Hey, Everybody! Happy Valentines Day! Around our house it’s an extra special day since it’s my oldest daughter’s birthday too!
Can someone PLEASE tell me how did five years went by so fast?!?! Anyway….
And of course Valentines Day and babies growing up bring to mind one word: LOVE. Over my few years on earth I’ve learned something: love is not earned. I know. It should be obvious. It’s a simple concept. But I find myself so often trying to earn love and thinking others should earn my love, but it doesn’t work that way!
Love is freely given and freely received or it is not love. Pure and simple.
Another thing: true love is sometimes HARD! As my hubby sometimes says, “If it was easy everyone would be doing it!” In our adult Sunday School class we’re reading a book called The Love Dare, based on the movie Fireproof. There’s a reason they call it a “dare”. Sometimes love is not easy.
Love is not a feeling. It is a choice. It is a deliberate decision.
Beyond the little gifts and cards today there’s a few ways I’m going focus on giving love today:
- I will choose to give my husband my full attention when he is talking to me (not multitasking!;))
- I will dare myself to speak gently to my children.
- I will decide to have a cheerful attitude while serving my family.
This may not seem like much to some, but this will take a lot of effort for me. These will be my gifts of love. Now if I can do this everyday, I’ll be set! (But we all know I won’t even be successful doing this for 24 hours. I’ll just have to keep trying!) Spending sometime with the source of all love and receiving from the One Who First Loved will definitely help!
How about you? How are you celebrating Valentines Day today?