It’s Valentine’s Day.
You happy? Mad? Sad?
How does V day make you feel?
Maybe you love it, like me.
Or maybe this Valentine’s Day is hard for you.
Maybe you leaned over and kissed the one you love this morning. Or maybe you can’t stand looking at that body next to yours.
Maybe you’re berating yourself for forgetting to make a dinner reservation tonight. Or maybe you’re berating God for forgetting to provide someone to make a dinner reservation with.
The truth is that today is either really hard, really great, or somewhere in between. I know… I’m a genius. Still…
For me, Valentine’s Day is sort of like Thanksgiving.
I love everything about it.
Why, you ask?
Well, because it’s a day in which I stop for a moment and recognize the important things.
On this day, I stop and remember that were it up to me, I might have been married, twice, to the wrong guy. But God knew me better than I knew myself. He had a purpose for me that He planned before I was born. And somehow, despite my best attempts, this awesome God made a way for me to feel the pain of singleness and then use it to write a book about thriving in singleness (check it out here), and to host a daily radio show for singles (listen here), and to have a heart for singles like me.
I could have never thought this thing up.
But every year on Valentine’s Day, I stop and think about love. Not the love of a man that still hasn’t show up yet, but the even deeper love of the Father.
If you don’t know Jesus, this might sound creepy. I get it.
But if you do know Him, then it makes perfect sense to you and odds are you totally agree.
Some days – like today – being single isn’t very easy.
Yet some days – like today – being single is just perfect.
But whether you’re single or married, and no matter what your view on Valentine’s Day is, let me sum it up like this:
If you’re married today, go ahead and celebrate the gift of love God has given you. Be grateful that God knew exactly who you needed in your life (yeah, I mean that guy you’re married to!).
And if you’re single, go ahead and celebrate the gift of love God has given you. Be grateful that God knew exactly what you needed in your life right now.
And if you’re still waiting for a man/woman to show up and sweep you off your feet or if you’re still waiting for your husband/wife to make that dinner reservation for tonight, be encouraged on this Valentine’s Day with my two favorite verses on waiting from Psalm 27:13-14:
“I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!”
Happy ValenThrive’s Day everyone!
And *hugs* to all of you reading (See? Even I get sappy on V day).
And because I love singles a little bit more than I love marrieds, I put together this awesome ValenThrive’s resource for you – don’t be shy: share it with your friends and on social media!