All You Need is Love

It's funny how God gets my attention sometimes.

There are occasional days that I struggle with a bad 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 feel 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 hit my knees. 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


This is a previously published post.

19 comments:

Lynn Cowell said...

Julie,
I love that God can use anything...even the Beatles to draw us back to Himself!
Thanks for reminder!
Lynn

Rachel Olsen said...

Hi Julie,

One of the chapter titles in my upcoming book "It's No Secret" is titled "Get By With a Little Help From Your Friends." Like Lynn said, God can use the Beatles.

Thanks for sharing this with us! ~ Rachel

Rose said...

Amen. I love how God surprise us with reminders we never would have thought could draw us back to him.

~*~KIMBERLY~*~ said...

Yes, All you need is love, God's love. Praise Him. Great message Julie.

Karen said...

Julie, this post will never get old. Truth and wisdom. Thanks.

Terri Tiffany said...

So true! So true! I hope your home is filled with it!

Andrea said...

I love it when GOD redirects me.
Hugs, andrea

Cheryl Barker said...

I can have my own trouble with being easily irritated. I'll try to remember to sing a little next time!

Kelly Combs said...

I am a music lover, and God blesses me with song on a regular basis!

B His Girl said...

I just LOVE how He speaks to us and puts a song in our heart. Maybe this will replace the song Kelly blogged about earlier, Love is a Battlefield. Glad you guys are singing!B

KelliGirl said...

Music ministers to me constantly. I'm not much of a singer, but the little man in my iPod always seems to know exactly what song I need to hear.

Dan King said...

Great reminder Julie! Thanks for sharing! By the way, I never knew that you get snippy... Hmm...

Krista said...

Definitely so true Julie! I can say that has happened to me before too. And I'm with Dan, you get snippy? LOL! We all do, thanks for being real!

myletterstoemily said...

my kids would say, "cool, God speaks to her
in 'beatles songs?"

good word.

Kitty @ Four Little Toms and a Mom said...

Love the Beatles! Great Love Story!

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Nancy said...

Wed. I was frustrated and all of a sudden, out of my mouth came, "we fall down and we lay our crowns at the feet of Jesus..." That song just came from nowhere, well, it came from Heaven so I could adequatelly express my emptiness without Him. So I can relate to your experience. What a blessing when He does that.

Amy@LivinginHarmony said...

Just the reminder I needed. Thank you so much for sharing!

prashant said...

I love how God surprise us with reminders we never would have thought could draw us back to him.
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