How about it? Ever happened to you?
You know how they say it goes--you lay eyes on someone for the very first time, and suddenly blue birds are chirping and flitting in circles around your head, while dodging those arrest-me red hearts that are bubbling up from your chest, that are not to be outdone by the battalion of butterflies suddenly set lose in your tummy.
Those whistles, pops and flashing sprays of sparkling light are coming from the bottle rockets that are erupting in the skies over your head.
No wonder folks under the influence of this all-out onslaught of the senses find themselves feeling out of sorts. It's enough to leave nearly anyone speechless!
If you're one of those who's experienced this phenomenon, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about. If not, you're out of luck 'cause that's the best description I've got for something that's nigh on indescribable.
The subject is on my mind due to several recent conversations with friends who have experienced this extraordinary event in their own lives, and decades later are still enjoying the bottle rockets and butterflies while honest-to-goodness-over-the-top-in love-and-happily-married to their love-at-first-sight.
One of my good friends loves to tell his new readers about his own love at first sight story every few months. He's Bishop Spencer McCool Sr. and he writes short, daily posts on Facebook. He loves to write about encouraging things, and one of the most encouraging subjects he loves to share is his marriage to Joyce and to tell about some of the challenges they've faced from the loss of some of their children to Joyce's battle with cancer and a subsequent car accident that nearly killed her.
Theirs is an amazing story to read about or listen to during the Christmas season. If you're in need of a reminder that you're important and that you're loved and truly have a supernatural purpose in life, you can get better acquainted via their facebook group, The Bishop's Breakfast Club, by clicking here.
Per Brother Webster
I've heard the state of being in love compared to an epic case of influenza. On the bright side, I've also heard it compared to rain-scented sunshine. How it feels when it takes over your heart usually depends on how the one you love is feeling about you. Hopefully, they're having a similar reaction.
People can be fickle, and their love can't always be counted on. Thankfully, they aren't who determines whether you loved or not.
With Christmas coming up fast, this business of being in love can become acute. Lots of us are hyper-sensitive to the whole concept of love, in all of it's variances this time of the year. We're often sensitive to the emotional hype the season delivers, both the bad and the good. And wrapped up in the emotions and possible memories of instances of love, and especially love at first sight, it's good to keep in mind that we weren't the first to ride that rodeo because love at first sight was first experienced by God.
It happened when He first saw Adam.
He felt it all over again when He first saw you.
He knew all the flaws you'd develop, all the errors you'd make as you grew and made your way through your life, but regardless, it was still love at first sight on His part.
No one will ever see you as clearly nor love you as dearly as Jesus Christ does.
He's the reason for the season. Were it not for Him, there would be no Christmas. Were it not for Him, none of us would ever experience the gift of love at first sight.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
A short list
In event you're like-minded and would like to pick up a gift for someone or do a bit of light reading with big impact while enjoying the holidays, I've put a short list together for you of some of favorite Christmas reads. Just click the titles for more information or to purchase.
When God Whispers Your Name by Max Lucado
The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom
Santa's Favorite Story: Santa Tells the Story of the First Christmas by Hisako Aoki
Dr. Paul: A new fav YouTube Channel
Everyone who knows me well, knows I love kids. They know, too, that I never liked working with kids during the years I spent in the medical field. A sick kid can break my heart in five seconds or less.
Nothing could make my day go sour like a little one showing up needing medical care and worse, when the care-giver was me.
Thankfully, there are some folks who excel at delivering quality medical care to children. Dr. Paul Thomas (Portland, Oregon area) strikes me as being one of those. I discovered him via his YouTube channel, where he and his videographer (who is also his son, Noah, that has his own awesome YouTube channel, where he sometimes shares how he's beaten back depression, anxiety and overcome the physical troubles those illnesses caused him) produce a regular variety of videos that thousands of people enjoy watching. They're not only informative, but I can imagine kids watching them and easily becoming much less anxious about a visit to their own doctor's office after getting acquainted with Dr. Paul and his crew.
The stuff they cover isn't just for kids. It's good knowledge for anyone, and I hope you'll take a few moments to watch the very short vid I've selected to introduce you to his YouTube channel. From there, perhaps you'll be inclined to subscribe to both his channel and Noah's.
In event you've not yet caught the most recent posts by some of my fav (and hopefully your favs, too) bloggers, here are some links for you! ☺
Musings on Gratitude via marcoujor's musings
The Mysterious Cart Ruts of Gozo via WarnerWords
That's it for this one!
God bless you, thanks for the read and see you next week!
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