This is an excerpt from the May 11 entry of Oswald Chambers' My Utmost for His Highest:
" 'The Lord suffereth long...' " Let me look within and see His dealings with me. The knowledge that God has loved me to the uttermost will send me forth into the world to love in the same way. God's love to me is inexhaustible, and I must love others from the bedrock of God's love to me. Growth in grace stops the moment I get huffed. I get huffed because I have a peculiar person [or preschoolers!] to live with. Just think how disagreeable I have been to God! Am I prepared to be so identified with the Lord Jesus that His life and HIs sweetness are being poured out all the time? Neither natural love nor Divine love will remain unless it is cultivated. Love is spontaneous, but it has to be maintained by discipline." (emphasis mine)
Sacrificial and long-suffering love is something I have been really trying to dwell on and cultivate in myself lately because the neediness of my young children easily brings out impatience and ugliness in me sometimes. This excerpt is a great reminder, so I wanted to share it here.
But you didn't think I could make a post without a picture or two, did you?? ;)
These are some fabric bookmarks I've made recently. They made great little gifts and are fast and fun to make. The measurements are based off of this tutorial and I interfaced each piece before sewing them together in case you want to try some for yourself!