Because True Love Goes Above and Beyond


She was a foreigner, learning the language and culture.

I’ve never been outside the US.

Her husband, father-in-law, and brother-in-law left this world much earlier than anticipated.

I don’t want to imagine what it’s like to lose my husband. Or any other godly men in my life.

She was forced into finding a job and established a strong work pattern.

I’ve typically enjoyed the option of choosing my job, even when it was a difficult one.

She left a statement that has echoed for many years and you’ll find it in Ruth 1:16&17:

But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the LORD do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you.” (ESV)

Because true love goes above and beyond.

It pledges allegiance, goes to battle and stays by your side in the trenches.

It not only marries you for being you, but for being your best you…and your worst you.

True love doesn’t simply repeat the wedding vows; it sits on the deck 50 years later holding hands.

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It walks around outside your body in the form of children and extends further than you ever dreamed.

Today I did something I have no desire to do. Never want to do again. Didn’t enjoy at all.


I held a snake.

You see, I hate snakes. I already explained this a few weeks ago when I reviewed the Nature Bible (which is awesome, by the way!) So why did I do this?

Because my kids wanted me to. You can imagine the encouragement when I protested at touching the snake:

Aww, come on, Mom!

You can do it!

There’s nothing to be afraid of!

And so I tiptoed above my fears and reached beyond my own desires to do something my children wanted me to do.

Yes, I’ll do anything for them. Even hold a snake that most likely will give me nightmares.

Because true love goes above and beyond.

Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything.

I Cor. 13:7- Amplified Bible

This snake is a bit of a silly example and I’m still meditating on the redeeming love Ruth experienced. But for now, I’m wondering:

Have you ever experienced love that went above and beyond?

If you have written about it, I’d love it if you’d share the story and link in the comments! Or if you’ve simply read someone else’s story about going above and beyond, I’d love for you to leave that link too. Have a great beginning of the week!



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  1. Concerning ” True Love ” , I guess it is so deep that we will be discovering more of it from God in the time after the end of time. We have tasted deep love when our 7 month old developed a brain disease.
    What defines our love daily is what we do, say, act create for one another. When God is in it the abundance of life is around every corner it’s just that when we turn the corner there’s a thousand choices.

    1. John, what a beautiful, wonderful story of love you share. I have no idea why I even requested people to post their links when I wrote this post last night, but now I know. Thank you for sharing how God answered your prayers. Wish I could meet Jelly one day!! Many blessings to you and yours. Thank you for your faithfulness to share His Love story.

  2. Nancy Miller says:

    Rachel! Loving our children is a truly deep love from deep inside … You held a snake O … You are one brave loving momma … The Lord give each of us what we need not more not less … He gave me a girlie girl … No snakes for me … I did have an occasion once to show bravery … My daughter is deathly afraid of bees … I really don’t mind them much … During homeschooling I used every opportunity to help her understand bees. I bought creation DVDs and books and other stuff… One day we had a flower planting day in the flower boxes … She was reluctantly helping as its not her thing but she agreed … The bees came round and she was very fearful … I begged her to stay help … I said watch they aren’t going to hurt you … The bee landed on my hand … It took everything in me not to shoo it away … It continued and then it got in my face … My heart was racing but i didnt want to panic and run. i let it buzz. That was it for her. She ran inside. … Recently I reminded her of it and shared my fear that day … She still has the fear of bees and bugs … I have a feeling the Lord will give her opportunity to show her bravery too one day … Might not be with bees …

  3. I’ve held all kinds of uncomfortable things as a mom to 5 boys – don’t think I’ve ever held a snake though I’ve killed one:( Frogs, turtles – I’ve carried an owl in a basket – LOL – all to be strong in front of my boys. We celebrated 30 years of marriage last week – to celebrate I wrote a letter to my granddaughter, encouraging her to be a Forever Girl – just like her grandmother:)

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