HOW DO YOU SHOW YOUR LOVE

How many of you know what PDA stands for? It is an abbreviation for Public Displays of Affection, and most people associate this with holding hands, kissing, or hugging while out in public. For some people, holding a loved one’s hand, or giving them a quick kiss, is simple and natural no matter where you are. But, for others, it feels strange and weird, and you think people are staring at you.

When I first married Joe, I stopped by his work to say hello. He came around the corner and gave me a big hug and a kiss because he was happy to see me. I felt uncomfortable because I didn’t know anyone that was around us, and I had not been used to seeing people showing affection out in public. However, I quickly became used to getting hugs and kisses from him no matter where we were. He loved me, and he wanted to show his love to me.

My sister is a tennis fan. She loves watching tennis and will get up at 3:00 am to watch a tennis match that is being played overseas.  To say that she is a HUGE fan of Serena Williams is an understatement. If you are within 50 feet of her while Serena is playing a match, then you won’t have any trouble figuring out that Serena is someone that she wants to win. If Serena is losing, then you don’t even want to be in the same room with my sister since she is going to be in a bad mood. My sister will be cheering, jumping up and down, and shouting at the television if there is a bad call made.

I loved getting to watch my children play sports when they were younger. My oldest son was fantastic at football, my youngest son excelled at basketball, and my daughter was great at volleyball. Each of them made the region and the state all-star teams in their sports, and you can bet that I was at their games cheering them on. I didn’t think a thing about jumping to my feet when my son caught a touchdown pass. When my son blocked a shot on the basketball court, I was one of the first to scream and shout encouragement. And, when my daughter spiked the ball over the net for a score, I was clapping and screaming my head off. Let’s just say that you probably figured out which child was mine before their games were over. Lol!

But, when it comes to loving the Lord, would you be able to “see” that in my actions? I’ve been studying and watching sermons this week about HOW to worship the Lord. Worship and praise is something that I’ve thought of as songs and hymns. If I wanted to worship, then I needed to be singing or making a melody in my heart.

My grandmother sang at the top of her lungs when we went to church. In her last few years on this earth, you would find her singing gospel hymns even if she didn’t recognize who we were. She still was showing her love for the Lord, and she still remembered HIM.

I know that David was a man after God’s heart. The Lord loved David, even though David sinned and had many flaws. Maybe, just maybe, it is because David loved the Lord and made it known. Read the verses below and notice the ways that are listed that describe the ways to show love.

Psalm 98:1-9

Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things; his right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him. The Lord has made his salvation known and revealed his righteousness to the nations. He has remembered his love and his faithfulness to Israel; all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music; make music to the Lord with the harp, with the harp and the sound of singing, with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn— shout for joy before the Lord, the King. Let the sea resound, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it. Let the rivers clap their hands, let the mountains sing together for joy; let them sing before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples with equity.

Sing is the first thing noted. Shout for joy and burst into jubilant song with music! Make music with the harp and sound of singing. Clap your hands and sing together for joy! I am pretty sure that if you were in the presence of David, you had a good idea that he loved the Lord.

But I am shy. I can’t sing very well, and I can’t play an instrument. People might look at me like I was crazy, and no one else is shouting and clapping their hands. These are all of the things that I’ve said to myself about worship. It makes me uncomfortable to sing loudly, and I would rather blend in with the rest of the congregation. But, that doesn’t mean that I don’t love the Lord.

I am pretty sure that the Lord was uncomfortable when he was being beaten. For some reason, I don’t think that He was comfortable when He was spat on. I’ve heard that having spikes put through your hands and feet would hurt. The Lord did ALL of that to show His love for me, so I need to figure out a way to show my love for him!!!

Singing and playing music is only one way to show your love to the Lord, but there are plenty of other ways.

Thanksgiving and Prayer

I love you, God! Father God, you mean everything to me! It is not hard to express your love for God in prayer. If you can tell your spouse, your parents, your children, or even your friends that you love them, then you should also be telling the Lord. Giving thanks to the Lord for everything is easy. If you have it, then the Lord gave it. We came into the world with nothing, and the Lord has provided all that we have.

Everyday Opportunities

Showing grace, kindness, forgiveness, and love to others is a way to show the Lord that you love Him. Going about your everyday activities with the Lord as your guide will change the way that you act and respond.

Language

Speaking of responding, what do you say when someone makes you mad? Do you immediately feel the need to “set the record straight?” Or, do you wait and ask the Lord to temper your words and response? This has been a tough one for me, but I am slowly learning not to respond to anyone when I am angry. Some times I will sleep on it overnight and pray that the Lord will give me guidance and grace for my response. I am the happiest when I pray and wait, and I am usually not happy when I lash back at the person instead.

Entertainment

If I got in your car, what kind of music is playing on the radio? How about the television shows that you are watching, or the movies that you attend? Are they showing worship to the Lord? If someone is watching us through the window, would they know that we love the Lord by our entertainment choices? How about the things that we share on social media? Does our social media feed shout, “I Love The Lord?”

There is no written in stone way to worship the Lord. We are all uniquely made, and we can all worship in our own unique way. The Lord knows what is in your heart, but He doesn’t mind a little PDA either. So, this week while you are driving down the road, or sitting at the kitchen table, sing at the top of your lungs your favorite worship song. I know the Lord will be smiling, even if you are singing off-key.

To GOD Goes The Glory!

Have A Blessed Day!

 

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  1. Sharon wrote:

    God bless you, Tania, for being bold enough to give God the glory!

    Posted 9.13.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      God gave me the blog, so I should make sure that HE is a part of it.

      Posted 9.13.20 Reply
  2. Chris wrote:

    Beautiful thoughts! Really makes one stop and think and want to show our feelings for God more openly!

    Posted 9.13.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Part of our job as a Christian is to make other Christians. Openly showing our love will bring other people to the Lord.

      Posted 9.13.20 Reply
  3. Linda wrote:

    Great message Tania – This gives me something to think about and work on this week,,,,

    Posted 9.13.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I am glad that you liked it, Linda.

      Posted 9.13.20 Reply
  4. Fiona Haymes wrote:

    Such a great reminder to always always be giving God the glory loudly and clearly and not worrying that someone else might think us weird because God thinks us beautiful and just loves us.

    Posted 9.13.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I don’t know, but I would think that when we go out of our comfort zone to worship the Lord, He beams!

      Posted 9.13.20 Reply
  5. Julie wrote:

    Wow, Loved this !!
    Food for Thought!!
    Thank you !!

    Posted 9.13.20 Reply
  6. Sheryl wrote:

    Love Lauren Daigle!! Love The Message on XM! Love your message!!

    Posted 9.13.20 Reply
  7. Connie O wrote:

    Thank you, Tania for the beautiful reminder. I needed this and I need to make some changes in my daily routine to remember to praise Him in all I do.

    Posted 9.13.20 Reply
  8. Kathryn wrote:

    Love your Sunday messages Tania. They are always right on the mark!

    Posted 9.13.20 Reply
  9. I love the song, I Say, it has so much meaning. Thank you posting all of your Sunday posts because in this world people do not and will criticize people that talk about God. This is the problem with the country now because no one wants to realize that we need God in our lives. Thanks again.

    Posted 9.13.20 Reply
  10. Wendy wrote:

    Wonderful Sunday sermon, Tania! I sing hymns to my chickens every day. They don’t mind that I’m slightly off key.😆

    Posted 9.13.20 Reply
  11. Karen C Brendle wrote:

    How can we doubt who we are when we are “Chosen,” “His Masterpiece,” and “His Workmanship?” Tania, I love how you use this platform to bring glory to the Father. Keep it up girl! You have a captive audience, including me!!!

    Posted 9.13.20 Reply
  12. Michelle wrote:

    HI Tania,

    I just recently “found” you via Pinterest and signed up for your daily emails. I really enjoy your Daily Fashion Posts, but your Sunday Inspirational Posts are a BONUS! Another great one today!! Thank you so much for reminding and encouraging all of us!!

    Posted 9.13.20 Reply
  13. Daphne wrote:

    Great post ,today Tania,I enjoyed reading it .have a great Sunday.

    Posted 9.13.20 Reply
  14. Eve wrote:

    It’s good that there are many ways to worship God other than singing, I was singing one day and my husband the professional singer ask me if I was singing that in parts because if I was, I could leave his part out. LOL So, although God loves to hear me sing, I’m not sure my husband appreciates my attempt.
    The Boothe Brothers have a beautiful song “She Still Remembers Jesus Name”. Your comment reminded me of that song. Great post as always.

    Posted 9.13.20 Reply
  15. Holly wrote:

    Excellent to think on what you watch & read & what music you listen to. Would you want Jesus seeing what they are? He knows & sees everything, we do, or think! Something to remember

    Posted 9.13.20 Reply
  16. Lisa wrote:

    This is beautiful! God loves you the way you are so you should sing his praises all you want! He doesn’t care about how you sound!

    Posted 9.13.20 Reply
  17. MaryAnn wrote:

    I always look forward to reading your Sunday posts and this sure was a great one today! Really gives me something to think about. Thanks for the reminder that I needed to work on improving this!

    Posted 9.13.20 Reply
  18. Nicole wrote:

    Thank you Tania that was an inspiration! God bless you and your family.

    Posted 9.13.20 Reply
  19. Evelyn Willis wrote:

    I admire you’re giving God the glory for everything. I love to read your blog and I love knowing you serve the same Lord that I do.

    Posted 9.13.20 Reply
  20. Becky wrote:

    I absolutely love your messages on Sundays! You have such a creative and thoughtful way of presenting God’s word. Thank you!

    Posted 9.13.20 Reply
  21. Rachel wrote:

    I will be singing with the radio tomorrow. Thanks for the reminder to show my love to God every day

    Posted 9.13.20 Reply
  22. Linda wrote:

    💕❤️💕❤️💕

    Posted 9.14.20 Reply
  23. Loie wrote:

    Wow, good stuff. So happy to celebrate my bd reading about God’s goody’s and learning fabulous fashion for this next decade of life.

    Posted 9.14.20 Reply
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