When Love is the Way…

“There is power in love to help and heal when nothing else can. There is power in love to lift up and liberate when nothing else will.” Bishop Michael Curry

I didn’t watch the royal wedding, but I’ve enjoyed catching up on snippets of it since. One early morning when I couldn’t sleep I came across Bishop Michael Curry’s sermon and listened to it twice! I was and still am blown away by the relevance…both to what I’m learning about the amazing power of love and in regards to the needs of our world. If you haven’t already I’d encourage you to watch it now:


In the last few blog posts I’ve mentioned some special friendships and the healing power of being surrounded by love. I keep being reminded of the verse in the Bible that says that God sets the lonely in families (Psalm 68:6). I feel that my special friends are my family and I love what Bishop Michael Curry says here: When love is the way….we actually treat each other…well, like we are actually family… When love is the way we know that God is the Source of us all and we are brothers and sisters; children of God. Like brothers and sisters…that’s a new heaven, a new earth, a new world, a new human family.”

I believe there is really something to being in strong bonded friendships – something very powerful and healing. This is my experience. Jeff Brown puts it this way: “As we expand in connectiveness, we are laying down tracks for a more heartfelt, humane world. And we are beginning to see ourselves in each other, to recognize our shared humanness, to realize that we are walking beside each other on the trailways of transformation. Hands held together, hearts intertwined, bridging our way to God.”

I put huge pressure on my husband, for 15 years, to meet all my deep needs for love and connection…and now I know this: no one person can meet all those needs. My dear husband is giving me the freedom to love others deeply (platonically) and he in turn is feeling far more freedom from me just to be.

Do you long for deep and meaningful connection, for something more? I can tell you it’s possible!! And more than you dream of! What I’m finding to be true…it comes when you open yourself up to love…to loving deeply.

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I’m Having a Breakthrough…

Brokenness is often the road to breakthrough. Be encouraged. Tony Evans

The last 6 weeks have been intense for me, leading up to and including a breakdown. I’ve been in recovery now for over two weeks and am really starting to feel much more myself. It’s been a hell of a time but also heaven as I’ve been able to slow down and stop and focus on just looking after me.

There are big and difficult changes happening in my life but I’m feeling extremely grateful to be able to say that I’m feeling so very well supported. This year I have reached out to people in a new way and in my time of need I have been surrounded and supported by people who care about me.

I wrote a list on Monday of those who are supporting me and supportive and I reached sixty-two, and these people are in England, Germany, Netherlands, Sri Lanka, USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. My local friends, who I’ve met just since arriving in the UK in August last year, have been a particular blessing. I’m so grateful and appreciative of their loving friendship.

What have I learned through this experience? So much. So much in fact that I feel I need to write a book or two to capture it all! So I’ll be getting to work on that in a while, once I give myself time to heal properly!

Wishing you every blessing, and I encourage you to reach out and build relationships that go two ways – giving and receiving. You never know when you might need them!

Love and Blessings,

Elizabeth