Putting Fingers to Keyboard.....#WQ...Theme: Love

It's another week of  Wednesday Quotes, hosted by Marsha from Always Write. If you're interested in joining, you can find more about #WQ here

This weeks theme is Love! 

"Love is not about defending a point of view; even if I am prepared to give away everything I Have and die a martyr's death; love does not have to prove itself by acts of supreme devotion or self sacrifice.

Love is large in being passionate about life and relentlessly patient in bearing the offenses and injuries of others with kindness. Love is completely content and strives for nothing. Love has non desire to make others feel inferior and has no need to sing it's own praises. 

Love is predictable and does not behave out of character. Love is not ambitious. Love is not spiteful and gets no mileage out of another's mistakes; it bears no record of wrongs. 

Love sees no joy in injustice. Loves delight is in everything that truth celebrates.

Love is a fortress where everyone feels protected rather than exposed. Love's persuasion is persistent. Love believes. Love never loses hope and always remains constant in contradiction.

Love never loses its altitude

1 Corinthians 13:3-8

That above verse is from the Mirror Bible Translation and it's probably one of my favorite translations of that verse. I know that man personally who authored this translation (it is ongoing as it takes him so long), and he and his wife are some of the most loving people we've met. 

There are so many forms of love: Eros (romantic love), Philia (Affectionate love like in friendships), Pragma (enduring love), Storge (love between parents and children or childhood friends, familiar love), Ludus (playful love, like flirting), Mania (obsessive love), Philautia (self love), Agape (selfless love, an attitude of love for everyone and anyone) 

Then there are the 5 love languages: Acts of Service, Words of affirmation, Physical touch, gift giving/receiving, quality time. Have you ever taken a test? Mine are gifts and quality time. I would say words of affirmation too but sometimes if they're not backed up with certain actions, they fall flat. 

One of the ways I show love for people is by hospitality; cooking for them, inviting them into our home with no expectations on them. I also love telling people how valuable they are by sending texts, messages, and I've been trying to be "in tune" to where people are in life and sending simple gifts as reminders that they are loved. 

Sometimes our gestures of love go unacknowledged, and that's okay, I'll choose to love anyways. Sometimes the hardest person to love is ourself, I believe it's a journey we are all walking and at each stage of our lives we will be required to love ourselves over again...as our bodies age, as life circumstances change. Sometimes the self love movement goes a bit too far and in saying we need to love ourselves as we are (physcially, mentally, emotionally), doesn't encourage change as part of that self love. Yes, love yourself, as you are, where you are today, but don't be content to stay there. Do what's needed to be healthy and whole in all aspects of life. 

Here were some beautiful quotes I found. Thomas Merton has many more, but I only shared a few. 

I hope you enjoyed those quotes. I was going to add some photos, but am a bit under the weather and just didn't really feel like looking for some this week. 

With Joy Unquenchable,


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