Happy Valentine’s Day
Honestly I am more likely celebrate it being Friday the 13th than Valentine’s Day–at least Friday the 13th is interesting and different. But since I am not a pagan and not the least bit superstitious I don’t really celebrate either. Once upon a time I did, I longed for someone, anyone, to give me a nice, romantic Valentine’s Day gift and was always devastated when no one did (even if I got something it never lived up to my romantic aspirations.)
About 4 years ago, maybe more, God dealt with my heart on this issue. Honestly, there is no way ANYONE or ANYTHING can live up to such romantic twaddle as the world would have us believe and get all caught up in. And honestly, if it weren’t for the world telling you it was important, would you REALLY care? We are loved and cherished beyond anything by our Lord and Saviour, and HE never runs out and buys us flowers, chocolates , and a romantic card. Instead He blesses us with beautiful wildflowrs, incredible sunsets, His wonderful Word, and all sorts of small daily blessings–so many that if we just open our eyes to see we are amazed at His love for us.
And so, nowadays instead of moping about not getting a gift I don’t really care about on a designated day that I don’t really care about, I realize how blessed I am to have a husband who loves me every single day and shows it, and a God who loves me even more than my husband, and who goes out of the way to show me every single day. And I challenge you to do the same. Even if you don’t have a great relationship if you are a child of God then you are LOVED. I challenge you to find women in your life who have no one, who struggle, who need to know that they are loved, and go out of your way to show them your (and God’s) love for them.
And I offer you a Valentine’s Card just from me to each of you, and offer it to you to share with whom ever you feel needs to know that they too are loved.
I used to feel the same way, all through high school and beyond. I was always bummed to see other girls getting valentines from boys. God dealt with my heart too and I appreciate your post on this. We don’t go all out on Valentines Day, but I make sure my children know they are loved and I know I have a husband who loves me too!
All the Valentine’s Day hype is just another way for companies to make money.
I added a fun poll to my blog, where readers can predict whether our baby is a girl or a boy. Come on by and vote!
We don’t celebrate valentine’s either. DH and I go “all out” (for us) on our anniversary – OUR day. I will show our daughters valentines crafts or help them make cards for loved ones if THEY want to, but don’t push it. Thanks for such a nice post!! (my littlest daughter was born on friday the 13th! a lovely day for us! 😉
This is so true! I always do that with unmet expectations and the last few holidays I’ve realized it has nothing to do with those around me, but my own selfishness. I am so blessed and I choose to count those instead 🙂
amen. these “special days” our countries have instituted are hard for many people…i have a friend that found the hardest day of the year for her was FATHERS DAY — because she had no father and this day highlighted to her (and others) what she didn’t have (and what her heart longed for).
other people — christmas is the worst day of the year. etc etc….
its sooo important to remind our heart of WHOSE we are….and what He thinks about us. i am one who always sees what I lack…or what i long for….when my eyes are off myself then i have found the greatest freedom in life.
hard to remember sometimes but true none the less.
xoxox hugs to you heather! xoxo
I was wondering if I could added to the Christian Unschooling blog roll??? Pretty please??
there is such freedom, isn’t there, when we let go of these things. i am thankful i’m not experiencing holidays as a single woman anymore b/c they are simply too hard to be alone, but i have no expectations of my fiance or of things having to be a certain way. cereal on christmas would be fine with me (though i don’t think my family would be as happy as i 😉