Saturday, July 24, 2010

Spiritual Sunday. "Love Isn't Love"

Charlotte and Ginger host these great spiritual sundays. To join in post and add you name at http://bloggerspirit.blogspot.com

Growing up I heard the people who hurt me often say, I love you.'  Even when I was beaten or raped or put down - soon after I heard the words....'I love you....I want the best for you....I'll be there for you...'  I didn't know any different. I believed them. 

If I did or said something they didn't like.....they left...shutting me out...leaving me to myself...punishing me for being human...for having needs. I spent days alone..isolated...locked out of their world. They refused to talk to me...or give me any attention.  I learned to withdraw...to hide....to go away deep inside myself...living in my own world...and taking out 'their love' on myself....hurting my body...torturing my mind. It's taken me a long time to figure out their love wasn't love at all.  

When He touched me...showed me what love really is....I couldn't accept it for a long time. I do now. His love has brought healing and freedom in ways I could never have imagined. I now know...love isn't love unless you give it away...in ways that make a  difference. Love stays....it never leaves....it never gives up....it keeps no record of wrongs...It always protects...always trusts...always hopes...always persevers. 

Love isn't love until you give it away....

38 comments:

Denise said...

Amen my wise, beautiful sis. I love you.

G-Man said...

Hi Princess...
Thanks for stopping by..
Missed you and your lovely 55's..
See You Soon I hope....:-)

Cathy said...

A great WFW, thank you ~ Blessings ~

Cindy Adkins said...

Thank you for that insight...It is so clear that you took something that was negative and turned it into a way to reach people...that is such a blessing.
Wishing you love...and God's promise of his love for all of us.
HUGS,
Cindy

Mike Golch said...

great message,I am glad that i stopped by.I will try to come up with some good for Sunday.

Wanda's Wings said...

I'm glad for real love.

Barbara said...

Amen sister, no one knows love until they meet Jesus, and he shows us real love, and unconditional love, hugs my friend and be blessed, bathe in the love of Christ. Hugs and blessings

dulce said...

Real Love, that's what I see whenever i read about your experiences, now seen from a so different perspective.

Glad that's so!
Hugs ;)

Dolores Ayotte said...

"Love isn't love until you give it away..." Great video Nikki. Beliefs like these, make life much easier to "live" rather than to be merely "endured". Take care and thanks so much for sharing. :)

Renee said...

This is so good. Love Gives. God gave His best to us to show us true love. We can't give what we don't have. That's why we have to receive the love that God gives to us so we can give it to others. True love gives! Thanks for this reminder. May we all learn to love like this!

Clif said...

Good,wise words in your post. Great video with a great message. Thank you. (I'm getting ready to start reading your book)

Dianne said...

You have a sweet, gentle way of giving us your love when you are write like this. Thank you, dear Sarah, for letting us inside your world.

Love,
Dianne

Daughter of the KING said...

Enjoyed the video...

Blessings,
Linda J

Finally Free said...

Sarah,
When we taste "real love" we never accept the lies again. I always tell my client's, "Love doesn't hurt."

Blessings,
Tammy

pileofsmiles said...

Great words about God's love!

RCUBEs said...

I love that song sister. But even more so with the truth that comes from our God of love. Blessings.

Bernie said...

Sarah, what a wonderful post with a great message. Love does not hurt but is kind and gentle......God Bless........:-) Hugs

Debra Kaye said...

I've read twice now...love doesn't hurt. I'm in a season of immense pain from infidelity that has been going on in my marriage throughout it's inception 20 years ago. The last time I discovered unfaithfulness it was with going on with three different women and none cared he was married just incensed about the other women. I hurt all the time.

Elizabeth Mahlou said...

"Love isn't love until it is given away" - such true words! And Debra is right: love does not hurt.

I don't think I have let you know yet -- one at a time I have been contacting followers -- that my Blest Atheist blog went down, and I replaced it with 100th Lamb (www.emahlou.blogspot.com). The explanation is there.

Pain to Purpose said...

that video really encouraged me. Thanks for posting.
Carrie

Mevely317 said...

Learning to trust, to accept ... I do understand what a challenge that can present. I'm soooo happy that you have accepted His promise, Sarah!
I love your unselfish heart!

Myra

Virginia said...

Great video with a great message. There is nothing like the Love of God.
Sweet Blessings and much LOVE....
Virginia

Haelie said...

Such a great post. I will share it with others I know who have been through similar things as you. Thank you for being so honest.

Lisa notes... said...

I appreciate you sharing so vulnerably. It will bless many and show them that accepting Christ's love is possible despite how humans can twist the true nature of love.
Blessings,
Lisa

char72 said...

Beautiful, powerful video. Your testimony is a blessing to many. Thank you for sharing with us.
Blessings,
Charlotte

Whidbey Woman said...

This is another great post. You are so real, so honest and so deep about everything you write.
God bless you.

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Sarah--
Thanks for visiting!! Next week, my link party will be fun...I don't know if you want to Link up...I just ask people to tell us their favorite word...since you are a writer, I thought you might want to link up!

HUGS,
CIndy

Just Be Real said...

Sarah, thank you for this post. Blessings and hugs to you dear.

nelgin-thedove said...

Thanks For visiting my blog...so now i have this chance to visit yours also..You have a nice post...Nice story and the video..Congrats!So real..

Teresa said...

Sarah, Amen great post! I am so blessed by your insight from the Lord! You reveal a daughter who is AFTER the heart of God!!!!! Beautiful!

Lisa said...

Great post as usual Sarah! You are such an example to me of God's faithfulness.:)

hip-chick said...

There is nothing to compare to the love of God.

Karen said...

So inspiring....this post...and you!

Lady_Amanda said...

Hey Sarah,

I know that Jesus for me is the person I can go to when I have real human emotion and He never gets mad. I have had the same experience as you. And everytime I am angry or hurt, it just blows my mind that I can cry and ask God why or hit the pollows on my bed and be mad at God and He never gives up. I pray that the real love you and I have found in Jesus, I can one day find in a husband. Because I am not going to live my married life the way I lived my childhood, just like you, hiding within myself.

Great post my sister in Christ,
Amanda

Lynda Young said...

Beautiful post. WOnderful. His love is trustworthy.

Jingle said...

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hope that you have a smiling day!
Enjoy if you like some...
;)

Living, Loving @ Laughing said...

Great inspirational site ! Continue to lift up the name of Jesus!

livingasherby said...

OMG! I only just found your site. Your voice resonates strongly for me. Thank you very much for taking the time to share your thoughts.