Loving a Person

Loving a person just the way they are, it’s no small thing

I woke up this morning with a song in my head.  Kind of strange, as I haven’t heard it for awhile. 

It takes some time to see things through
But it has reminded me of how blessed I am. And yet, relationships in my life require work.  Simply because I am me.  They are them.  My husband is head-strong, my dad is a mover & shaker, my mom wants the best for me, my step-son is, well, a teenager, I sometimes threaten to eat my own children (think about spiders eating their young and you get the picture), friends around the world are not me!  (Thank God!)
Sometimes things change, sometimes we’re waiting
Sometimes it is me that has to reach out and be a part of their life.  Sometimes I need them to reach out and be a part of mine.  Sometimes we meet in the middle.
We need grace either way
Hold on to me
I’ll hold on to you
Let’s find out the beauty of seeing things through

Tomorrow starts Lent.  My husband is Catholic, I am Protestant… This is one area where he has reached out and met me.  We attend a grace-filled, family-oriented, Presbyterian church, faithfully (almost) every week.  I didn’t grow up “Presbyterian”.  I was kind of a Protestant-mut 🙂  Moving around the country as an Air Force Brat we went to churches where we were welcomed, where the message was Christ-centered, we really didn’t care what ‘denomination’.  However, the word LENT was not in my vocabulary.
As you can imagine (with any Catholic knowledge), Lent is a big deal to my husband.  So as we coast into this season from tomorrow through Easter we will be conscientious of not serving and eating meat on Fridays.  Tomorrow night around the dinner table we will talk to the boys about what Lent is.  Hubs will probably not eat, as fasting on Ash Wednesday is important to him.
I think that I will not necessarily be ‘giving up’ anything up for Lent.  But I will choose to be very conscientious about how I show love, and to whom.  It’s not easy to always love.  Love isn’t a cute little Valentine’s card or a candy-heart with smooshy words written on them.  Love is hard.  Love is real.  Love can only be grace-filled.
There’s a lot of pain in reaching out and tryingIt’s a vulnerable place to beLove and pride can’t occupy the same spaces babyOnly one makes you free

Hold on to meI’ll hold on to youLet’s find out the beauty of seeing things through

If we go looking for offenseWe’re going to find itIf we go looking for real loveWe’re going to find it
The song came from the recesses of my mind but I know Who planted it there.  I thank God for grace-filled love every day!

– Leanne from

PS If you want to hear a sample of the song, by one of my FAVORITE artists, Sara Groves, click here ->

byLeanneonTuesday, February 16, 2010Military Life:,,

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