Review: Now that we’ve all had a few days to think about wearing LOVE as the most important part of our outfit, let’s take a look at how we’ve done. I can look back and recognize that there have been times over the last few days when I have “put on love” in the morning, praying that my actions, thoughts, speech and behaviours would be covered in love. And I know that there are examples throughout those days when wearing LOVE made everything else easier.  Patience came when I felt unpatient, forgiveness came when I wanted to hold a grudge, kind words (or holding my  tongue…) when I wanted to speak out. I’m not saying that I’ve arrived and I’ve got this whole “dress yourself in love” thing down pat, but on reflection, I am able to see the difference that it is making.  How about you?  Has dressing in love made a difference?  I also know that there have been times that I have forgotten to put on love first, or maybe I’ve just taken it off for a while because it’s too hard to wear… This is an ongoing lesson for me. I’m learning that LOVE is bigger than feelings and the things that I like to do.  It can be hard work, involve sacrifice, and surrender.  It is tied into obedience.  The more I understand and practice love the more I realize that I’ve got a lot to learn.

Favourite Outfits:

I want to take a moment to look at some of the types of outfits that we keep in our closets and how we can relate these to our spiritual closets, our attitudes, behaviours, language and character.

Let’s start off with our favourite outfits. If you think for just a moment, I’m sure that you’ll be able to think of one or two things that you just can’t do without.  My favourite, comfy, cozy go-to outfits include a good pair of jeans and a long sleeve t-shirt and a pair of crazy hand knit socks. It’s nothing fancy but I’m comfortable, confident and feel ready to face the day.  Perhaps for you it’s a favourite skirt, a great pair of black pants or a fitted jacket.  Whatever it is, I’m sure that it is an item that fits you well, is comfortable, makes you looks great and feel confident.

I think that if we take a look at the clothes in our spiritual closet, we will also find some favourite outfits that are equally comfortable and are centered around areas of strength.  These qualities, attitudes and behaviours will be different for everyone based on our God-given giftings and talents.  These “clothes” are a natural extension of who we are based on who God has designed us to be.

If I look into my closet, one of the clothes that I wear well is that of hospitality.  I was raised in a home where my parents practiced hospitality by inviting others into our home for meals, we had people live in our home for extended periods of time and we often made meals for others who were in need. In fact, if I look back further into my family history, my parents were also both raised in this way.  For me, hospitality is both a learned gift passed down through my family heritage and a spiritual act of obedience.  My husband and I often look around to see how we can show hospitality to those around us, opening our home to friends and family, to those who need a place to stay or an invitation to dinner for those who may feel left out or forgotten. Hospitality is one of my favourite outfits to wear because it fits well, it’s comfortable, and it’s familiar.

Other God-given gifts that fit well and I enjoy wearing include encouragement, faith and prayer.  These are a part of who God has designed and created me to be.

So what about you? What are your favourite outfits to wear?  What are those characteristics, behaviours actions and thoughts that are characterize who you are?  Your favourite outfits? How do these “clothes” tie in with the idea of dressing yourself in LOVE?

Health Update: I am scheduled to go down to PMH on Thursday this week to have a follow up regarding my bronchoscopy test. I am eager to meet with my team of doctors and to hear the results of what is going on with this chest infection.  I am also scheduled to meet with one of the specialists next Tuesday for more clarity on what the tests have revealed and how to best move forward. While I’m tired of being sick, coughing and being short of breath I am at peace with the process and filled with thankfulness to God for his Healing and for my team of doctors who care for me not just as a number or disease but as a person, an individual with hopes, plans and dreams.

Love to you all,

Heather

***next up: Clothes that Need to be Thrown Away

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