I have a love/hate relationship with February.
On one hand, February is the month of my birthday. (Translation: CAKE)
Gosh. I love cake!!!
On the other hand, February means Valentine’s Day.
You would think between my birthday and the name of this site having the word “Heart” in it, I would be ALL OVER Valentine’s Day.
When The Kid (my pet name for him) was in public school, I would dread Valentine’s Day obligations! Thank goodness Pinterest wasn’t around.
My hat is off to all you moms navigating THAT pressure.
One reason I’m not a fan of Valentine’s Day.
My fierce independence streak shows up and I want to “Rage against the Machine.”
(Not really, but a girl can dream.)
The Kid would bring home a letter from the teacher stating, ” You must bring in a Valentine for ALL the members of the class.”
What about the child who pokes everybody in the lunch line? My kid has to give him/her a “Stay cool, Valentine!” card?
How about I just keep him home and he and I will eat cake? (Have I mentioned I love cake?)
I’m not a fan of Valentine’s Day but I love “LOVE”.
I love THE KID, my husband, (still thinking about a blog nickname for him) close friends and family, and the end of Sense and Sensibility when the youngest sister climbs up the tree to get a glimpse of Hugh Grant and Emma Thompson.
I also love the movie Notting Hill.
My favorite part is when Julia Roberts walks into the book shop and says to Hugh Grant, “I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to her.”
(Maybe I love Hugh Grant?)
Movie Love is beautiful, isn’t it.
Happy endings, romantic gestures, epic speeches, and even a boombox over the head blaring music until you come to the window. (Name that movie.)
But in spite of the beautiful imagery movies depict, it isn’t REAL!
What is Real?
His love is an Unfailing Love.
There is a worship song I love :
Lord, you are more precious than silver.
Lord, you are more costly than Gold.
Lord, you are more beautiful than Diamonds,
and NOTHING I desire compares to YOU.
written by Lynn DeShazo.
Wherever you are in life, there’s a deeper, stronger, more powerful love than any movie, cards with bunnies hugging, box of chocolate, happy ending could ever bring.
God’s Love for YOU is unfailing.The best gift for Valentine's Day is God's unfailing love for us. Click To Tweet
Isaiah 54:10 (HCSB – emphasis added)
“Though the mountains move and the hills shake, MY LOVE will not be removed from you and MY covenant of peace WILL NOT BE SHAKEN,” says your compassionate Lord.
So, instead of getting the hives when I see ROWS of Valentines, sprinkles, and cupcake wrappers, (mini cakes…YUM!)
I will remind myself…
God’s Love is Unfailing.
I can celebrate that!
What about you?
Do you love Valentine’s Day?
Make sure to come back next Tuesday for Part 2 in the “Take Heart” series.
What a NEW way to look at LOVE & …Valentines day. I LIKE Valentines day because I like getting flowers & extra attention on that day. But LOVE is reserved for my feelings toward my husband, children, & chocolate.
I also love reading the bible, which I don’t do often enough. I am dedicated to making it a 2016 priority, so that I can try and learn to accept God’s love for me, and his plan for my life. (A little late in the game, but better than never.)
I do agree with you… I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day but I recognize Love is a vital thing for our lives, specially the Love of God. Great post!
Ok, I just found you via FB blogger group and I already adore your site. This post rings with such TRUTH!!! I remind me to rejoice in the love of my Heavenly Father. Thank you for that. And so thankful for another blogger who isn’t afraid to speak of Hod and His work in our lives. I’m following you! ?
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I just totally identify with the Valentine overload over-do over-my-head. Very few times do I rise to that level. The other times I just stick with what makes me and the kids genuinely happy (yes, and cake) instead of what the “other moms” are doing (sportin’ that fierce independence streak like you). Wouldn’t it be awesome though, if all of us were trying to outdo each other in kindness and love because it’s what’s REAL (instead of pin-worthy)?!!! Just like God’s LOVE? And we would be doing that in REAL ways, not the fake kind? Yeah, sounds pretty awesome. And unfailing. Thank you for that reminder, friend. Keep oozing out kindness and love to those around you and you will be blessed tenfold.