The Price of Love ❤️
“We love because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19
It’s Valentine’s Day! The day we celebrate love. However, I don’t want to talk about the stereotypical love this day is made out to be. I want to talk about a love that changed my life forever. Let me go back to where it all began for me. It started with the Price family. They have loved me so much and have taught me so much more. As I go down memory lane I can’t help but share. I know you will take away a lot of love lessons the Price family taught me throughout the years.
Dorothy and I were at yoga one evening when she noticed a tattoo on my foot. She screeched “what is that devils tail on your foot?” Her dramatic response reminds me of her dramatic love for me over the years. Her ability to love a child who is not her own the way she has loved me gives me hope and encourages me. I pray my love for others can be as dramatic as Dorothy’s love has been for me. After every ministry trip in Masters Commission there would be a welcome home note on my bed with a scripture. Often times there would be an encouraging note hidden in my bag to share with the whole team. I have kept every letter, every scripture and every ounce of wisdom she has poured into me. Dorothy was one of the first people I called after having Ellie. She marched up to the hospital at 11 at night with Taco Bell, cupcakes and so much love for Ellie. She was so excited. Watching her be Emmie to Ellie has been wonderful. She once told me the story of how she decided to talk to Wade about their family being my home opener. I’m sure I was the last character they expected to have knock on their door. She said she really felt God wanted her family to open their home to a student so they took a leap of faith and now I’m a half way normal person because of their obedience to Jesus. 😂 In the Bible Mary represents bravery and a servants heart. I think it is safe to say that Dorothy reminds me of Mary. Dorothy was brave to say the least by taking me in. To this day she continues to serve and love me as well as so many others. (Luke 1:26-56)
Take away: When Jesus calls you to do something even if it’s crazy – Do It! You never know the life you are changing because of your obedience. Never stop serving others. Dorothy’s obedience to God and service to me changed my life forever.
It was Mother’s Day. My first Mother’s Day. I of course choke on a hot dog. Wade comes to the rescue and saves my life. My ribs hurt for a week and I’m so thankful to him for that. Truth: I haven’t eaten a hotdog sense. However, this moment reminds me of his deep love for his family. I truly believe the man would jump in front of a car for anyone. He loves Gods people. He loves relating to them and his home is always open to them. He even required that Jessie ask his permission before he asked me to marry him. He was there the day he proposed and he was willing to walk me down the aisle if I needed him. A year before jessie and I got married I asked Wade and Dorothy if I could move back in. Wade responded
“You can always come home.” (Wade, you will never fully understand the impact those words had on my life.) I think this is when I realized how much he loves me and that he counts me as family. I believe his family is strong in their faith and love for others because of him. He leads his family well. Wade reminds me of Moses, one of the greatest leaders in the Bible. Moses led the Egyptians out of Israel. Wade leads his family toward God everyday and you can see the love of Jesus shine through him daily.
Take away: Be a leader. Lead others toward Jesus by the way you love.
One day Sam was home sick from school. He was in the 5th grade. Dorothy had me go get him lunch. On the way back his chocolate shake spilt all over the car. I was already having a bad day and it was one of those moments that make everything worse. I walk into the kitchen and through my tears I explain what happened to the shake. He immediately said “it’s ok! I don’t need it. I’m not mad. You don’t have to cry.” He was so young but so understanding.
He saw that I was having an ugly cry moment and he chose to love me by showing compassion. David was a man after God’s own heart. I believe Sam is too. Sam truly wants to live the kind of life that shows the love of Jesus. (Acts 13:22)
Take away: Develop compassion for others. Understand that someone might be having a bad day and understanding this can change everything for them.
While getting ready to head out to Illinois I put on my warm and fuzzy banana socks (pictured above.) Pulling them over my pants Anna ask, “Are those bananas on your socks and are you wearing them pulled over your pants?”
To which I respond , “Yes! I decided since I walked into this house looking odd I thought I’d leave looking odd.” We both laughed. You’re probably confused. The truth is I had no sense of style when moving in. We still joke today about the outfit I showed up to their house in! I won’t go there. My style was so bad that Anna offered to let me borrow her clothes. A few days after the offer Dorothy told me that Anna never lets anyone borrow her clothes. I love that even in all my weirdness Anna accepted me just as Jesus welcomes all of us. I’m so thankful she didn’t judge me at first glance but she chose to see what could be. She chose to see my potential. In the Bible Ruth represents loyalty. Anna reminds me of Ruth. When I moved in I became family and Anna was loyal to treat me as family regardless of all my many many flaws. (Ruth 1-4)
Take away: Don’t judge a book by its cover. Choose to see everyone’s true God given potential.
This is not the love that changed my life forever though. Jesus paid the ultimate price when He died on the cross for each of us. His love completely wrecked my world.
“For God so loved the world that He gave up His only son that whoever believes in Him will have eternal life.” John 3:16
However, I believe He chose to show His love for me through the Price family because He knew they would be Obedient to His call. He paid a huge price for His love for us. His love changed my life forever and the Price family, they demonstrate His love everyday. The Price family made His deep love for me make so much sense.
When we decided to rip the bandaid off and leave for Illinois it hurt. Tears flood my eyes as I remember hugging Dorothy and Wade. It hurt to leave two people who have poured so much love into my heart. God knew what He was doing when He made the Price family my home during my internship. He knew every single detail of all that I would need. Here is the thing. The Price family didn’t sit me down in front of a white board and give me 5 ways to Love well. They taught me what Jesus’ love looks like by showing it to me. I need you to know that Jesus loves you today and everyday. He loves you on your good days and your bad days. His love for you never changes. I’m forever grateful to the family who helped me discover this for myself. They are every bit of the family I pray we are to everyone who walks into our lives. If I could demonstrate just an ounce of the love they have shown me It would change the world. I will forever be thankful for God loving me so much that He has gifted me the opportunity to be loved by the Price family. All of this because He paid the price for love.