faith grateful heart monday personal writing

He Tells Us to Love. (A Grateful Heart)

June 29, 2015
Oh, goodness. I’ll tell you guys right now, today’s post sure did have a heck of a time getting here. First of all, the original intended topic (that being makeup, surprisingly) was rescheduled to another date so that I could touch on the ruling that took place in our country on Friday – something my heart is grateful for. So, I wrote up the new post. Five paragraphs. Then I spent an entire day rewriting those five paragraphs. I rewrote them four times, to be exact. And then – on Sunday night – I deleted all of it from this space. All five paragraphs, including the graphic I’d spent 20 minutes on- haha. I am exhausted, you guys. So in the spirit of ‘keepin’ it real’ today (and every day), I’m just going to tell you exactly how it went down…

All weekend, I’d been having such a hard time conveying in this space everything that was swirling around in my head and my heart, and no matter how many times I tried- it just was not coming out the way it sounded and felt to me from the inside. I reread it over and over and over, and each time it just felt like it was meant for an actual verbal conversation, but was not what was supposed to be shared on this space – at least, not in the struggling way in which I’d written it. So. I highlighted everything, moved it to my journal, and then asked Jesus what He might like for me to say, in place of it all, on this space. After praying and spending time with Him, Jesus laid only one thing on my heart:

And I cried. Because Jesus is so, so good. I am so grateful – so. grateful. – that Jesus is all that He is. I am so grateful for the love that Jesus has for every single person on this planet. I am so grateful that Jesus came onto this earth for us and with us, to give us a new command: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. (John 13:34-35). I am so grateful that He always provides the answers when I ask.

Love one another.

This week, I pray that we choose to love others, a lot more than we ever have before. I pray that we continue to love each other, despite any differences. I pray that we quiet our mouths, and that instead, we wash more feet.

The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. – Galatians 5:6

What are you grateful for? 

Link up below and join the rest of us in starting each day this week with a grateful heart. Not enough time to write a Grateful Heart post today? No worries! This linkup will be open until Friday! You can find the rules of this linkup here

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  • Amen, girl!

  • wow that is just awesome Emily and so perfectly said – digging right into Jesus is always our answer because He always as the answer! Despite opinions or beliefs – Jesus wants us to be like Him and He is the epitome of love. Well said – really loved this. I'm glad you felt you had to rewrite it because you said it simply – I think that is sometimes all that is needed. x

  • Yes. When I get confused by everything I am hearing, THAT is what I go back to and also, when asked the two greatest commandments Jesus ever gave: love God and love others and so if are to "error" let's error in that side because it cannot be wrong to love. Love one another.

  • How funny is this….I had the same experience. I wanted to write something regarding the decision and STRUGGLED big time on choosing what and how to say exactly how I felt about it or "be like Jesus" and discern my choice of words and feelings. It would not come out right. I chose instead to write out my life verses…the truth in how I try to live my life. Yes, we are to love one another, it is commanded. I will say this though, many are going to have to "agree to disagree" with the decision and remember, God is still in control and His word in unchanged. I understand the emotion you conveyed.

  • Lindsay Otis

    Love this! Such a relatable post for a believer, thank you for summing it up so well!

  • It came together beautifully, friend. I have struggled all weekend… Mainly on quieting my own mouth. It has been a struggle!

  • Love your heart! That's the one thing I've been stressing to people – despite if we agree with each other or not, we are called to love others. It's the darn 2nd commandment, right after loving God first! It's breaking my heart watching all the hatred being spewed across social medias. I've decided to remain mum on the subject in terms of social media of any kind, and save those conversations for respectful debates face-to-face lol!

  • I've wrestled with what to say, too. I have friends who are ecstatic about the ruling and friends who have said terrible things (via social media, mostly) and need to calm down. Mercy triumphs over judgment, though, and I'm thankful my imperfect self is given mercy by God – I just need to remember to extend that grace to others when I disagree with what they do or say!

  • This is just perfect Emily!! I worked on my own post yesterday (which I need to complete later today). It's very difficult to put somethings into words but sometimes the only words we need are short and simple. Happy Monday, my friend.

  • Holly

    Yes! Yes to all that you wrote! Thank you for not giving up and sharing from your heart! The perfect reminder to start our week. Hope you have a good one!

  • This is 100% how I feel about the last two weeks in our ever-changing country. Under no circumstance whatsoever should we break this commandment: LOVE. Just love one another. (Thanks, Emily!)

  • This is seriously so beautiful and so true. Thank you for sharing.

    It's something I have also been reminded of over and over again this weekend.

  • So well said. How different would the world be if we could all just love each other the way Jesus intended? Grateful for you today, friend.

  • Amen, girl. Love one another = so simple and so true. Also, I feel you on the writing. There have been many times when I write what I think will be a public piece, and then it's either too sensitive or too raw or not quite right somehow, and I end up realizing that it needed to be written for my own clarity and not to be shared.

  • Love this line Emily, "I pray that we quiet our mouths, and that instead, we wash more feet."

    Thanks for sharing what the Lord put on your heart!

  • Thank you so much for writing this post. It actually brought tears to my eyes. I've been crying a lot this week. Of course everyone know what occurred last week in Charleston. I knew one of the victims and it has been extremely hard to cope this last week. My emotions have been up and down. I attended her wake (visitation) on Saturday and felt a sense of peace shortly afterwards. Then one of my best friends contacts me yesterday afternoon to inform me that her mother had passed. She was just placed in hospice a little over a week ago. Sadness prevails again today. So, yes, we must love one another. We never know what someone is going through. I keep a smile on my face even though I may be hurting inside.

    I also began a post last week about the senseless violence of the shooting and eventually deleted last night after writing my Currently post. I didn't feel I needed to dramatize it any more than it has been. To everyone this reaches…Love one another. You are all my sisters and brothers in Christ. God bless! ~Lowanda

  • Danise Jurado

    Amen! Beautifully spoken from the heart of God's love… So thankful and grateful for His unconditional, perfect love! Lovely post my sweet friend! Happy Grateful Monday!

  • Amen sista friend!! Love this … I cannot wait to wash your feet when I see you next!

  • I think an important thing to note is that God gave you the answer as you prayed AND spent time with Him. So often, I pray for God to give me answers, but I don't spend time in His word. And often-times, the answers come FROM His word.
    Thanks for that reminder 🙂

  • So happy you wrote this! My heart hurts here lately at all the hate in the world. It makes me so sad, and people just get so caught up in their opinions or whatever it is……I just want us to all love like Jesus does!

  • Yes, so much yes! Love is always the answer. I, too, scrapped my original post for today and wrote about this. I HAD to!

  • I love this, your honesty, your openness and your views. I am so happy to see religion being used as it is intended….to encourage love of everyone and not as a means to hide behind a veiled wall of hate and discrimination. Thank you. XO

  • Jae


  • Something I definitely need to work on with my actions, not just my words!

  • SO beautifully written, Emily. You have the sweetest soul. Truly.


  • Beautiful words Emily, for real!

  • Aw Emily this is wonderful. Your transparency and ability to really convey emotion through your posts is a true gift! Thanks for keeping it real, girlfriend.

  • Sometimes the dialogue inside is meant for a conversation with Him 🙂 Thanks, Michelle

  • I've pretty much stayed off of my personal Facebook for the past few days… whew.

  • Looking forward to reading your post, Sheryl!

  • Thank you, Holly!

  • xo

  • So simple and yet not so easy, right?!

    Yes- I have written so many things that ultimately have only been saved in my journal… all were still conversations needed to be had/written 🙂

  • Thank you, Chantel!

  • Bless you, Lowanda. I'm so sorry for the hurt you have felt this past week, and for the loss of your friend. I'm so sorry. Sometimes the things we write are meant only to be shared with Jesus, as He comforts us through every word written on every page. I'll be thinking of you this week!

  • Thank you, Danise! Happy Grateful Monday to you- I hope it was a great one!

  • You've already gotten my response via private email but just had to tell you that AGAIN – I teared up reading this from you! gah!

  • I do the same more times than not too, Kristin. Only recently have I learned that to hear Him and to find His answers, I have to spend actual time with Him and in Him. (I fought it for quite awhile yesterday until a verse written on a piece of paper I'd at one time thrown in a drawer literally fell out as I was cleaning… the verse is Jeremiah 29:13-14 which says "You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart" – Point taken, Lord! Could not be any clearer than that!! 🙂

  • I hear you!

  • Thank you, Anne! XO!!

  • xo!

  • Same! *hand raised*

  • xo. Thank you for this sweet note, Karra

  • Thank you, Alyssa!!

  • This is perfect Em…beautifully said. I have written and rewritten several times and every time I felt that what I was saying was going to be offensive in the end to someone. At the end of the day love wins…that is all that matters. Thanks so much for always sharing from the heart.

  • I am so in love with this post. It is so simple and so to the point and this is what I love about God. He knows exactly what to tell us when we are struggling for the right words. On another note, yes to loving everyone. There is only one person who can judge and that is him…not us. Love, love!

  • Beautiful. That is all. This is beautiful, you are, the words are. I wish more people could see love this way.

  • Agreed, Shelly 🙂 And thank you!

  • Yes 🙂 xo. Thank you, Kenj!

  • <3 warms my heart. Thank you, friend.

  • I so love this.

  • It's crazy to me how a commandment that seems so simple on the surface can prove to be so difficult for so many. I can hardly imagine how much better this world would be if we all loved just a little bit more!

  • He is so good. and you are too.

  • Heather K

    This is exactly how He spoke to me this week as well. And it brought me to tears. With the time difference I woke up to all the change & reactions in our country – and in those first moments of the day, nothing was more clear to me than the reminder of that commandment. 🙂 Grateful beyond measure.

  • I think about it every day, Emma. Right there with you, lady!

  • xo 🙂 Thanks, Kim

  • Goodness – I can't imagine waking up to the various reactions, Heather! There simply is not enough coffee.