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Day Nine – Love Makes Good Impressions January 27, 2010

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Oh how easy it is to be nice when everything is going great in your life.  Children are doing fabulous in school, no calls to the principal’s office.  You are being challenged at work and you are simply loving it – because it allows you to really shine and show your stuff.  Home life just couldn’t get any better, your partner is actively participating in the relationship and god knows this is what you have been praying for, so greeting them with a warm smile and big kiss every day is not a problem. Lets be honest, you actually look forward to waking up to them.  Basically, all is well in the wonderful land of Oz.  Hey, Oz is only a fictional tale and unfortunately every day is not like this. As a matter of fact you can’t remember the last time you were able to make it through a day when your spouse did not get on your last nerve. Come on – mama said it’d be days like this…

What exactly is going on when you rise to the sun with such a nasty disposition?  You went to bed upset and rose even more upset, as though the devil chased you all night long.  It is during these times of turmoil, when one our greatest asset should be the behavior that guides our attitude. Making a good impression on the person whom we love the most should be a key priority. Smiling when we are not feeling our best may induce feelings of love and gratitude from our mate.  They may be going through their own personal hell and our greeting of love just snaps them right out of that “funky” mode.

We often make good impressions on those that we know nothing about, or co-workers and neighbors whom we only share a small part of our daily lives.  We greet them cordially, speak words of endearment and even go so far as to offer them friendly conversation.  But then we get home and bark at those that we love.  Jesus teaches us to be humble and courteous!  Just as the Parable of the Prodigal Son teaches us to forgive, it also shows us how we can greet those we love in a different manner. No matter how far the son traveled, and no matter what he did – the father still greeted him with open arms and love. We are capable of extending our selves to allow love to overflow from us onto those whom we share intimate and personal relations.  Put all of your energy into greeting those that you love – a smile goes a long way in this economy.  I dare you to try it!

A few critical thoughts:
A loving greeting can bless your spouse.  A good greeting puts wind in your sails.  Use a positive and warm greeting in the morning, during the day and at night.  Love is a choice, so choose to change your greeting.

Biblical Verse(s):
1 Peter 5:14 – Greet one another with a loving kiss. Peace be to all of you who are in the Messiah!
Luke 15:20 – So he got up and went to his father.
“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

Resources: The Love Dare by Stephen Kendrick and Alex Kendrick
Featured Bloggist: Dare to Take Risks by Robin Easton

Challenge:
Think of a specific way you’d like to greet your spouse today. Do it with a smile and with enthusiasm. Then determine to change your greeting to reflect your love for them.


Q: When was the last time you had an opportunity to greet someone with love whom you had not seen in a while, but choose not to?  Why didn’t you and how did you feel after the moment had passed?

Have a blessed day, I love you!
Dawn

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1. Robin Easton - January 29, 2010

You are a dear and beautiful soul. And I am honored to be featured here. Your writing and caring heart are both lovely, as is your courage. In fact you have GREAT courage. Hugs, Robin

2. california - January 29, 2010

Searching for kindness of heart when the heart feels battered…disrespected,ignored uncared for or maybe all of the above….seems a little hard to find when it’s most important to give it…My Father was daignosed with Prostate cancer about 3 yrs ago…He was a man I thought I could never show compassion for because of the way he chose to be towards his family. Better to a stranger than he would ever be to us…I carried so much anger…Now he had cancer and it was through the actions of my mother that I learned how to feel and be there for a man that never reached for me…It was my mother that took his abuse of every fashion imaginable for over 50 yrs and yet it was my mother that went to every appointment…cried when he did’nt…held his hand when he went under for surgery and was the first face he saw when he awoke…It was my mother that nursed him back to health when he came home from the hospital and keeps him going today…she put the mental and physical abuse in a seperate place and allowed herself to be Sarah…the woman she truely is with compassion…No one could ever say she did wrong by him and in Gods eyes she did her part as a being…All this to say I realized that my anger towards him had a lot to do with my anger in life in general…All that anger held me back and made me this diconnected person. Once it sunk in that I was GIVING him to much power in my life… Anger found a place somewhere in the far back…You and your mother will come to a point of healing as you begin to ask yourself…Have I healed from my past relationships? Have I healed from my daughters accident? Have I healed from my mothers doings or lack of doing? To many wounds left open can become like cancer to our souls. In time…YES TIME you will heal as long as you want it and i believe that you do.


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