Several years ago, a therapist suggested that I write messages to myself on post-it notes, and put them on my mirror. These photos have become a thread in the tapestry of my online life, but I have never shared what the notes mean to me. In this blog series, I will share a handful of those moments - in hopes that it will provide encouragement to someone out there.
Peace & Much Love.
Love hopes all things, endures all things.
I believe in love.
I believe that my most important mission in this life is to make true connections with other human beings.
I believe that there are no chance meetings; and thus everyone who comes into my life path is meant to be there.
I believe that each one of those people have the power to change my life.
I believe that through love and compassion, I can learn something from every single person I meet.
And I believe that the person I am today is a direct result of all of the incredible people who have been divinely placed in my life.
Love is hope, and love is being willing to stay in the trenches with someone you care about – not running away from them in times of struggle, but facing the storm head on, and running towards their pain.
In I Corinthians 13:4-7, the Bible gives a guideline for how to recognize true, everlasting love:
4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
This is one of the most famous passages in the Bible – and it's a very popular addition to wedding ceremonies regardless of religious background.
As I have gone through so many difficult times in life, I have reminded myself of that last line (verse 7).
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
I believe that the only perfect, unchanging love is the love of God. I hang onto the fact that I’m not alone in any of this. When I can’t bear it, I can’t believe it, I can’t hope, and I can’t endure… the love of God can. And in those trenches of this painful life, when another person comes running at your pain, willing to share the burden, believe, hope, and endure.... hold them tight.
Love endures all things.
Stay in the arena, and love one another.
For MacKenzie. xo
My name is Amy but friends and family call me Am. I am a lover of dogs, good whiskey, and strength training. I'm a brain surgery survivor (x23), a fiddle player, a construction designer, and a boxing enthusiast. I have six real siblings, and five fake brothers. I love deeply, and consider my close friends to be family.