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The ♥NE That I Love
LJ Idol
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The one I love is God. He is love, and
by His very power and existence defines
love. He created me, He created everything
outside of me, including the concept of love.
He put into my life the people whom I love. My
family: my parents, my husband, my children,
sibling, extended family, friends. He even put
into my life annoying people, whom I'm learning to
love as dearly as my occasionally quite annoying Mom.
He has even made it possible for me to love myself.
After years of doing everything I can to run as far away
from His loving plan as possible. He put people into my
life who captured me with their love and led me back to

God created this amazing, powerful glue that holds all of us
together, called Love. Hollywood doesn't always get the details
right, but they definitely have the importance down. Life is
about loving. Without love, we are nothing. Love is universal
enough that we all think we know the best for ourselves, when it
turns out that Love Himself created a darn successful path.

I was brought into this world in a loving
family. We were a small but hardy crew. The
nature of my father's job kept us away from
extended family except on summer vacations, so I
learned what it was to be raised the only
daughter, only sister, baby of the family. I
had the firmest of foundations, a cheering squad
of granite stability.

I sort of kind of understood the importance of
love. I was thrilled to fall in love for the
first time, in high school. But somehow it also
seemed easy to put aside this childhood love
when I moved away to college.

I met Flar in my first week at Rice. I pursued
him when my roommate “gave him to me.” He told
me he loved me that spring. I broke up with him
the summer before my Junior year, and we married
at the end of my Junior year.

Our marriage has not been a simple happily ever

after. We invited others into our marriage bed and it has helped to amplify
natural weaknesses in our relationship. It nearly tore us apart. What is the
worst thing that ever happened to me? Camel. What is the best thing that ever
happened to me? Without Camel, I don't know if I would have ever, finally sought
out God again. And without God in my life, I would have no hope of ever fully
repairing the marriage I have with Flar.

The one that I love? God. Because He has seen me through all of this. Pursued
me when I ran away, gathered me into His loving arms when I came running back.
Patiently held onto me when all He need do was wait. And He promises me that He
has plans to prosper me, and to finish this great work that He has begun in me.
Flar still loves me, and the rest is in God’s hands.

The preceding has been my entry for LJ Idol, Topic 14, The One I Love.

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I love to read your entries and this one did not disappoint. Beautiful and comforting at the same time. Thank you for sharing.

This was a beautiful take on the topic!

I can tell you that it's well-written. It was moving, though I don't really understand it (I've been an atheist -- though that term really isn't the best when describing my religious beliefs, just the easiest.), nor will I ever. But that's just a personal thing, I guess.

I have enough friends who don't believe in the God that I know, that I understand it is much more complicated than simply "atheist." In your writing, I see a person who has a great spirit, a sensitive soul. You understand much.

relating. happy... sad... mostly... relating.

Good job!

Lovely job and your passion for G-d flows through this.

I really enjoyed this and am glad you decided to use this take on the topic. Bravo.

This is pretty. I like the format you used, and the fact that it reads almost like a psalm.

cool entry. I thought about doing something like this, but I figured you would.

Thank you. I learned a lot about editing, in doing this particular piece.

Lovely and well written. *Hugs*

I loved this! It's very honest and strong. Beautifully done!

Excellent entry, and your description of the graphic is much appreciated. :-)

Thank you!

And, yay! It worked (hiding it in the image alt text, that is)! The first, biggest thing that LJ Idol has taught me, is awareness for the differently challenged that participate in Live Journal. The second, is the importance of editing. ;)

Really great entry this week. I feel like I want to hug you :)

Nicely done. I admire your faith, even though I don't share your beliefs exactly.

I'm prefacing this by explaining that I'm a pagan in a household full of Catholics... (which may explain my often odd perspective on faith and God and organized religion, I suppose).

I like this. I like the way you wrap the two types of love together -- love here on earth and love which is faith, and how the latter bolsters you to be strong enough for the difficulties the former always has (because nothing in this world is ever simple, is it?). Nicely done.

Thank you. I'm especially pleased when I can write about my faith and touch something within others, even if they don't share my faith.

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And one who puts people in my life that won't let me crawl back up into the shell behind the walls.

And one who puts an "easy" thorn into my side, to soften my heart for the hard learning. But that would be an obscure segue into tomorrow's post about The Mat.

Tomorrow, let me sleep, and find it for you.

nice entry. I just wish I had something approaching your faith.

Thank you.

My faith is an answer to continuing prayer.