. . . because she chose love & Remember Me Monday Link-up — 10 Comments

  1. This is such a beautiful post! My dear, sweet Mom used to often quote that Scripture about the little foxes. There is so much profound wisdom in it. I love the way you write. It is so inspiring. SO thankful to have reconnected with you and your blog. You are a blessing to me.

    • You are such a beautiful writer – and singer (which is not a gift God gave me). I am glad to reconnect with you and your music! -Your mom and I must have enjoyed the visual of the little foxes – seemingly so cute, yet such treacherous life-takers! Thank you, Cheryl, for your kind words! You are a blessing to me, too! Shalom, my friend! ~ Maryleigh

  2. Maryleigh, this is just beautiful. The Scripture is a familiar one but … this morning I noticed it is when the grapes are tender that the fox comes. May we be ever so careful to guard our hearts in those tender moments. Earlier this morning I was reading from Ephesians and we are called to live in love, lives of love, of loving others. I needed this sentence >> “She turned away from hoping for love for herself, for dreams fulfilled for herself to loving others selflessly – wanting no self-gain, no self-comfort, no self-fulfillment, no expectation of returned love or affection.” May we live and love as Christ did, for there are many who need His love. You have blessed me this morning, friend!

    • Joanne, there are so many who need His love – so many who don’t know, don’t understand about our God – and, in so many ways, it is them who need it most, though, like the prodigal, they are often the most undeserving, yet the effect of God’s love poured on a lost heart – I believe it does grow a harvest, though we may not see it! Shalom, and much love my friend! ~ Maryleigh

  3. So many blessings – too many to count! – even when there is also pain and uncertainty, and I must choose to focus on the joys even while taking captive the thoughts (and foxes) that would destroy me.

  4. What a beautiful encouragement to persevere in love, Maryleigh. This resounded with me, “Lost footings firmly finding solid ground by giving love instead of expecting others to give it to me either first or in return. . . and this. . . when the little foxes come to tear at the vines of myself, to trust, to pray, to continue to choose to love the way He taught us.”

    • The teacher in you, Anita, might love the insight into children’s character and development – and how teacher’s affect that development – in Island Magic. The technological and art lover in you might love learning about watches and their art in The Dean’s Watch. Both books are redemption and salvation stories – and how individual’s impact that journey. She weaves beautiful stories!

  5. Ahh, Maryleigh, what a fresh breath this post is. I am thankful for the thoughts about the foxes trying to ruin the fruit God grows. I can focus on the foxes or I can focus on my Maker. I can be distracted by hardship or I can choose to pour out love. I think I’ll choose the latter in each of these. Thank you for these words.

  6. Oh your welcoming photo is so warm and welcoming and calming and beautiful! All the things! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with rest, hope, and celebration, friend. I’m grateful that we get to do this blogging life together …

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