Eat the Cake!

God’s love for us is PERFECT.  It is TOTAL.  It is COMPLETE.  It is not contingent upon anything.  It is not dependent on a person, thing or situation.  It is not in the process… It Just Is.  It is PERFECT. It is TOTAL. It is COMPLETE.  It is REAL.  It is LOVE.

Love is infinite.  It is ENDLESS, INEXHAUSTIBLE.  Love is subject to no limitation or external determination.

This love thing sound pretty strong!  But, I wanted a clearer understanding of God’s love for humanity, (that includes me and you).  So, I returned to the official book of love…  Here is just one of the many things I have come to understand and know.

“Our creator (God) loved all of us so much that He sent His only son to the earth so that we would not have to live a destructive life.  He (Jesus) came to the earth to give me and you a life that is complete, full and good, enjoyable, rich, satisfying and lasting”                   -Gwendolyn Holmes

That is some amazing love…

This blog is all about living life on purpose with PURPOSE.  So how does one do that?  How does one live a life that is filled with purpose?  Living on purpose means choosing to live in a way that demonstrates the quote above.  It means I understand that the Creator has already prepared a life for me.  It means that I already have a life that is complete, full and good, enjoyable, rich, satisfying and lasting.  This life has already been given to me.  There is just one thing left to do.  I have to accept this lovely life and live it.  What good is it to enjoy half, or part of life?

Think about it this way.  Imagine that I give you the most beautifully decorated cake that you have ever seen.  (I love to bake… so a cake it is)  It is decorated in a way that just screams you.  It depicts what you love, your personality, your favorite colors.  You can tell this cake was made just for you.  It is literally a work of art.  The icing is your absolute favorite flavor and the cake itself is so divinely chocolate, strawberry, white or yellow.   You decide…  This is your cake so imagine it however you choose. The key is that I am giving you this cake and it is amazing in every way that a cake can be amazing.  Looking at the cake you take in a deep cleansing breath and then you exhale.  When you look at this beautiful work of art you feel a rush of joy and happiness filling your soul.  You smile and allow your mind to imagine all of the wonderful possibilities this cake will bring.  And that is where the story ends.

But STOP!  Something is wrong.  Can you see what is wrong with this picture?  I have given you this amazing cake and you are yet to actually take it from me.  You are yet to ask for a knife and enjoy a slice.  You are yet to offer me a slice!  Somewhere deep in your heart you believe the cake is too beautiful to cut and enjoy… But, cake was meant to be eaten.

Cake was meant to be eaten and enjoyed.  And this, my friend, is the challenge that many of us face today.  The cake in this blog post represents life.  Many of us are not enjoying life.  The rhetorical question on the table sounds something like this.  Is it really possible to enjoy life?  Only rich and famous people really enjoy life.  How can I enjoy life?  All I do is work.

To truly receive and enjoy the cake one must claim ownership, cut a slice, put it on a plate, grab a fork, sink the fork in, and, yes, enjoy the first bite.  Take a moment and savor the sweet melodious notes of vanilla and chocolate, enjoy the creamy essence of butter and milk, and most importantly allow the sweet sugar to tickle your toes.  Take in every bit of enjoyment you can extract from this first bite.  Now pause and realize you have an entire slice left on you plate to enjoy today.  Wait, pause a gain.  Because you just realized that you have an entire cake that is all yours to enjoy, to share, to savor and to remember.

This cake that we have been talking about is your life.  You have been given a life that is meant to be complete, full and good, enjoyable, rich, satisfying and lasting.  Decide today that you want to enjoy the whole cake, I mean your whole life.  And remember to take it one slice at a time.

Enjoy!

All my Love,

Gwendolyn 

Intentional Love

February is known as the month of Love.  On February 14th, many consumers will go all out to show their love, on this ‘one’ day.  In the Kingdom of God, however, we declare every day as a day of love.  This year, for the month of February, I decided to embark upon an intentional journey of Love.  I am calling it, “21 Days of Intentional Acts of Love”.  What does this mean, you might be asking?  I will explain.  I plan to be intentional for the next 21 days, demonstrating acts of love and kindness towards my husband, Dewayne.  We have been married for 23 years. We are friends, partners, lovers and have a beautiful family together.  BUT… Here comes the BUT…  But, sometimes in life we get really busy being about the business of life.  In that business we can take our loved ones for granted.  So this February instead of celebrating ‘one’ day, February 14th, Valentine’s Day.  I will do something a little different.

I will intentionally, (plan on purpose to), demonstrate Acts of Love to my husband, through…

  • Special cards and love notes
  • Words of ‘Positive” affirmation
  • Acts of kindness
  • Loving and gentle touches
  • Unexpected gifts
  • Favors
  • Random text messages (for not reason other than to say…”your super, thinking about you…”)
  • Taking him to lunch or dinner
  • Preparing his favorite meal.
  • And whatever else I can think of…

At the end of these 21 days I hope he will see that my love for him has not grown old and tired.  Instead, my love for him and what we have built together is stronger now than ever before.  I hope he will know I am excited and ready to take on this year together doing more amazing things.

So will you join me?  Is there someone in your life who you value?  Someone who could benefit from 21 days of intentional Love?  It does not have to be a spouse.  We all need Love.

Making a cup of coffee; writing a love note and slipping it into their bag; sending a text message in the middle of the day to say, ‘I love you’;  making their favorite meal; taking the time to pause and look into their eyes; telling them how wonderful they are… These are just a few of the intentional things that we can do to show our loved ones that we care.  I hope you’ll join me!  If you are married this is wonderful opportunity to spice up the romance. I guarantee you that at the end of these 21 days your marriage will look and feel new.

So join me and let’s journey together!

All my Love,

Gwendolyn