All You Need is Love

It's funny how God gets my attention sometimes.

There are occasional days that I seriously struggle with my attitude. I catch myself being snippy with my kids, or I get really worked up about traffic or something equally aggravating, but not necessarily important in the grand scheme of life.

I realize that something is out of whack, yet the struggle continues, because it's an inner issue, deep in my heart. Nobody on the outside would ever realize the epic battle within. (Well, except for the child to whom I'm snippy.) But for me it can be intense, not to mention frustrating.

Then, suddenly, I'll notice myself humming a particular song. The Holy Spirit simply places a song in my head, and out it comes. So I've learned to pay attention to what I'm singing. When I actually listen to what is coming out of my mouth, it never fails to astonish me...it's precisely what I need to hear.

Like the song above. It's an old Beatles song, from the year 19-who knows when. And God uses it to tell me that I'm running low on love. HIS love.

Once this realization hits, I laugh. I continue singing. And I thank God for speaking to my heart through a song. Then I ask Him to fill me and flood me with love.

His love.

And He does exactly that. Which makes me grateful--and a lot less snippy.

God is love. And really, love is all you need.

"He who does not love has not become acquainted with God - does not and never did know Him; for God is love." 1 John 4:8


19 comments:

Karen said...

Don't ya love how the Holy Spirit does that? Or even a scripture verse might fly in my head, to correct my behavior. If I'm honest, sometimes I don't want to hear that, but God's love persists and I'm so glad.

Blessings for you this week.

Deb said...

I admit that lately I've been a little bit snippyish.

And I love how He uses phrases from praise songs and scripture to help me realign my way of thinking.

Prayed for you yesterday morning.

Our enemy is on the prowl.

But our Savior is on guard.

Sweet dreams.

T. Anne said...

Count me in the snippy category! Thank goodness the Lord loves me anyway *whew* great post.

Speaking from the Heart said...

LOL, no not me, I am NEVER snippy when I am asleep. Have an awesome week, Julie. I love your blog template. Did you do it yourself?

~*~KIMBERLY~*~ said...

Amen! Praise the LORD.

Gaia said...

Peace and love to you Julie.

Diane said...

Keep our focus on Him, right? Hard to do when circumstances are slapping at us. Good reminder! :O)

B His Girl said...

Sometimes we need to change our tune. I want to sing this song also. B

Terri Tiffany said...

Now you have me singing that song:) Good morning and I pray your day stays happy!

Cheryl Barker said...

I love how God speaks to us through songs -- even Beatles songs! :) Have a great week, Julie!

Eagles Wings said...

Yeah, I've been a bit snippy too, and one of the twins will start to sing a song from preschool...and I laugh because it's just what I've needed to hear.

Also been reading the book from Fireproof - Love Dare - a lot of Love verses and challenges to respond in LOVE!
Thanks for your post and reminder :-)

Rachel B said...

Something I've been thinking about lately...messing up keeps us humble (if we recognize our failures and repent) and you can't really love others if you are not humble yourself. Hmmm... your words made me think of this AGAIN this week! :)

Thanks for sharing, Julie!

Lynn Cowell said...

Julie,
The event I am speaking on next week really covers this topic - all we need is love. It is called "He is THAT Into You: Finding Perfect Love In The Heart of God". He really is what we were created for and when our hearts of full of Him they are then full for others!
Thanks for sharing this truth!
Lynn

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Jody Hedlund said...

I definitely need the power of the Holy Spirit to help me guard my tongue! I'd much rather burst forth in praise than grumbling and snippiness! But it's so hard some days!

Tea With Tiffany said...

I love when I hear music. It's God singing over you and me. Unless of course, it's not a good one.

Yes, love is all we need.

Hugs!

Gina C said...

God's been dealing with me about my attitude and the "love" thing! This post is just another confirmation!

KelliGirl said...

It is love, isn't it? That's what I keep coming back to.

BTW, if I haven't told you already, I love your new look. It suits you and provides a lovely canvas for your words.

Great thoughts, Julie.

P.S. Is there a category after snippy?

Susie said...

I can so relate to this post! Praise music is such a big helper to get me back on track with my thoughts and attitudes:)

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