This weekend I spent with the women of my church attending a powerful women's retreat! We stayed on the beach... who can argue over that? And we were fed spiritual food by Beth Moore (Loving Well!). The retreat committee worked hard and worked well everything was well planned, full of fun, and very meaningful.
A quick low down on what Loving Well is all about: There are 4 types of people in your life: Joys, Testy, Foe, and Far. The Joys are the ones we love to love, the Testys are the ones that test us and are difficult to love, the foes (or the one foe) is the person we absolutely hate, and the Fars are the ones that we don't know- strangers.
And, the one statement that meant the most to me is this: Because God IS LOVE we cannot truly love without him in our lives. His Spirit fills our life and his fruits abound. Because we cannot love without His Spirit, when we do not love we are showing that we do not have his Spirit. The degree that we do not love is the degree that we are not filled with his Spirit. So, when we're being testy to our loved ones, or when we encounter a testy and do not LOVE her- we need to be painfully aware that we are not filled to the brim with the Spirit of God.
It is our opportunity to drop to our knees and to plead to our Heavenly Father to once again fill us up to the tip top with his Spirit so that we can love our family and our testys well with love dipped out from the Loving Well.