“You can count on me like one two three, i’ll be there, and I know when I need it I can count on you like four three two, you’ll be there.” Bruno Mars
For me, family is so much more than just the textbook definition. It doesn’t matter if we share the same blood or the same last name. To me, that doesn’t mean anything. Family is someone who is always there for you, no matter what. Through the good, the bad, and the ugly. It’s the late night conversations when you can’t sleep because you’ve got a lot on your mind. It’s driving over 3hrs just to spend the day with someone and bake cookies. Through the laughs, the smiles, and the tears, they are always there for you. They don’t care about where you came from or who you are. All that matters is that you are family. From countless sleepovers, to countless phone calls, no matter how annoying you may or may not get, they don’t care. They are still going to be there for you, through the thick and thin, through the good times and the bad times.
They say you can’t choose your family, but I say you can. Blood doesn’t make you family, it just makes you related. Loyalty makes you family. Growing up I didn’t have much family. I come from a small “family”. I always wanted a big family like other people I knew had. As the years went by people can and went. For years it was just me, my mom, my dad, and occasionally my sister. Eventually I found people that cared for me and loved me as if I was always part of their family. So in the end, family can be found anywhere and can be anyone. “The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works, is the family.” ~Lee Iacocca
“I love thee with a love that shall not die. Till the sun grows cold and the stars grow old.” ~William Shakespeare
“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.” ~Mark Twain
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” ~John 15:13
“If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.” ~Ronald Reagan
(I do not necessarily share the beliefs of all the people cited, but these are good quotes nonetheless.)
“Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord.
And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.
My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.”
*New International Version
Valentine’s Day is a huge holiday for business and couples. Besides there being “love in the air”, a lot of us tend to think about what we love. (Especially us single people 😉)
So I challenged myself to finish the sentence I love… in 10 different ways. Some of these are true, others, just mere poetics.
I love how your eyes sparkle in the moonlight.
I love the smell of decadent chocolates.
I love the smell of old books.
I love the way my heart beats to the sound of the music.
I love how there is bible verse for any and every life situation we are in.
I love how I live in a country that allows me (for now at least) to share with people my thoughts on different topics.
I love the sound of a baby’s laugh.
I love my friends and family and all they do for me.
I love all the beauty that can be found in nature.
I love when it snows and it blankets everything in white.
What are some things that you love?
“For this very reason do your best to add goodness to your faith; to your goodness add knowledge; to your knowledge add self-control; to your self-control add endurance; to your endurance add godliness; to your godliness add Christian affection; and to your Christian affection add love. These are the qualities you need, and if you have them in abundance, they will make you active and effective in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
*Good News Translation