Let Your Love Shine!

“Romans 12:9-21 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”


This is one of my very favorite passages in the bible. (I think, even if you’re not a Christian, this is good advice.) We live in a mean world where people are killed, maimed, raped, degraded, debased, and ignored every single day. Perhaps you feel as though you’re not ever seen or thought of by others, but, you are! Every single day people see you and get an impression of who you are and what you believe through your actions, attitude, and even facial expression. Now, here’s my question for you. If today was your last day on earth and it was the last time your family, friends and even strangers were to see you, what would you want them to see and remember forever? Every person’s answer will be different, but I will tell you what I want people to see in me. I want people to see a positive influence, a sweet smile, a loving touch, a person generous with love, comfort, helpfulness and maybe even a little colorful zaniness that makes them laugh for a moment. I want to be a person who, even if for just one minute, helps others forget all the meanness in the world. I want them to see someone who leaves them with hope, love, peace and a sense of “they matter.” I want them to see God’s love through my actions.

God loves EVERYONE, not just Christians, people like us, people in our political party or of our sexual orientation or ethnicity. GOD LOVES EVERYONE. His son, Jesus, revealed that love in everything he said and did every day of his ministry. Jesus revealed his love for us through the awful torture he willingly endured on that Friday thousands of years ago, and through rising from the dead on the third day. That’s what real love looks like! If God is love and we claim to love God, our mission every day becomes bigger than how we want people to see us or remember us. Our mission is to show God in everything we do. If we follow the instructions from Romans 12:9-21, we will be showing people God. God who is love, love and more love. So, the next time you see or meet someone, whether they be people like you or people completely different from you, show some love, even if only through your smiling eyes. I know this is a rather preachy post, but I say all these things out of love. Love is something special only if you give it away. I promise you, you’ll end having more love than you could ever imagine. You can start giving away love by following the instructions of Romans 12: 9-21.

 I’ll hush now before your eyes glaze over. I love all of you very much and pray that you have a blessed Easter weekend!


 This is a photo I took this morning just before dawn. Even though it was cold, snowy and mostly dark, look at what was shining through!  

Let Them Eat Cake!

A delighted smile of fondness
spread over his face when we
ran into one another quite by accident.

We shared a warm hug and
a moment of closeness in honor
and memory of our long ago friendship.

As we caught up with each other
in those brief moments,
out of the blue he brought up
a memory that I had nearly forgotten:

Triple chocolate homemade cake
to be precise, made for his birthday
25 years ago because he said he
missed the tradition
since his mother moved away.

His mother made him that cake every year
for his birthday, thus showering him with
a love enveloped in chocolate
and the care and time it took to make it.

Sometimes the simplest of gestures,
such as getting a recipe from a mother,
and baking a cake,
are all it takes to show love and care.

Let them eat cake!

© Elaine Wood-Lane

Let Us Not Grow Weary In Doing Good

Galatians 6:9-10 (ESV)9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. 10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

It is so easy to become weary, period. It can become especially tiring and difficult to continue doing good and being good to others, when we don’t allow ourselves time to rest and restore our spirits and relationship with God. I think that’s why God established the Sabbath, to give his children a day to rest and to restore their relationship with Him. If we do set aside time to do that, we find it easier to continue doing good to and for others. The fact of the matter is that once we spend time with God, dwell on Him and His deep and abiding love and goodness to us, we can’t help but share that love and goodness with others. I look at it this way:  God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are the well which is the source of all love and goodness. I am merely the bucket that carries that love and goodness to others. If, however, the bucket doesn’t return to the well to be filled back up, there is nothing it can carry to others. The bucket runs dry and is useless. Don’t forget to take time to refill your bucket, frequently, in order to carry the love, mercy, and goodness of our Heavenly Father to everyone. 

Here is what happens when the bucket carries that loving, living water out into the world:

God bless everyone!  Enjoy Palm Sunday tomorrow!   Peace and love,  Elaine

Back in Texas

Crossing the Texas state line,
I take a deep breath,
a tradition in our family,
meant to be a breath of fresh air,
sunshine, and a feeling of homecoming.

This time, as I take a deep breath,
I am nearly overwhelmed by the
lovely scent of…cattle, cattle,
and the peculiarly odiferous
smells that only a full cow lot
can create and maintain.

Still, the sky is blue,
there are faint clouds
high overhead, and
the spaces are wide open.

As I turn onto highway 385 south,
I get caught between two cattle trucks.
Ugh! Not that smell again!
My nose has turned itself up
into an Elvis Presley sneer
that startles me in its strength.

Then, I see the winter wheat fields.
Deep green in a land of reddish brown soil.
The contrast between the two colors
is astoundingly beautiful.

There are fuzzy cows in the
field of deep green and I breathe deeply.
I see a couple of true Texas Longhorns
in the mix and feel my face smile
from ear to ear.

I am truly, back in Texas.

© Elaine Wood-Lane

Morning Warmth

Waking up early,
warmth and softness
surround me as only
can be felt
after a good night’s sleep
in my own bed at home.

The sun is not up,
yet I feel its
warm joy throughout
my slowly waking body.

I get up slowly,
trying not to lose
the fuzzy warmth
and haze of
dreams just left.

It’s going to be a good day.
I feel a smile spreading
through me
as I watch coffee
dripping into my favorite
orange cup.

© Elaine Wood-Lane