LOVE; Word of the Week

This week we focus on Love.  What is it, and how do we as parents show it to our little ones, and incorporate it into our homeschool learning curriculum?  

Focusing on a classic education we of course go to what we consider the source of all wisdom; the Holy Bible.  In 1 Corinthians 13 guides us that we can speak in the tongues of men and of angels, bu have not love, then we are but noisy gongs or clanging cymbals.  We can have prophetic powers and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, we are nothing.  Love is patient and kind;  love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude.  Bears all things, believes all things hopes all things, endures all things.  Is not irritable or resentful, does not insist on its own way.  

Love never ends.  Faith hope and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

 

Aristotle says “Love is composed of a single soul, inhabiting two bodies.  

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage” Lau Tzu

“Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do…but how much love we put in that action.”  Mother Teresa

To me there is nothing more clearly representative of love than when a child is first born.  Especially to a mother who wants, and looked forward to that child coming into the world.  So what happens?  How is it that we as parents can lose our love light, and be so impatient, over-expectant, and unloving in how we speak to, and act around those we profess to love the most.  

According to author, speaker and counselor Gary Chapman we all speak five Love Languages.  It is our natural tendency to speak to others in our unique love languages.  It is only when we seek to speak to others in their love dialect that true love emerges.  It is then that we put others before us.  

Do you know your kids love language?  Do they know yours?  How about your spouse or significant others love language?  

Personally I believe this very simple truth is responsible for the conflicts in every home.  We all truly strive to love our families and friends, but we see the world through our love language, and feel betrayed when we don’t hear that language, or feel that language.

You can be proactive about ensuring there is love in your home, spoken in everyones language.  Take the time and go take the quiz together as a family.  http://www.5lovelanguages.com/profile/

If love is such an important thing shouldn’t we work to find out how to communicate it appropriately and toward the right things.  Think about how many times you’ve heard someone say; I love my ipod, I love my phone, I love my car, I love my house, I love steak, I love pizza!  Are we professing that same level of love for our friends?  Our families?  Our kids?  Ourselves?  

“To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance” Oscar Wilde

Begin with learning the things you are worthy of being loved for, then expand that thinking to those around you, even your boss!  Spend this week focusing on how to love, and be loved.  What says love to you?  Then go and spread it to others around you.  It may just start a revolution in your live.

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Word of the Week

WORDS

 

What words do we use to describe words?

 

We can get information biblically from things such as “In the beginning was the word…” 

 

We could get more examples of the use of the word for co-creating with God from “Tongue a Creative Force.”  We can also learn about The Power of a Woman’s Words

 

Words to curse and words to love.   Be careful what we say as words become our program, our operating system  Remember that “Children are Wet Cement”.  

 

What language of Love do you speak?  There are five but only one requires words.  

 

Words spoken by the tongue, that uncontrollable beast that can get us into so much trouble.  Words are like arrows, once loosed they find their mark and cannot be taken back.

 

Words to the wise, and words of wisdom, words of joy and words of anger.  

 

You can dig the word, think the word is hip, groovy, funky, fresh and keen.  Cool, banging or just plane dope.  Whether bird is the word, or it stands by itself.  Word?  Words have great power.

 

Power to heal, By his stripes we are healed, or the power to condemn, you stupid loser!

 

Words can lift up, you are a great reader, or they can tear apart.  Take the paper and rip it in two pieces.

 

Words can describe, declare, dictate, and determine.  

 

Words can persuade, encourage, detract or impair.

 

Words can be soft and soothing, or harsh and clanking.

 

Words can rhyme in time to a line of music.  

 

Or flow with a rhythm all their own.

 

In Many forms of haiku verse

 

prose

 

stansa

 

The words flow.

 

Like a dreamy sliding current they float.

 

 

Do we discuss the spoken word or the written word?  Do we establish a definition of the subject we are going to use to discuss word.  

 

Guess we should begin with the Definition.  

word |wərd|

noun

a single distinct meaningful element of speech or writing, used with others (or sometimes alone) to form a sentence and typically shown with a space on either side when written or printed.

• a single distinct conceptual unit of language, comprising inflected and variant forms.

• (usu. words) something that someone says or writes; a remark or piece of information: his grandfather’s words had been meant kindly | a word of warning.

• speech as distinct from action: he conforms in word and deed to the values of a society that he rejects.

• [ with negative ] (a word) even the smallest amount of something spoken or written: don’t believe a word of it.

• (one’s word) a person’s account of the truth, esp. when it differs from that of another person: in court it would have been his word against mine.

• (one’s word) a promise or assurance: everything will be taken care of—you have my word.

• (words) the text or spoken part of a play, opera, or other performed piece; a script: he had to learn his words.

• (words) angry talk: her father would have had words with her about that.

• a message; news: I was afraid to leave Washington in case there was word from the office.

• a command, password, or motto: someone gave me the word to start playing.

• a basic unit of data in a computer, typically 16 or 32 bits long.

verb [ with obj. ]

choose and use particular words in order to say or write (something): he words his request in a particularly ironic way | (as adj., with submodifier worded) : a strongly worded letter of protest.

exclam. informal

used to express agreement: “That Jay is one dangerous character.” “Word.”

PHRASES

at a word as soon as requested: ready to leave again at a word.

be as good as one’s word do what one has promised to do.

break one’s word fail to do what one has promised.

have a word speak briefly to someone: I’ll just have a word with him.

in other words expressed in a different way; that is to say.

in so many words [ often with negative ] in the way mentioned: I haven’t told him in so many words, but he’d understand.

in a word briefly.

keep one’s word do what one has promised.

a man/woman of his/her word a person who keeps their promises.

( on/upon ) my word an exclamation of surprise or emphasis: my word, you were here quickly!

of few words taciturn: he’s a man of few words.

put something into words express something in speech or writing: he felt a vague disappointment which he couldn’t put into words.

put words into someone’s mouth falsely or inaccurately report what someone has said. • prompt or encourage someone to say something that they may not otherwise have said.

take someone at their word interpret a person’s words literally or exactly, esp. by believing them or doing as they suggest.

take the words out of someone’s mouth say what someone else was about to say.

take someone’s word ( for it )believe what someone says or writes without checking for oneself.

too —— for words informal extremely ——: going around by the road was too tedious for words.

waste words 1 talk in vain. 2 talk at length.

the Word ( of God ) 1 the Bible, or a part of it. 2 Jesus Christ (see Logos).

word for word in exactly the same or, when translated, exactly equivalent words.

word of honor a solemn promise: I’ll be good to you always, I give you my word of honor.

word of mouth spoken language; informal or unofficial discourse.

the word on the street informal a rumor or piece of information currently being circulated.

words fail me used to express one’s disbelief or dismay.

a word to the wise a hint or brief explanation given, that being all that is required.

PHRASAL VERBS

word up [ as imperative ] informal listen: word up, my brother, you got me high as a kite.

DERIVATIVES

wordage |ˈwərdij|noun,

wordless adjective,

wordlessly adverb,

wordlessness noun

ORIGIN Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch woord and German Wort, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin verbum ‘word.’

-word

comb. form

denoting a word that may be offensive or have a negative connotation, specified by the word’s first letter: the F-word.

 

WHOA!  That is a Lot of information about the four letter word!

 

How in the 21st century do we encourage our young to delve this deep into the meaning of the simple things we take for granted.  Think about the thousands of years of growth we as a species have accomplished.  

 

What about the power behind the choice of words?  Great communicators learn to pick descriptions that get the best effect.  Utilize words that make clear the meaning they are trying to convey.  Then there are the rest of us!

 

What about the words we speak about ourselves?  About others?  That bratty kid of mine, that lazy husband of mine, that worthless woman, those idiots in Washington!

 

Compare that sentence to this one, That princess of mine, that hard working husband of mine, that wonderful woman at home, and the competent leaders in Washington.

 

Over time, if repeated often enough a lie becomes the truth.  Your husband probably isn’t lazy, your kid probably isn’t bratty, your woman is a creation equal to you and is priceless not worthless.  No comment on the people currently in Washington.  Somewhere, not on TV is a competent man or woman of integrity trying to fight the word battle!

 

War of words?  Arguing.  Distrust.  Fight, hurt, pain, suffering, poverty, crime, violence, war.  That’s the basic process of all War.  Starts with a miscommunication of words, ideas, thoughts, beliefs, disconnected.  Escalates, we assume the worst of the other person, quickly we get mad, fists fly, then bombs.  The result of fights, wether on a global scale or those that go unresolved in your family.  People get hurt, it leads to poverty, single family homes, struggling, poverty leads to want, disbelief they can ever get it without stealing it, not knowing the value of work, and the power of words, a person turns to crime.  Crime breads more violence, control of crime, protection of business, leads to wars.  Until parties can come together and find common words, common beliefs and ideas.  We will never meet our greatest potential as a species.  The great team that God wants us to be!

 

I hope you take your words very seriously.  You build a barrier around your tongue to prevent destructive and harmful words from flowing out of you.  Your words have power!  They determine where you end up and what paths you go down, to the point that your words can change the world!

 

Join me, say words like world peace, end to poverty, ending wars, feeding, clothing sheltering the entire planet, justice reigns, clean water, and finally, how can I act to make these a reality today?