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Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine's Day...

Ok, so today is Valentine’s Day. In the excitement and adrenaline of preparing to speak at the Awaken conference this past weekend, the whole ‘Happy Valentine’s Day’ thing completely slipped my mind.

And that very thought fills me with such peace that I can barely keep from squealing!

You see, when you are single – whether thrust into it by another’s choice – or slammed into it by loss of a life – or simply always have been ; when you are single, this day of love and candy and love and jewelry and love and candlelit dinners and love and flowers and did I mention love? - this day can be kind of lonely.

This Noah's ark 'two-by-two' holiday parade of celebration can sometimes make you feel awkward and angry and alone.  Kind of like a unicorn standing there alone in the rain while the ark sails away.


Last night on Facebook, friends started posting these darling pictures and themselves with their sweeties from the early days…and it just made me giggle. No tears of sadness for what might have been, no thoughts of ‘what about me’, just giggles at their 80’s hair and poufy wedding dresses. Somehow in the past seven years since my Dave died, I have come to a place of peace with all the love swirling around on V-day.

I woke this morning to kisses (from a 4.5 lb puppy), hugs from two perfectly adorable daughters, and balloons and chocolates on my front porch from my carpool BFF. 









Then I saw this written on my car window:
'You are Loved'.  

So much love...and it wasn't even 7 am yet!  



Driving in the car this morning I was given such a Valentine through Jesus’ love songs: ‘He is Jealous for You’ by David Crowder, ‘You’re Beautiful’ by Mercy Me, and ‘Fingerprints of God’ by Steven Curtis Chapman. Love poured over me and into me and through me.

Came home to open His Word to read His words…to me:

The Lord your God is with you,
he is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
he will quiet you with his love,
he will rejoice over you with singing.

Zephaniah 3:17

Wow.

Yes, Jesus loves me. The Bible tells me so.

So whether you are happily married; or married and working on more happy  :)  , or divorced or separated or single or widowed, I hope you take some time today to stop and spend a few minutes with the One who loved you first.

And then, if you’re still feeling lonely, ask Him to show you someone who just might be lonelier than you.  Someone who could use a call or a card or a hug.  There’s nothing like reaching out to keep us looking up!

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