Loving Without Needing Affirmation, Affection, or Appreciation

My current prayer request for myself it that I would learn what it means to love sacrificially with God’s love.

I’m learning that love that expects something in return isn’t really love.

I’m learning that love that manipulates, flatters, is needy, is self-serving, is self-focused, is easy, and is even rewarding isn’t really love.

If it’s all about me, I don’t think I’m loving well.

Where is this hitting me hardest? Parenting! I want to love well without needing affirmation, affection, or appreciation. Can you imagine how that would be to live in a home where you were just loved with no strings attached? Can you imagine?

I find myself standing in my kitchen wanting all sorts of affirmation and appreciation from people that I’m working so hard to love. Is that love? Is it?

When I’m set free to love as God loves–from a pure, joyful, overflowing, spirit-filled space within me–it doesn’t matter one bit what I get from you. I’m going to love, love, love no matter what.

It feels so free and right to love this way.

I’m finding more and more freedom in Jesus every day.

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