Love Hard. Hug Long.

Last Saturday, my dad stood in my kitchen.  While spooning chili over a crumbled cornbread muffin, I stood beside of him, both of us hovering over an array of game time food.

Football means family around here.

Even if the game is a loss, my dad coming in for every home game makes me a winner.

As I continued making my Petro, dad sat down his bowl.  Rubbing my back he smiled, “Thanks honey for doing all of this.”

At that I sat down my plate and hugged my sweet daddy.

“You make my heart soar like a hawk, kid.  You know that?”

I’ve heard that phrase since childhood, and it has yet to get old.

I hugged him harder. And in a moment, he became very mortal.  And so did I.

I thought, This hug, this moment, is finite.  One day I won’t be able to wrap my arms around my daddy.  

I know it may sound drab, but this quick realization was such a gift.

Carpe Diem.

This weekend we all get one shot at Thanksgiving 2012.  We are going to be around people we may see only once or twice a year.

{And some of these people you may not even like!}

But it doesn’t matter….love them anyway.

Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8

Love (agapē) – 1) affection, good will, love, benevolence, brotherly love  2) love feasts

“Love feasts”!  This makes me smile.

In the spiritual realm, Thanksgiving is a feast of a different kind.


Fill yourself full of LOVE this weekend!

 Lavish the love of Christ on your people.  Cover them with affection and grace.

I know they may have hurt you.  I know they may get on your ever-lovin’ last nerve.

But we just have to know that we might get on their nerves, too.



This Thanksgiving is FINITE.  Let us make the most of it.

Reflect and Respond:

Relationally, are you dreading the holidays?  Ask God to show you where you can be most prayerful.

I find that the time to prepare for being around “hard” people is now.  Not when I get there!  How can you prepare your heart now for loving the unloveable?

Power Verse:

For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Galations 5:14

And a BIG CONGRATS to Julie Callis! You are our Lunch Sack Seeds winner!!  Julie!  I am so excited for you!  Email me your address and your sacks will be on their way!


6 thoughts on “Love Hard. Hug Long.

  1. Yay!! Thank you Becky for a fun giveaway! And thank you for the perfect pre-Thanksgiving blog post! God is using you in mighty ways!

  2. Well, Mrs. Crenshaw, you did it again! God put words on your heart that are EXACTLY what I need right this minute. You are something, girl, and what a sweet daddy you have. “Love feast” . . . that is great. Happy Thanksgiving! I am thankful for you.

    Congratulations, Julie! Sandwiches and snacks are going to be extra yummy coming from those cute bags. 🙂

  3. Thanks Becky for the reminder to savor every little second! I will hug tighter and longer tomorrow! Happy Thanksgiving! I am thankful for you and your sweet blog!

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