Sunday, June 1, 2014

Bread for the Journey



Love is kind and patient, never jealous, boastful, proud, or rude.  
Love isn’t selfish or quick tempered.  
It doesn’t keep a record of wrongs that others do.   
Love rejoices in the truth, but not in evil.   
Love is always supportive, loyal, hopeful, and trusting. 
 Love never fails!
~ 1 Corinthians 3:4-8 CEV  

One year ago, as we launched the Celebrations cookbook, Julie presented each of us (the ten MGCC 'girls') with a special handmade gift.  She embroidered ten hot-pads...each with a different scripture.  The verses were those from the list illustrated above 'Ten ways to Love'....practical, Biblical ways to show love.

My piece of artwork was...


...Answer Without Arguing.  Proverbs 17:1

Now that seems like good advice...and since it was 'the lot I drew'...I was sure there was a good message in it for me.  After all...who am I to argue?  I framed it and hung it in my office.  I have thought of those words often this past year.  Should I say something...or should I bite my tongue?  I have decided that in most cases it is better just to listen.  To try to understand rather than give my point of view.  To respond in a way that is encouraging rather than discouraging.

Answer without arguing.  It is a good way to show love!  They all are. 

 


8 comments:

  1. Wonderful! Where did she come up with the idea? I love it. Good for me, too. I love your Bread for the Journey.

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  2. So true Judy - so often we feel we have to defend ourselves or prove that we are right when the right thing to do is to just listen. Good advice from the Good Book.

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  3. Mine is "Trust Without Wavering". Thanks for putting them all together in this post, Judy!

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  4. All of these biblical commands are great reminders for me! Thank you for sharing them:) They are especially meaningful for me today as we celebrate our wedding anniversary. Many years of marriage have passed and I still have so much room for improvement. This is so encouraging! Thank you:)

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  5. A very timely reminder for me, and I need regular reminding, even though I am 58 years old! Specifically, I am thinking of adult children. Mine don't want advice, just a listening ear and encouragement in their decisions, and that is SO hard for me. Thank you for the lovely post.

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  6. Good morning! Judy...I wonder if you can help. "Once upon a time" you posted about a dinner you had enjoyed in the States; it included a rhubarb sauce that had jello in the recipe. Two years ago, I canned rhubarb and added jello based on the recipe you shared. Last year, I canned rhubarb "plain" but decided I like it better with the inclusion of jello. Problem is...I can't find my notes. Could you help with this? Thanks very much!

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    1. I'm guessing you are looking for this rhubarb sauce recipe... http://www.mennonitegirlscancook.ca/2012/04/rhubarb-sauce.html Enjoy!

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    2. Thank you, Judy - I found it! Well, I'm off to the rhubarb field...and then back to my kitchen! Thanks for the quick response, and hope you have a lovely week!

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