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Perfect Love

Evident Grace

God loves me. What does that mean? What is love, other than fuzzy feelings? My search led me to an article in a decades-old magazine entitled, “God’s Intensely Personal Love.”* The author starts out with a beautifully complete dictionary definition (I don’t know what dictionary) of love. The Scripture references after each point are given in the article to illustrate how perfect God’s love is on each of these counts:

“a strong personal attachment and ardent affection which includes three things:

1) sympathetic understanding…

Hebrews 4:15-16

God has compassion on us, keeping in mind that we’re merely human. Psalm 103:13-14

2) good will & benevolent, kind action…

God has good plans for His children, to give them a secure future. Jeremiah 29:11

He will make an everlasting covenant with His people and never stop doing good for them. He enjoys doing good for them! Jeremiah 32:40-41

He cares for us…

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Having Fun

In going through the last piles of “stuff” to be dealt with before a major move (albeit temporary), I ran across a fun article from Good Housekeeping, June 2011, entitled “Find Time for Fun.” 

I kept it because I normally don’t consider myself a fun type of person.  But I’m intrigued about the different kinds of fun that the author, Gretchen Rubin, distinguishes.

Challenging fun:  The most rewarding but also demanding.  Like learning a sport or a new skill. 

Accommodating fun.  Doing something with friends that strengthens relationships but requires coordination with other people.  An example would be a birthday party or a family trip.

Relaxing fun.  This takes no effort or planning.  Watching TV is the prime example. 

I would like to balance my “fun” among all of these.  Building skills and creativity for one’s enjoyment and others’ pleasure, investing in time with others, and just relaxing at the end of a stressful day—each of these has its place in a well-balanced life. 

You can read the whole article at this website:  http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health/wellness/happiness-project-having-fun

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