Friday, February 26, 2010

Farewell Love...

Ok, I'm sick of love. No, I'm only sick of posting about love. 

Let us recap what I've posted over the last month concerning love:

Post #1: I share my view on what real love looks like and lecture about how bad the world is and give a biblical reference for guidance and to make us all feel guilty. (1 Corinthians 13) 

Post #2: I soften a little and admit that I'm really quite a romantic, despite my strong convictions on the subject of love, post some random facts, quotes, stories concerning said topic, and lastly condemn those who don't like Valentines day.

Post #3: I post images that have anything to do with love from my photo library, and insert a nice, deep quote about love by someone I know nothing about. (You can tell I'm losing interest in the subject- photos are always the easy way out of a good post.) 

Post #4: I openly confess to being tired of posting about Love, proceed to go into an organized recap of what has come from my experimental blogging journey, and end the post with a love song.

I say it's been a good month. ha. 


Saturday, February 20, 2010

images of love?

Chocolate. What is it about chocolate?


Marriage... or lack thereof. 

Strawberries and chocolate. Pure bliss.






The ultimate Sacrifice.

"Love means to commit oneself without guarantee, to give oneself completely in the hope that our love will produce love in the loved person. Love is an act of faith, and whoever is of little faith is also of little love."
--Erich Fromm

Saturday, February 13, 2010

"Love" post #2

In my last post I shared thoughts on what love really is. True love. Now I have been thinking about different ways we express love or use the word to explain an interest or like in something. I don't think that using the word for such things is bad, really. I think it's just good to know the difference between what love really is and where it comes from, and lust, selfishness, etc. So when I say I LOVE ASPARAGUS... obviously I don't care for asparagus as I do say, my sister. ha! I think the word probably does get thrown around too much, but what bothers me is when people use it when they are really expressing something that they FEEL, as we see demonstrated in most of our entertainment these days. There was more on that in the last post.
Does any of that make sense? I would love to hear your thoughts on the subject.

And please, don't think I'm not a romancy (I just made it a word) sort of person. Ooooh, I am. I just don't want to get lost in the middle of love and lust. I know that what the world thinks of as love is usually not real and doesn't deserve the word.

Here are some odd facts, trivia, and quotes on "love" and such...

Women can talk longer with less effort than can men. That has been proved repeatedly. Why? Because the vocal cords of women are shorter than those of men and so release less air through them to carry the sound. It's all a matter of breathing. 

A team of medical experts in Virginia contends you're more likely to catch the common cold virus by shaking hands than by kissing.

The average woman uses up approximately her height in lipstick every five years.

Scholars recently returned from New Guinea said they noted a lot of elderly natives there had missing fingers. Research revealed that it was the custom some years ago for a young fighting man to give his lucky girlfriend a finger cut from the hand of an opponent. And said girlfriend wore that finger on a string around her neck.

One hundred years ago, a woman thought herself to be particularly gifted if she were one of those who grew a faint moustache. That light down on the female face was considered most attractive then.

It's commonly believed a man picks out a wife who reminds him of his mother while a woman picks out a husband who reminds her of her father. But that's not right. Recent research indicates both the man and the woman are most influenced in their selection of matrimonial mates by their mothers. If a woman regards her mother as stern, she's likely to go for a stern husband. If she thinks of her mother as gentle, she looks for a gentle husband. The father of the bride or groom just doesn't have all that much to do with it, poor fellow.

It's reported that more than 10,000 marriages a year now are directly traceable to romances which begin during coffee breaks.  

King Ferrand of Portugal was held captive from 1213 to 1226 by the Turks. They demanded ransom, but Portugal's Queen Jeanne refused to pay for her husband's return. She had beaten him in a chess game, and he had therefore hit her on the nose with his fist. It upset her considerably. (Perhaps this is why many women don't play chess, and why we need to deal with pent-up anger before the game begins.)

The longest kiss listed in the Guinness Book of World Records lasted an incredible 417 hours. 

* 2 out of 5 have married their first love.

* Only 4% asked the parents' approval for their bride's hand.

* 1 in 5 men proposed on his knees.

* 6% propose over the phone. (And what percent said yes?) 

Florida law forbids a housewife there to break more than three dishes a day. 

In men the hypothalamus (small organ near the brain stem) is larger than in most women. When provoked, the hypothalamus heightens rage, thirst, hunger and desire; possibly explaining boys' more rambunctious behavior. 

Psychological studies show conclusively that, while emergencies tend to upset a woman more, in a real crisis she is likely to remain calmer than the average male. 

What does "getting a Valentine" mean in criminal jargon? Receiving a one-year jail sentence. 

Well, that was enlightening. Ha!

I just have to say that I love Valentines day. My parents have always made it a special, fun holiday and I have no bitterness towards the day. And it kind of bugs me when people do. Seriously? Stop being selfish and go love someone. 

Happy Valentines Day!


"True love begins when nothing is looked for in return."
--Antoine De Saint-Exupery

Friday, February 5, 2010

True Love- the real one.

Here begins the Love themed month. I'm looking forward to it, really.

I'm going to share a journal entry on LOVE from earlier this year, I think. As I am not editing as I go, please excuse the incorrect use of words, irrelevant facts, and anything else that seems weird :)

    April 13th, 12:51 a.m.

Love is a choice, not a feeling.

For a while now I've known that the way we use the word love is very incorrect and what people think of as love (feelings, desires, etc.) isn't really love. But, I've just had somewhat of a revelation! I was reading the love chapter (1 Corinthians 13) and as I was reading what love is, I suddenly thought something like, "This is not the love I'm used to hearing about!" But that's just it. By telling someone you love them- in the real meaning, is like saying, "I'm patient with you, I'm not keeping track of your wrongs, I will not get easily angered by you... etc. etc." It doesn't mean, "I think you're hot, I feel good when I'm with you, You please me... etc. etc."- Which is usually what it means in our culture. A beautiful attribute of God has been twisted into a selfish pleasure of man. What's new!? I was struck with shame and regret as I read what love really is, which is something I don't show and live, CAN'T show and live in my own power. I am asking God, "Please love through me! Give me the power to love your way." Everything else comes out of that. That's sort of how I see it. Martyrdom, Faith, Prophecy- all these things count as nothing without Love. I desperately want to love- God's love.

1 Corinthians 13 (New International Version)
 1If I speak in the tongues[a] of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames,[b] but have not love, I gain nothing.
 4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
 8Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 11When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 12Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
 13And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

So good, yes? YES! Of course. 



Monday, February 1, 2010

Lazy blogger as of late...

Wow, what a horrible way to start a post.
Back to business. I've been thinking for a long time that I want to write more specifically and intentionally. Does that make sense? My friend Jessica told me that it would be cool to do themes or subjects and I've seen other people who've done that and I like it. (Thanks Jessica! :) So, taking her advice (and attempting to be like other people,) I'm going to give it a try. My posts probably won't seem much different really, maybe just in my head they'll be more organized and purposeful. ha.

As I am inspired by certain concepts, objects, songs, stories, adventures, people, books, subjects, movies etc... I am hoping to write and post about only that thing, (which could come out in many different ways,) for a certain amount of time not yet determined. Actually, the time given will probably vary depending on the topic.

My hope is that i will be inclined to post more often and more creatively. Who knows what really will happen.

Any ideas or suggestions of topics would be great. I'd love to share my thoughts on something that would interest any reader I might have.

With all that said, I think that I will take the month of February to post anything concerning Love. You know with Valentine's Day and all, it seems appropriate <3

I will start the next time I post.

Now I'll leave you with a good tune.
I've been listening to this one a lot lately. It's beautiful and the words are so simple and honest- the only problem with it is that it's too short. bummer.
Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

peace and blessings,