Love and Freedom

It is impossible to separate love and freedom. They need each other and support each other. In the presence of love, freedom has breathe and power. In the preaence of freedom, love inheritably exists. They work in cooperation and function in every way together. When someone is controlling, they are acting out of selfishness and/or brokenness and not love. Let me be clear, controlling and demanding behavior is selfishness-based and/or brokenness-based and NOT love-based. Bank on it. Also bank on love and freedom being connected. They always are and always will be. And that is why I love God so much!❤

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Control

Here’s the thing, we can control so very little in thr world around us. Sometimes we cannot control anything at all. One exception: ourselves. We can control ourselves with God’s help. And as such, we can control our responses to the hideous world around us and focus on the beautiful world around us, for both are ever present simultaneously. We can control our focus and our actions to help clean our neck of the woods up. God gives us strength for each day and He is in control of everything with one exception: He only helps us when we humbly ask. He does not control us because love cannot do that. Love is freedom. He lovingly asks for a relationship with us. That is love. Love does not equal control of us. He controls our environment so we are free to make our own decisions. That is love.❤❤❤

A Good Man

I am married to a very good man. All good men and women are humans so none of us is perfect. I screw up all the time, despite my best efforts. And so does he. And while some people hold people to an impossible perfection expectation, I have no bent toward that particular sin and accept him as he is, with hope that he accepts me as I am too, “warts and all”, as the Brittish put it. And I believe sincerely that God can bond and unite two imperfect people and create from them someone better and more able to serve Him and others, and that common goal helps unify. It further helps that we are bonded by music. I believe all marrieds should have something in common to do together. And may God bless us all. ❤

Love

I am a love expert. Because of my doctorate? Nope. Because I am married? Nope. Because I have children? Nope. Because of my many years of intensive study of many patients and fellow humans? Nope. I am a love expert because I have been loved by Love, mentored by Love, fathered by Love, taught by Love, cradled by Love, instructed by Love. I understand love as much as I can at this moment and more than I ever have by my direct involvement and experiences with Love, the source of true love. I feel Love. I know Love intimately. And based upon these credentials, here is what I know to be the truth about love. Love is a free choice, not something fallen into or out of. Love is always a free choice. Love is patient, loving, kind, faithful, self-controlled, joyful, peaceful, good, gentle. Love is humbly putting others first. It is in direct opposition with the ego, the over-inflation of self. Love does not fail or give up, is always hopeful, endures all things, perseveres, supports, uplifts, encourages. Love never causes harm but extends itself outward to help at all times. Love is generous. Love is moral, chivalrous and noble by default. Love has empathy and compassion for those in need or broken or hurting. Love is very real and speaks only truth and benefit with freedom. Love is not in any way, shape or form controlling. It voluntarily gives up control to achieve service and assistance and compassion for another. Love does not demand, make uncomfortable, belittle, hurt, withhold, manipulate or try to mold into some other n identity. It simply is incapable of such selfish behavior. Love is fiercely passionate about life and protecting freedom of choice (of all people, no matter how great or small) and promotes God’s gifts in people. Love forgives freely and forgets willingly, holding no account of wrongs. Love keeps loving no matter what. That never changes. Love is beautiful and glorious. This is the accurate account of love in its pure and true form. This is love you can bank on, count on. This will always be true. And coincidentally, Love like this is what God is also. These are His character traits. Beautiful, isn’t He?❤❤❤

Showing God’s Love

Showing God’s love to save souls is much much much more important than being right about something. People, much like God, respond to humble, sincere obedience to God. Love people.❤

A Ray of Runaway Sunshine

In our band, we play oldies rock (and variety) tunes. One of the songs we do that has always given me grief on my organ lead was Runaway. It was our old drummer’s favorite song, so it sticks out in my head and I always got it right on the repeat but always screwed it up the first time. It plagued me. But something happened. I was led to study it. It sounds pompous, but I rarely study a song, just play it, make it happen. So this is not on any planet my norm. And for the first time ever, I easily and smoothly and perfectly performed the lead both times and can do so without complication or stress every time. I could play it now for you. Lol So, this was my gift. I don’t give myself glory for it was so out of character to think of figuring it out that I know it was a gift from God. A rock song? Yes. Because it was a stress for me and I asked for help and He helped. So it was more about God’s provision and answer to prayer and less about what He was helping with. God cares deeply about us, about me, about you. He loves specific humble prayers and requests. He loves surprising us with creative answers. And it was a moment of sunshine in an otherwise impossibly busy and stressful day. Well done, Lord God! I love you!❤❤❤

Wil Sepulveda

Wil Sepulveda, a Great Drummer and Our Own Runaway

In Memory of Family

We have lost family. I wanted to remember them. Here is to time together. We love you dearly still though you chose to leave us. May God bless you and keep you close to Him as we are not allowed to be. God is for you! You are always welcome. ❤

Missing Kat

Kat LaLonde, our Lost Daughter in Law

Wil Sepulveda Missing

Wil Sepulveda, Our Lost Drumming Brother