In truth, our attitude does affect  the outcome of the manner we interact with others.

Challenge

Now, applying to what we have learned today, have we showed respect and honor to our spouses lately? Or is it something we need to change? How about our relationship with our children? Respect to our spouses and children requires our active listening skills as well. When we listen attentively to their needs, we exhibit respect and how much we honor them because they matter to us. When we do not demand our spouses to do everything our way, rather leaving room for our spouses to express their creativity, shows how much we respect them. When we express our feelings to our spouses and how their actions affect us without avoiding confrontation, by communicating our thoughts appropriately. We show respect and honor through our thoughtfulness.

Are you finally convinced that a family does thrive on respect and honor? If you truly want to see positive change in your family, strive to build these two essential values into your daily interaction with your family members. I truly hope that what I’ve shared with you today will make a difference to you and your family. May you be truly blessed and be that agent of change for your family today!

From Ours to Yours,

Eileen

Love, Peace, Joy & Hope Are The Language Of A Healthy Family.

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Have you ever asked: What makes this family work?” “What is that special formula they have that we don’t?” “Why is keeping my family together so difficult?” “Why do I even try any more?” If you examine these questions, you will notice that in all of these, there is a lack of all the components mentioned. Can you therefore see the importance of having and speaking love, peace, joy and hope in your family? This is exactly what I am going to touch on in this article today.

Love

What is love? Why is love important? As a christian, I would like to share a Bible passage with you.

 

1 Corinthians 13: 4-8 says:

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trust, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”

Do you know how difficult it is for many of us to even do one of those which are mentioned about love? We can easily fail on any one aspect of love, do you agree with me? That is how powerful love is! Love is not simply about saying: ” I love you!” to your spouses and children and then just walk away thinking that is it. As you can see, from above, there is more to be demanded from us. Love is a commitment we give to our families to do all we can purely for their well-being. Can we honestly say that we have done all we could to love them?

When we know that we are loved, we have the confidence to face the challenges in our lives. Our children feel secure and protected. They see what is good and emulate it. They carry healthy perspectives through their lives because of what they see. Love is all about what we do, not simply what we say. Let us speak and show love to our families because we are their hope to a better and healthy future.

Peace

What is peace? Why is peace important? When a family is constantly fighting and arguing, there is no peace in that family, right? According to the wikipedia’s definition of peace:

“It describes a society or a relationship that is operating harmoniously and without violent conflict. Peace is commonly understood as the absence of hostility, or the existence of healthy or newly healed interpersonal or international relationships, safety in matters of social or economic welfare, the acknowledgment of equality and fairness in political relationships.”

How can peace exist if there are constant fights between parents and siblings? Peace is the result of a loving family, don’t you think? The Bible talks about peace as well. The peace that comes not from man, but of God which is beyond our human understanding. Peace brings harmony and balance to our families. We need to seek not only love but also peace within our families.

Joy And Hope

As the saying goes: Where there is peace, there is joy! Joy and hope are the natural outcome of what we have invested in our families. If we sow love and peace, we reap joy and hope! We need to make a decision to act accordingly with love and maintain peace within our families if we truly want to build healthy and stable families. To end these wars, we also need to break that cycle of negativity in our families. We can make that difference!

EHOP Designs has a dream to see families live in love and peace experiencing joy and hope because they deserve it. We need to learn to speak the language of a healthy family if we have that desire to reverse the present trend that our families are heading, a high divorce rate. We do need to stop this downward spiral path of destruction. Don’t let your family become another number on the records of divorce statistics. Fight it because your family is important to you!

From Ours to Yours,

Eileen