It’s February. For some of you, this is the month where love is celebrated just a little bit extra. Cheesy cards, chocolates, and those sugary little hearts that say little sweet phrases like , “ You’re special.”
For others, I can sense you sighing. You are not really into that commercialized Valentine’s Day love stuff. Maybe it’s a minor sigh that comes from thinking, “I just do not understand why they try to commercialize love.”
Sometimes that sigh comes from a much deeper place. The place where we are looking for love, feeling unloved, or wondering what love really is.
I remember my first “love.” Names will be changed to protect the innocent, but I thought for sure his eighth-grade self was the one I was going to marry. I wrote his initials—we will call him John, on EVERYTHING.
I practiced how our names would sound together. And we had a love song. Granted He did not know it was our song, BUT it was playing in the church van one time when we were together. He may have been six rows back in the twelve passenger van, but still—it was our song.
I was devastated when I found out He did not return these warm fuzzy feelings of love.
As a thirty-three year old single girl, sometimes it can be easy to still want to live out the feelings that came that day: feeling unpicked, unnoticed, unloved.
I do not know about you, but one of ways the enemy can try to keep this dreamer from dreaming is fear of rejection.
Living loved, free to dream. To take steps towards those dreams, no matter how afraid. To make mistakes on the way to those God-sized dreams. To recognize that the times when I fail, God’s love will never fail.
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:37-38 ESV)
So friend, chocolates or no chocolate, this month why don’t we chose to celebrate?
Let’s live out of His great love, free to be the ones He loves. Nothing will separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.
Shared by: Jennifer Hand