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Bits & Pieces -- February 17

While Valentine's Day is past, every day is meant to love. We always think Valentine's Day is for lovers, but I found a little story written by JoAnn Merrill called "Love: A Variation on a Theme". It portrays a different view of love, I enjoyed it and I hope you do too.

If I live in a house of spotless beauty with everything in its place, but have not love, I am a housekeeper - not a homemaker.

If I have time for waxing, polishing, and decocrative achievements, but not have love, my children learn cleanliness - not Godliness.

Love leaves the dust in search of a child's laugh.

Love smiles at the tiny fingerrpints on a newly cleaned window.

Love wipes away the tears before it wipes up the spilled milk.

Love picks up the child before it picks up the toys.

Love is present through the trials.

Love reprimands, reproves, and is responsive.

Love crawls with the baby, walks with the toddler, runs with child, then stands aside to let the youth walk into adulthood.

Love is the key that opens salvation's message to a child's heart.

Before I became a mother I took glory in my house of perfection. Now I glory in God's perfection of my child.

As a mother there is much I must teach my child, but the greatest of all is love.

And I will close with this quote by Paul Tillich - "The first duty of love is to listen".

Have a good day!