Welcome, Autumn!

It's Autumn in the Wiley House! We decided to start celebrating the Fall season on September 1st even though it is early for the official start of the season (We just couldn't wait any longer). THEN, I have Bible Study tomorrow night, so we started tonight! Last year we started the family tradition of welcoming in the Season with prayer and a scent to match the season. It is when we pull out our Autumn decor and when we start Season One of Gilmore Girls! Below are some pictures of our night.

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A thousand times I've failed
Still your mercy remains
And should I stumble again
Still I'm caught in your grace

Everlasting, Your light will shine when all else fades
Never ending, Your glory goes beyond all fame
my heart and my soul, Lord I give you control
Consume me from the inside out Lord
Let justice and praise become my embrace
To love You from the inside out

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Learning to Love

"We love because he first loved us" 1 John 4:19

Have you ever wondered if we are born with the ability to love or do we learn to love? or both? I don't know the answer to that question. I do know parenting has an affect on how early we can learn to show our love.

I believe my parents were extremely instrumental in teaching me how to love. They told me they loved me. They showed me they loved me by making the best decisions for my well being. I think they modeled for me that love is a choice. We choose to love from when we are very little. Example: we choose a stuffed animal to snuggle with. It may seem small or insignificant, but it is something that grows. It grows until we are adults and choose to love our spouse on the days when they make us mad or choose to love our neighbor when we are jealous of them or choose to love that random person in traffic by letting them over into our lane.

Ultimately, I think it's a cycle. We love because He first loved us. I love because my parents first showed me love because Jesus first showed them love. Hopefully the same will be true of Laura Kate.

Here is a video of Laura Kate learning to love her baby, Macy.

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