Abide, 31 Days of Love: an experiment

“But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
~1 Corinthians 13:13

Over the last couple weeks I’ve felt compelled, although I’m not sure why, to join The Nester (Myquillyn Smith) and her idea to write a blog post every day for 31 Days. I’m really not a “blogger” so this is kind of a big deal for me. I’m terrified of doing this and I’m also pretty sure I’ll fail. But, I believe that hard things are worth doing even if they seem impossible. In the words of Lewis Carrol “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” This month I’m believing three. The first is that I’ll actually be able to write every day for thirty one days, the second is that I can show love to someone different and in different ways every day for thirty one days, and the third is that I can plan meals for each day this month. The third really has nothing to do with the first two other than it actually was one of my goals this month and it does seem impossible. I am not a type A personality, in any way, shape, or form. I write lists. I also usually lose those lists before I can actually use them. I love the idea of a clean organized house with schedules and order. Neither my home nor my life reflect this. I try, I really do, but in the end I’m normally my own worst enemy.

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Anyway, the topic I’ve chosen for this month is “Abiding in Love” This year I’ve been trying to build relationships and love people like Christ. That’s why when I was wracking my brain for a topic I kept coming back to love. Because real love is hard. So I’m not sure how but each day in October I will intentionally act out my love for another individual. Most of the post probably won’t be me sharing how I did that, some might, but because love is intimate and personal there are probably going to be times that sharing will not be appropriate. After all we’re not supposed let our “left hand know what our right is doing…” right? (Matt. 6:2-4)  This is something I as a believer should really be doing anyways.  The love of Christ should be natural to me.  I should be so filled up with the spirit that love is pouring out of my every crevice  but the closer I  examine my life the more I realize that I am not overflowing with love and concern for others.  Instead I’m absorbed with myself.

When I think of abiding it fills my mind with fall like images such as cozy blankets, warm coffee, sweaters, scarves, and crisp fresh air.  But when I consider what abiding in real love is those images are stripped away.   It isn’t cozy or comfortable.  People aren’t easy to love.  Love requires sacrifice and intentionality.  It is so much richer and deeper than just a feeling we have for another person.   So this month I’m going to love and write intentionally. I hope you can join me.

31 Days:


Day 2- Gather Together, Because No One is Called to Hermitude

Day 3- What is Love?

Day 4- Learning How to Love

Day 5- Resting in Love

Day 6 & 7- Grace in Love

Day 8 – Keeping it Simple

Day 9 – This is harder than I thought…

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