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“The ones we love can’t come back if we don’t let them go.”

A thought by Maria Goff (2017-03-07) from her book, Love Lives Here: Finding What You Need in a World Telling You What You Want(Kindle Location 1674). B&H Publishing Group. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
That is so true!Our son this week is graduating from Law School.It will be an exciting time for us.But I remember the day we put him on a plane to Colorado Springs to the Air Force Academy and how hard it was to say goodbye.
Maria says, “As each of the kids left for college, I learned a new appreciation for how good every stage of life can be from the time they landed to the day they launched. Every season has its trade-offs. With more freedom comes opportunities, life experiences, and growth for everyone. Every season hasn’t just become better, they’ve only been different. Pulling the chocks isn’t easy, but it’s what God intended. It’s about beautiful change in our lives and leaving and cleaving in marriage. He created people and families …

“Sometimes we try to control what we don’t understand.”

A thought by Maria Goff (2017-03-07) from her book, Love Lives Here: Finding What You Need in a World Telling You What You Want(Kindle Location 1696). B&H Publishing Group. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
That’s the way to do it, isn’t it?Control is the key…isn’t it?
Maria says, “I remember trying to survive my fears by controlling the things that made me afraid. I felt the need to control circumstances, outcomes, and people like they came with steering wheels. I thought if I could dodge making eye contact with a teacher or do everything perfectly, I could escape the people who made me feel vulnerable and insecure. Sadly, it didn’t work; it never does. Fear delights in our attempts to avoid or ignore it. The antidote that gives us the buoyancy to rise above our fear is found in love and hope and the kind of peace we don’t try to manufacture but experience in courageous gratitude.”
She goes on, “Peace fills up from beneath love’s reservoir, no…

“Good love sometimes takes some do-overs.”

A thought by Maria Goff (2017-03-07) from her book, Love Lives Here: Finding What You Need in a World Telling You What You Want(Kindle Location 1522). B&H Publishing Group. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
That is such a good realistic thought.But it is something we don’t always do, is it?
Maria says, “More than once, when Bob has walked in through the front door and our first interaction doesn’t feel like the kindness and compassion we’re shooting for in our relationship, I’ve sent him right back outside. I make him get back in the car and we take it from the top again. I’m not kidding. Good love sometimes takes some do-overs. In fact, it insists on them. Don’t miss out on the chance to use a couple of your own. Each time you do, it’s like putting a flag in the sand declaring what kind of love you want to inhabit your home. Raise that flag every day. It’s a flag representing both surrender and resolve. Do whatever it takes to keep it flying …