In this month that celebrates all things LOVE, here is a glimpse of some of my favorite things.
What I love and value most is my faith in God and the beautiful family He has blessed me with. I love that after almost 40 years of marriage (later this year), my husband Jeff can still surprise me and make me laugh. I love that our 3 adult children, now grown and flown, are my favorite humans!
While Jeff and I are adjusting to life as empty nesters, we are also about to become members of the exclusive club known as Grandparents. While our children continue to jockey for the position of favorite, and we assure them that they are each our favorite, clearly the one giving us a grandchild this Spring has an edge, (wink,wink).
Working in Children’s Ministries at MPC is a passion project. It doesn’t get any better than combining Jesus and sweet children! While thinking about what to share for this issue of The Latest, I was reminded of the many ways we each receive and show LOVE. I enjoy baking, crocheting and gardening and I love to share these things as a way to show someone I am thinking of them and that I care about them. But, I was reminded that everyone receives love differently and that I need to be mindful of how others feel loved and appreciated.
Then, I remembered the Love Languages books by Gary Chapman. Going to my bookcase I pulled down my copies of “The 5 Love Languages”; “The 5 Love Languages of Children” and “The 5 Love Languages of Teenagers”. To my surprise and delight, the quizzes we did as a family some 15 plus years ago came fluttering out of the books. If you have never done this exercise with your family, I highly recommend giving it a try. It was fascinating to hear and share how each member of our family felt most loved. We still reference this today.
After 2 ½ years at MPC, I am still in awe of the way this faith community shows their love. I have felt appreciated and supported since day 1 and have witnessed each of you being the hands and feet of Jesus in your daily walks. Covid or not, the love of Jesus is alive and well at MPC.