The Grove – Love

Last week we had our very first Velvet Ashes Live in Chiang Mai, Thailand.  And oh, to be together was so lovely.  To see faces and give real hugs, t’was good, good for the soul. To share the story and vision of Velvet Ashes, to hear what it is meaning to you, to hear Patty Stallings spur us so movingly on to create, well, it was delight.

Here are a few gems from our time…

Our first actual promo video.   Would you share, like and tweet to help us spread the love of Velvet Ashes?







So many more people and moments that could have been captured!  But I loved our time together.  It was to me a reminder of the bond we share.

It’s been an extreme few weeks for me and mine, disease and hospitals involved.  We’re okay now, and I’m sure I’ll share the story when I’m ready.  But now we’re in the fog of weariness and travel and getting home after six weeks.  (I think it’s safe to assume a Valentine’s Day date will not be happening on Valentine’s Day for us.)

But here’s what’s been churning in around in my head about love.  Throughout the trials of the last weeks, there was never a moment that I did not feel loved by God through his people. In fact, I felt quite lavished by that love.  When we were in crisis, people showed up with love, support, generosity, and more offers for help than we knew what to do with.  And for that I am humbly grateful.  I love that God loves us so tangibly through his people.

These are words that have been resounding in my soul this week, words that I sang out in joyful chorus, my voice raised with hundreds.  It’s both the why and how of it all:

“Hope for the hopeless, your love is.
Strength in our weakness, your love is.
May we love, as You love.”


Turning it over to you now.  Each week here at The Grove we gather and share our thoughts, words and art on our word prompt.  What do you all have to say about this week’s prompt, “Love”?

Here’s how to share with us:

  • If you don’t have a blog, share with us in the comments. We have the amazing ability to post images in our comments! So post images of your art and/or share your words there.
  • If you have a blog, write or make art based on the prompt.
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  • Please select the permalink from your post (so not your blog’s url, but your post url:
  • Use the blue linky tool below to enter your link.
  • It will walk you through selecting which image you want to show up in the linky.
  • Then your post will show up in The Grove’s linky.
  • Then be sure to go visit other’s sites and share some comment love! It’s the rule. We applaud brave hearts!

For this week, click on the link above to view the blogs that have linked up!

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  1. Kristi February 14, 2014

    The Work of Love
    Love must root and ground me
    So I may go to those who need Him most
    Love must capture and captivate me
    So from me His bounty may freely flow
    Love must secure and cover me
    So through my touch others may find His comfort
    Love must shepherd and lead me
    So that with others I may find rest on the way
    Love must draw me close and be my vision
    So all eyes that look upon me will see only Him
    And in Him be
    Drawn close
    Given vision
    So Love may continue His work

  2. Danielle Wheeler February 14, 2014

    I was reading the first half thinking, “Such good verbs!” And then you listed them out. So powerful. So true.

  3. Sarah Moulding February 14, 2014

    Following a similar theme to Kristi’s word;

    “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge- that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:17-19.

    Being rooted and established in love- not just brushing the edges of God’s love with a simple head acknowledgement, but really grasping a firm hold of God’s love for us, so that we become so entwined with God’s love we are inseparable. God’s love becomes our firm anchor point, it becomes our source of nutrients, of life itself, from which we can draw energy for life.  When we are rooted and established in Gods love then we are able to flourish and grow, the fruit becomes beautiful.  When we pass through the storms and get battered and broken and pruned down to our bare hurting core, the love we hold onto will give us new life to be able to produce beautiful fruit again and to grow and be a joy and delight to others. We can’t be destroyed if we are truly rooted and established in God’s love.

    1. Danielle Wheeler February 14, 2014

      This so vividly depicts grasping a firm hold on God’s love! Beautiful and powerful.  If life’s storms ever strip us bare, that ultimately God’s love can always spring new life.  Now that is hope.  So glad you shared the beauty of your art, the message of your heart with us here.      

    2. Shelly Page February 16, 2014

      Sarah, the intertwining of the roots into the heart of God is a powerful image. There’s depth and a sense of strength. Thank you for sharing your image in words and art. The words I latched onto were: “…being rooted and established in God’s love then I am able to flourish and grow…” for that reminds me of a verse that was dear to my heart a few years ago and has recently come up again. Ps 52:8-9 describes the writer as being like a olive tree flourishing in the house of God. Only WITH him (who is Love) do we flourish.

    1. Cecily February 20, 2014

      Would have loved to have heard the love song from the little boy!

  4. Cecily February 20, 2014

    I am a bit late, but I wanted to share about the Father’s love.

    This week I had the joy of being the Lord’s messenger in bringing pure water to a home where there was none.  I cried when I heard about the joy in the home and the guests who came to have a drink of clean water.  How beautiful it is to share the love of Jesus by just walking in obedience to what He asks us to do!  His love is so big and boundless that He wants us to share in the giving and receiving of it!

    Then, as I was preparing some food yesterday morning, I thought, “It would be so great to have another set of US measuring cups so that I could have a set for dry ingredients and for wet.”  But, we all know how that is not an easy thing to acquire in a foreign land.  Well…  only a few hours later I went to the post office and found a surprise package waiting for me from a friend in the States.  And you won’t believe what was in the package!  A set of measuring cups from Crate & Barrel–a set much nicer than I would ever buy for myself!

    I was so overwhelmed by this expression of the Father’s love for me!  The seemingly empty wish had just passed through my mind moments before the Father delivered my desire.  There is no other love like this anywhere!

    1. Liz K February 20, 2014

      love this!!  And how great, crate and barrel measuring cups!!!!  God is amazing in how detailed He is!

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