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Looks Like Love

February. The month of love.

Valentine’s Day. Flowers and candy.

Romantic dinners for some….dinners alone for others. Bleh.

I used to be one of those people who rolled their eyes at all the flowers, balloons, red paper hearts and mushy love stuff that was everywhere I turned in the month of February. Bleh.

Seriously, people….can’t you be a little considerate of all the single people who haven’t had a date in years? Why do you have to be so obnoxious with all the yucky love stuff?

Well, something interesting has happened to me.

I’ve discovered true love.

You see, this world we live in celebrates a shallow love that is defined by giddiness and silly gifts. Don’t get me wrong…I look forward to sentimental cards and romantic evenings, but this does not define love.

Misty Edwards sings a song that defines love as “arms wide open, heart exposed”….

This is the love Jesus has for you.

He loves you. He loves you. He loves you.

This is what love looks like.

His arms wide open…

 

 

“What does love look like?” is the question I’ve been pondering

“What does love look like?”

“What does love look like?” is the question I’ve been asking

once believed that love was romance, just a chance

I even thought that love was for the lucky and the beautiful

I once believed that love was a momentary bliss

But love is more than this

All You ever wanted was my attention

All You ever wanted was love from me

All You ever wanted was my affections, to sit here at

Your feet

 

Then I sat down, a little frustrated and confused

If all of life comes down to love

Then love has to be more than sentiment

More than selfishness and selfish gain

 

And then I saw Him there, hanging on a tree, looking at me

I saw Him there, hanging on a tree, looking at me

He was looking at me, looking at Him, staring through me

I could not escape those beautiful eyes

And I began to weep and weep

He had arms wide open, a heart exposed

 

Love’s definition, love’s definition was looking at me

Looking at Him, hanging on a tree

I began to weep and weep and weep and weep

 

This is how I know what love is,

This is how I know what love is

 

And as I sat there weeping, crying

Those beautiful eyes, full of desire and love

 

He said to me, “You shall love Me, You shall love Me

You shall love Me, You shall love Me”

With arms wide open, a heart exposed

 

If anybody’s looking for love in all the wrong places

If you’ve been searching for love, come to Me, come to Me

Take up your cross, deny yourself

Forget your father’s house and run, run with Me

You were made for abandonment, wholeheartedness

You were made for someone greater, someone bigger, so

Follow Me

And You’ll come alive when you learn to die

Oh how He loves you and me, friend.

How can we not abandon all to follow Him?

Let’s go.

-Melissa xo

 

 

 

Melissa Cole-Mathieson

In 2004, I became a single mom to 3 kids under the age of 4 and walked through very difficult years of healing from the disappointment and betrayal I felt from a failed marriage. In that process, I learned how to live utterly dependent on God to take care of my little family….financially, emotionally and spiritually. Ten years later, in 2014, God blessed us with an incredible, redemptive gift in a man named Dave who is now a husband and father to our family.