As I was thinking about different quotes and song lyrics, phrases and thoughts about love, my mind remembered a verse that truly is the embodiment of how I want love to look for me and my family.
To serve one another in love for our family means being kind and generous with our time, our home, our food and things.
Sometimes it is hard (like when you’re tired or running short on resources or when when your best friend’s family lives with you for 7 months and by the end you just kinda want to not share anymore) and other times comes easily (like when your home team is in the playoffs and you don’t even hesitate rearranging your beloved furniture to accommodate a gigantic screen and a million wild children because go seahawks!).
Messing up your house, occupying your limited time, dirtying up dishes and giving of your money is not necessarily convenient. It takes sacrifice and putting others ahead of yourself, which for most of us does not come naturally.
Serving in love is not always easy, but it’s always worth it.
I hope this is what our family is about.
This print was just a quick drawing that I’d love to pass along to you during this month where we celebrate all things love.
Download the pdf file and print onto your favorite paper. Either choose an 8×10 or 5×7 (and then share with a friend!).
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This reminds me of some stuff Shannon Martin talks a lot about. You NEED to read her book Falling Free :)
What a great post! Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your family : )
What a truth thant you for remind us and for the free printable.
i know you did this post ages ago, but just wanted to say thanks for the download- I’ve printed off copies to hand out to women in my bible study group. It’s really nice to be able to give them something other than plain copy paper to put their thoughts and prayer points onto.
Oh, you’re very welcome!
Such a powerful message that I’ve been trying to reinforce inside and outside our home. Thanks for sharing…keep up the beautiful work! :)
Thank you so much for sharing! I just layered the 5×7 over a some jade & white chevron paper, framed it and hung it in my living room – it looks amazing! Thanks again!
Thank you! What a sweet printable!
Thank you for the lovely printable! It’s a perfect reminder!
I was looking for something cute to tag Valentine’s Day lollipops for my kids classes and this little printable was perfect. I shrunk it down to fit 9 on a 8.5 by 11 page and printed on pretty shimmery chamapagne cardstock. Uplifting message. Economical. Modern and chic. Thank you so much for sharing!
You are the kindest, most talented and generous lady! Thank you for sharing your gifts with us.
I appreciate the sentiment and thank you for sharing some encouragement in this week where I feel lonely and uninspired.
Can you tell me where you got your gold striped washi tape and the gold dot tissue paper? It adds such a lovely touch! Thank you!
The gold dot tissue paper I bought on amazon last year. The washi tape is from cutetape.com
The printable is so pretty and what a great message! It can be hard to serve, but it’s worth it. I think it would be cute to cut up the smaller ones and write a way in which you want to serve your friend, husband, boyfriend, girlfriend, neighbor (or whoever comes to mind) on the back and hand them out as Valentines!
Thank you for sharing.
Last night there was a small envelope on our pillows with a nice little note from our son. He wished us a good life. He said he loved us very strong. This little word in its own way is all thanks! I think he appreciates what we do for him and this is his way of thanking us.
He is 7 years old and is the No. 3.
I think this phrase “Serve One Another in Love” reflects what I felt last night. Thank you for putting words to feelings.
Thanks so much for sharing. I recently ordered some of your other prints too and can’t wait to get them! I just love all your designs…You are a very talented lady :)
I love it, however I can’t download it! What am I doing wrong?
Sorry for the trouble. You’ll need to sign in to the archive by clicking the graphic above. From there you can click on the link with the size of print you would like to download. Sometimes computers will just save the download in your download folder, so you can search for serve in love there. Be sure to open using Adobe Reader. If you are still unable to open the link, try switching web browser (i use firefox). Hope this helps!
I am clicking on the image and nothing happens. I am signed in !
got it !!
I was eyeing that print and trying to find where to buy it on your store.
Thank you so much for the free download and the thoughts behind it.
So glad you like it!
Please tell me how to download your free designs such “Serve One Another In Love”?
You’ll need to sign in to the Archive (click the image at the end of the post). From there, you’ll be directed to a library of different free files to download. Click on the one you like, find it in your downloads folder and you should be set!
Went to your printable page but the “download” was not available. It only shows the size of the prints. Clicking just takes me back to the blog. I am doing something wrong I believe. Thanks for sharing!
Kary – Just click on the size you want – to the right of the file name :)
Emily – Thank you for this gentle reminder…lovely!
Thank you so very much! This is just the piece we needed! We have an empty spot just waiting for the right print and we need this reminder on a daily basis! At least I do… sometimes being a stay at home mom can seem like a futile job… cook, clean, wash, pick up after others (who are more than capable), repeat… day in and day out. But when I change the way I look at it… when I look at it from the perspective of how can I serve them today? How can I serve them in love? Shower them in love? How can I show them that they are important to me? That I cherish them beyond words… well this print is the perfect reminder. Thank you!
I hear ya! I was up late cleaning, picking up toys, refolding blankets that had been used as forts and my 8 year old walked by on his way to bed and thanked me for picking up his toys. It was a sweet and rare moment when I felt appreciated for doing the mundane! Not always easy to serve in love. Especially when you do it day after day without much acknowledgement. Keep going … keep loving our kids … keep being kind and generous … there is joy in it.
I love this! Thank you so much for sharing. It is a beautiful reminder :)
Gorgeous (and so much truth in your post). Thanks so much for sharing! Pinning now :)
I saw this print in your last post and I was secretly hoping that you would share the print. I love it! Thank you. And – thank you for this simple reminder and sharing your thoughts on this verse.
Glad you like it!