How powerful is love, really?
What’s your take on forever?
How powerful is love, really?
What’s your take on forever?
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Hi friends! I’ve always loved doors! In my life, they represent fresh opportunities, adventures, pointers, lessons, revelations, celebrations, and more.
In our WP community, opening doors translates into a renewed appreciation for our beloved fellow bloggers and their deeply cherished blogs.
Through my Doors Series, I aim to give our fellow bloggers the gift of sharing a piece of their world. I invite them to guest post on my blog and share their message, their story, their heart. I also encourage them to show how our blogs and worlds link together in love.
After all, IT’S ALL ABOUT LOVE.️❤️
Today, we happily knock on the door of a dear fellow blogger:
Hello everyone and God bless you all! My name is Ryan Callahan. My blog (www.AuthorRyanC.com) is all about helping people come to know Jesus, helping people understand the Bible, and ministering to a lost and hurting world. Yeka has invited me to do a guest post for her blog, and I am honored and blessed to do it! Thank you Yeka! Your joyful heart is very encouraging! Since Yeka’s blog is all about love, I would like to share God’s definition of love with you and show you just how much God loves you!
We all like love, but what is love? What does love look like? I have good news! God’s Word, the Bible, answers that for us! The Book of 1 Corinthians contains a set of verses known as the love verses that teach us what love truly is. Let’s take a look!
“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.” (1 Corinthians 13:1-8)
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” (1Corinthians 13:13)
What a beautiful definition of love, amen! We also learn in the Book of 1 John that God is love! Love is who He is!
“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.” (1 John 4:16)
Since we know the definition of love from 1 Corinthians and we know that God is love, then we know God is made up of all those attributes of love and that is how He loves us! God is patient, God is kind. He does not envy, He does not boast, He is not proud. He is not rude, He is not self-seeking, He is not easily angered, He keeps no record of wrongs. God does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. He always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. God never fails and God is the greatest!
God showed us just how much He loves us when He sent His Son into the world to die for our sins! That is the greatest and most loving gift of all! We only know what love is because of God!
“This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (1 John 4:9-10)
“We love because he first loved us.” (1 John 4:19)
God loves us so much that He humbled Himself and became a man, Jesus Christ, in order to set us free from sin and death! Jesus is God in human flesh, Jesus is Lord and Jesus loves you!
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
My message of love to you all is that God loves you more than you could ever imagine and He wants you to be in Heaven with Him forever! He wants to forgive all your sins and give you eternal life! You receive God’s gift of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. There is nothing you could ever do to earn this amazing gift of God’s grace. It must be received by faith.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Jesus speaking in John 3:16
“That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9)
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
“This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:22-24)
Praise God for His great love for us! His love is the true love we all need! Come to Jesus today and let Him love you and save your soul!
Grace and peace to you all!
Thanks so much for opening your door to us, dear Ryan! ❤️
You have shared a love that is unlike any other love. A love that know no bounds. A love that knows us all to our deepest core. A lot that embraces . A love that redeems. A love that gives eternal life. A love that is indescribably the very love we all need. The one True Love. God’s Love.
May you be blessed a billion times over for all the passion you have in sharing God’s Love!
So friends, thanks for dropping by!
Till our next run of Doors, I wish everyone many happy, love-filled days ahead!
And here’s looking forward to opening more Doors with you! ❤️
Hi friends! ❤️❤️❤️
I’ve been sweetly touched with your messages of love and inspiration! Thank you so much from my happy, happy heart! 💕💕💕
A few fellow bloggers shared that while they were relishing my abundance in featuring amazing Guest Posts, they did miss my sunshine posts awww….. ☀️☀️☀️ Well, that made me smile and yet, I also wanted them to appreciate what fuels my passion for blogging.
If it isn’t quite obvious yet (hahaha! 😂😂😂), I am most passionate about LOVE and I believe that over and beyond sharing my views, my stories, my thoughts, my artistic expressions, I truly want to demonstrate and live out LOVE in our WP community. Thus, my all-out efforts at giving our fellow bloggers the opportunity to Guest Post. I want to help more and more in our community gain greater readership and support for their awesome messages. Boy, we do a have a plethora of them! 👏👏👏 And in a broader scope, I aim to foster our loving community spirit in WP. 😀😄😄
So, I hope you’re all ready for endless rainbows of special Guest Posts! 🌈🌈🌈
Oh, but I do promise to continuously share my happy sunshine too! ☀️☀️☀️
Together, we can all make our world truly BEAUTIFUL! 🌷🌷🌷
After all, IT’S ALL ABOUT LOVE!!!
Huge honor to have been interviewed by Mathew from Blog of the Wolf Boy! He’s got this amazing, unique Behind the Author Series. His brilliant work coupled with his out-of-the-box abundance captivates his readers. Do visit his power blog and be ready to be enthralled! 😊🌟✨💫🌟✨💫🌟✨💫😊
Hello again friends, bloggers and muses,
Today’s Behind the Author interview is going to once again, be a little bit out of the ordinary as I interview a newer blogger to the WordPress community. After speaking with this blogger for some time now, I’ve realized that she has both wisdom in her heart, and an interesting story to tell.
Although new to the blogging community her following is growing quickly. Feel free to send her some more love after the interview, after all, that’s what she’s all about.
Mathew: Hello Yeka! It’s nice to have you for this edition of Behind the Author. This has been a slow process in the works, but we’ve finally managed to pull it together. 😀
Your blog is relatively new, you came on to the blogging scene in mid-July of 2019, and in my…
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play the violin
mesmerize me with your touch
never let me go
I’m in love with a married man. Silence. There. I admitted it to my husband. There was no denying it. He had to know. For our 22 years together, he deserved to know.
It all started when I saw how similar this mystery man was to my husband. And yet even more strikingly, how different he was altogether.
I met my husband one precious day. It was comfortably warm with a burst of sunshine. The funny thing is, little did I know then that an awesome blessing was rushing my way. I wasn’t ready for the sunshine that was going to explode and overtake me. Oh my heart. Oh my head.
I was conducting a corporate team building workshop and ….. yup, just like that famous scene in a romance film, time stood still when I saw him flash his most infectious, heart-melting smile. The one that made the sun shy away. And his eyes, they beamed along, as they looked my way. Woot woot! Sparks were all over the place! Could you tell that by then I was already gravitating towards him? I found him so handsome, so cute, so endearing, so irresistible.
As we went through the workshop, in his charming quiet confidence, he shared some rich insights. He wasn’t soft-spoken, but he didn’t sound his views blaringly either. He was just so cool. He was just so natural. There was an effortless manner about him. That’s it! That was the clincher. I was drawn to his intelligence and his humility at the same time. As he was feeling his way through the workshop, I sensed that he wasn’t even aware of how amazed I was with his sharp wit and humor.
As love stories would have it, he was likewise magnetized to me and my sunny, effervescent personality. Or is that my biased version of the story? Haha!
So what’s all the fuss about the sun? Well, we loved the warmth and friendly conversations we carried. It’s as if we knew each other forever. Ease. Lots of happy ease. Free from trying to be people we weren’t. There was simply a natural flow in our dynamic and yet, it was charged with exciting electricity. Engaging energy. It felt like a majestic interplay of yin and yang.
These joyous, vibrant, and down-to-earth colors resonate so deeply with my soul to this very day. And that’s the similar road that led me to this mystery man. He makes me feel so happy, so comfortable, so special, so at home. He reminds me so much of the love who stole my heart decades ago.
And yet, as I spend more time with him, he also opens my eyes to a totally new amazing world. He shows me various facets of life that I’ve never ever seen in my earlier years of marriage. He’s just so different from the man that I married. And that’s what makes him so attractive too.
This mystery man has the boldness of a lion. Nothing fazes him. He reminds me that there is always a solution to every problem. He has the vision of an eagle. He is so situationally aware. He knows what’s happening in the world…. even more impressively, in my world. He keeps himself well-informed so that he can make sound judgments. He is passionate about the future. He has the wisdom of an owl. He is quite insightful and abundant with ideas. He challenges my mind. He sees what systems or processes can be improved and is never shy to air his suggestions. He has the tenderness of a puppy. When he is with me, and we are in our own world, he embraces me and snuggles up to me. And that, I love with much fervor. He has the speed of a cheetah. There’s never a dull moment with him. He maps out our adventures and is an architect at compartmentalizing his time. I’m blown away with his many achievements and accomplishments. He works hard. He plays hard. He lives life. He loves life. He has the commanding presence of a shark. He loves me fiercely and intensely. He circles me and readily defends me at the onslaught of any attack. He always protects me with all his might.
Ahhh! The more I think about his qualities, the more I fall deeply, madly, indescribably in love with this mystery man.
It’s been so overwhelming lately, though. My thoughts. My feelings. My sanity. My core. Until guilt totally consumed me one night. I had to finally confess my budding romance with this mystery man. I had to finally break the silence …. and the noise within me. I had to finally tell my husband.
So what’s the point of it all? There is, in fact, a powerful point. For this may speak volumes to some people out there who may feel “trapped” in their marriages.
You see, I am no longer the same woman that my husband married years back. And neither is he the same man with whom I exchanged marriage vows. We both have changed. Vastly. We both have evolved. Vastly.
And so, that fateful night, I finally introduced my husband to this mystery man.
At the dinner table, as we were about to have our cheese platter, I started fidgeting. Awkwardness filled the room. I was waiting for him to ask me about the “important announcement” that I had been dying to make. But he simply sat there. Silent.
It wasn’t going well. To think that it had panned out earlier in my mind. So, I finally mustered the courage to speak. I dove into his eyes and tried to make a meaningful connection. Then slowly, I reached out for his hand and gave him a mirror. With a quizzical look, he asked if it was all a joke. I was uncharacteristically expressionless. Then, after a few seconds, I cajoled him into looking at the mirror.
A smile peeked from his face. And a smile peeked from mine. I raised my glass to him and finally blurted out my “confession”.
“Yes, I’m in love with a married man …….. And that married man ……. is YOU ……. CHEERS HONEY!!! I love you always and forever!”
Wow the sweetest, most delicious relief filled the air. Our wine glasses clinked playfully and we both burst into happy laughter. Oh, and we had the grandest night of all! ❤️