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Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. If a man offered for love all the wealth of his house, he would be utterly despised. (Song of Solomon 8:7, ESV) Some of the most valuable things in life cannot be bought with money: respect, loyalty, trust, wisdom, happiness, true friendship. And love. We can’t write a check, whip out our Visa card, or even exchange cash for love. Some have tried, but it just doesn’t work that way. Love is not for sale. Much has been written about love—songs, poems, books, love letters—but I’m not sure we will ever…

“Oh, that my people would listen to me, that Israel would walk in my ways!” (Psalm 81:13 KJV) The more I am around children, the more I use the word “listen.” When I teach: Please listen. Listen carefully. Listen to the instructions. Look at me and listen. I have learned that nothing strains my patience and dances on my last nerve like being ignored. When my students don’t listen, the classroom gets chaotic, I get frustrated, we lose order, and we aren’t productive. Yet, I have to understand that these are children. Distractions are constant, and from their perspective, it’s…

“But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you.”  (Luke 6:27 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible) In essence, Jesus was saying, “Listen up!” While reading this passage today, I was reminded of a time I was trying to help our son, Stephen, understand why he must forgive someone who had wronged him.  His response was, “But, Mom, how can I forgive him for what he’s done to me?”  He was struggling to listen and act on my counsel. God wants us to be generous in forgiving those that…