Love is Hard

The entire month of February Sweet Sleep has chosen to “Share Love” with the world by telling stories via our blog and FaceBook. It has been incredible to hear the stories of individuals and groups coming together to be incredible advocates for orphans around the world! I cannot help but be challenged and encouraged by each of these stories. I cannot help but be challenged by the Word that has inspired them to do what they do! 

John 13:35 says “…by this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Love is the ultimate definition of a Christ follower. It seems profound and simple all at the same time. If we know that love is what sets us apart, then we must think about what love looks like in our lives. “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:4-8).” 

I do not know about you, but there are many days when I am lucky to be able to claim even one of those qualifiers. In fact, I think I need to add a part to 1 Corinthians 13. Love is HARD. Love is not what it seems on television. It is not something that you can create by a streamlined process. It’s really not something you can fake. That’s why love is the way that the world will know that we are followers of Christ. It’s something that only He can give. After all, God is love (1 John 4:8).

So love is hard, but love is worth it. You will never regret choosing to love people well. This is something that I have become very convinced of through my work with Sweet Sleep.  James 1:27 clearly calls us to love and care for orphans. Realizing the great need of a bed and the reality that for orphans across the world a clean, comfortable, safe place to sleep is a dream come true is incredible. Beds are not only life- changing for these orphans, but they are also life-saving.  I have had the opportunity to experience this in Moldova and in Northern Uganda. The joy these kids get is INCREDIBLE. I love that these beds are given along with the Gospel. It is not hard to see and know that the Kingdom impact of Sweet Sleep is HUGE.
–Sarah Edwards, Sweet Sleep Director of Student & Church Initiatives

Only 68 Nets to Go!
We are so close to our goal of 568 nets for newly registered HIV+ orphans who are came out of hiding in Uganda. We still need you to buy 68 more nets for only $8 a net. Please give at sweetsleep.org/donate. Mark “Gulu net” in the comments box.

Be a part of this life changing ministry by giving a one time donation or Be a Bedhead and help provide beds each month for orphans across the world.

Every weekday in February Sweet Sleep is Sharing Love through stories from individuals, churches and other partners who have helped us show love to orphans around the world by giving them a bed.

Go to www.sweetsleep.org/sharinglove and find out more about Sharing Love.

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