Passion is a gritty kind of love, tough and

optimistic enthusiasm that overcomes negativity and inconvenience to make it

through to the end. (10,000 Reasons Overflow)

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


Sometimes I am so overwhelmed by God that I could cry.  I am thankful for His goodness.  In everything.

Today one of my kids posted something on their fb page, and I could read the hurt in their heart.  As I was praying, I thought of the times when I had met that boy.

So many times a student would walk past me and I'd be immediately be called to pray for them.
So many times a student would come to my heart and I'd spend the night praying for them.
Or what about the girls that I was on my face before God because of their hurt.
And the amazing parents I met and the love I brought to them too.

I knew that I was not always the coolest leader. I knew that some (most) of them would really ever know the capacity of love that my heart held for them. I knew it.  And I just kept loving them.

There are even times now when they are hurtful or I see them doing something that breaks my heart and I cry.  But I love them anyway.

I think of all the smiles and the hugs.  In letting them know that they were important to not only me but to God.

I can never go back to those times, I don't think I'd want to.  But I can tell you this, I still love my kids even though I don't see them nearly as often as I did before.  I think about their sweet faces at check in, the times I had to clean up their puke, the hugs, the laughter.

I'm so thankful.  So very thankful.

I was reminded of this song.  In our loneliness, in our laughter.  In our tears, God is always there.

I feel that it wasn't me who was doing the blessing when I loved those students, I was the one who was blessed.

1 John 4:19 We love because He loved us first

This song reminds of great times!  Kids jumping around for Jesus like little Tiggers.


Diane said...

As I listened, I remembered all the years of working with children and then with the youth at my former church. Relationships were formed that still bless my life. My children now have children. My spiritual grandchildren now run to me and throw their arms around me and tell me how much they love me! What joy!

Precious Margie, you have invested love into the only important thing in this life....other people. The rewards are eternal. Yes, there is pain along the way, burdens that seem to weigh you down so heavily at times that you'll not be able to bear the load. Yet, here you are, still loving, still giving, still caring.........because He has invested His love in you and you cannot help but pass it on!

I love you my precious sister!

Many hugs...............


donna said...

Praying for your you!