Saturday, February 14, 2009

L is for Love

Valentine’s Day has always been one of my favorite holidays. It’s a lot like Christmas – great decorations, crafts galore and cookies and candy to send you into the best sugar high ever! Also, you can listen to love song after love song and never run out of tunes that draw a tear. I was reading my friend Dian’s blog today and was reminded of the greatest love of all – our Heavenly Father who loves us every day of the week, not just on Valentine’s Day. He also sends us great valentines if we are looking for them and are primed to obey His call. I was also reading my friend Patti’s blog and was reminded how precious life is as she has lost a dear friend today. We are not promised tomorrow so we need to show those we love, TODAY, how much we love them.

Isaiah 54:10 (NIV)” Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed," says the LORD, who has compassion on you.

The love of my life is currently playing the sport he loves right now and gearing up for a 5 day trip of nothing but this love – golf!!! Loving my golfer has not always been easy but God reminds me that He continues to forgive and shows me grace and mercy and calls me to turn around and extend that same love towards the man he has given me!!

Psalm 136:1-3(NIV) “ Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords: His love endures forever.”

I also LOVE that God blesses us in so many ways and knows us so well. As I type I can hear the furry-love-of-my-love gently snoring as she takes a nap right behind me. Socks loves me unconditionally and will lie almost anywhere to be by my side. What did I do to deserve this love? Nothing – no matter what I do or don’t do she is by my side. Now I’m sure the homemade treats I just purchased for her help and the fact that I feed her, keep her protected from harm and allow her to visit the great outdoors certainly keeps her coming back for more. Socks’ companionship brings so much joy to my life. I love how she sleeps, how she cleans her eyes with a stroke of her paw, how she twitches when she naps, how excited she gets when we go on the same walks everyday and yet she always wags her tail as if it’s something new! She reminds me that I am so blessed to have both furry companionship and wonderful friends in my life – who I also do not deserve!!! We’re going out with some of those AWESOME friends tonight to celebrate this day of love together!! I’ll blog about that later!!!

I love you all more than you’ll ever know!!!

Psalm 28: 7 (NLT) “The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.”