The Valentine Conflict… (AKA The Heart Pt. 1)

Valentines Day. It arrives in just an hour. A day filled with hearts and candy and flowers and teddy bears and love and red and pink and…

Or not.

This day is often DREADED by the one who doesn’t have a significant other… Some may not want to even leave the HOUSE because they’ll drive by the restaurants knowing VALENTINE’S DAY DATES are happening inside… and they’re not part of one. February 14th is often NOT a day one wants to be SiNgLe… especially if you don’t want to be SiNgLe!!

Then, there are those that ARE in a serious relationship, married even, who dread Valentine’s Day for whole ‘nother slew of reasons… There are sometimes romantic expectations for the big V-Day that won’t be met, or will be met – met with disappointment. Forced romanticism… Or, maybe the marriage is NOT in a mountaintop season (no marriage is ALWAYS on the mountaintop) and one spouse or both don’t feel like celebrating the big LOVE DAY…

OK – This is not supposed to be a “Johnny RainCloud” post on Valentine’s Day… but looking realistically at Valentine’s Day, sometimes it’s not all hearts and candy and flowers and teddy bears and love and red and pink and…

But…

God is love and He created us for 1) relationship with Him and 2) relationship with others. Because He loves us. We can always be sure of His love.

The following is a repost from Valentine’s Day 2008 (back in my Xanga blogging days), a reminder of God’s LOVE. How He treasures you. Single or taken. Mountaintop or valley. You are loved.

It’s such a beautiful thing.

Love is such a beautiful thing, and yet not something we always feel. Maybe you don’t feel loved today… I thought I would take a few minutes, to remind you (us) of how great our Father’s love is for us…

j0436240 – God

I have loved you with an everlasting love.” – God (Jer. 31:3)

“We love because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19

“No one has greater love than this, that someone would lay down his life for his friends.” John 13:15

“For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

Love is from God.” 1 John 4:7

God is love.” 1 John 4:8

“Love consists in this: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” 1 John 4:10

Let’s hold tight to the promises of love, that even when we don’t feel love (from a family member, “friend”, even when we don’t feel loved by God) He does love YOU! You are special to Him. You matter to Him (and probably to a lot of others too )!

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