Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!
It's the day of "love". Lovers around the world celebrate their affection for one another. Families make heart-shaped pancakes.....Men buy red roses and chocolates...Some women even receive gifts such as jewelry.
But, what if you don't have a spouse?
What if you have a child who won't speak to you?
What if you are grieving the loss of your loved one?
Or, what if your "honey" doesn't buy flowers, chocolates, or jewelry?
What if you feel disappointed?

Whether we are celebrating the love of those around us, or we feel "left out" in this love thing, we need to remember our Heavenly Father loves us more than we can ever imagine.

For God so loved the world...
We love because God first loved us!” (1John 4:19) We can only love God and take delight in Him because He FIRST loved us! "For God so loved the world, that He have His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16) God loves the world so much that He sacrificed His one and only Son so that we may live.
God loves the WORLD, and you are included in the WORLD, but God loves YOU….personally. God loves YOU so much that He gave YOU Jesus.

When our youngest child Abby was about 8 months old, I was making my bed and I happened to look over at her. She was quietly napping in her swing. All of a sudden, I was filled with such an overflowing, intense, unconditional love for her. It was like a wave of love washed over me. I HAD to stop making the bed, drop everything and scoop her up, kissing her from top to bottom. I thought, "Abby, you are "addicting!" Sometimes I can't even do anything else but love on you!" I felt so much love for her.

She hadn't DONE anything.

She hadn't performed.

She wasn’t “being good.”

She was just….being.

And, I just felt overwhelming love for her. God whispered to my heart at that moment. “Tracy this is how I feel for you. I want to scoop you up and love on you. You don’t have to DO anything. You don’t have to perform. You don’t have to “be good.” Just BE.........”

Sweet Reader, God feels that way for you as well. He has an overflowing, intense, “gotta
stop what He is doing, scoop you up and love on you” unconditional love. Beloved, we don't have to DO anything, He JUST loves us! He just has to pick us up, breathe us in, kiss us, love on us.... The God of the Universe feels that way for YOU! Doesn't it just bring you to your knees?

God loves you and desires that you love Him back! “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. And He will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17) Your God sings over you like a mother singing to her newborn babe cradled in her arms.
Do you get it?
Can you comprehend how much God loves YOU?
He takes delight in you. You make Him smile. You are His Beloved!
I'm sorry to say that our sweet husbands, children, parents, and friends will disappoint us at times....they are not meant to fill our needs, our longing...
Only your God can love you the way you need to be loved.
Beyond measure.
And, because God loves us, He wants US to love one another.
This is the message we have heard from the beginning: We should love one another.-1John 3:11
Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.-1John 3:18
Remember, LOVE isn't a FEELING. LOVE is an ACTION.
Love someone today.
Happy Valentine's Day!

3 thoughts shared....:

Samantha said...

Oh this is so true!!! God loves us just because.... while we were yet sinners He sent Christ to die for us!! I am so thankful for His love and faithfulness he has shown to me!

Beth in NC said...

That is so beautiful! I love the way God teaches us things through our children.

Bless you today!

Denise said...

Very lovely, and very true.