Day 45: The Lover of My Soul (February 14)

Today is Valentines Day.  I know that any holiday can be a high or low in a person’s life depending upon circumstances and many other influences.  So today I wanted to, in a way, redeem Valentine’s Day.

I’ve never been one who focused much on this holiday, but I can definitely say that I have some very poignant memories of Valentine’s Days past.  The first memory was the year that I had a close friend spend the night, and on Valentine’s morning my mom presented us with some identical special gifts.  It was nothing extravagant, but it didn’t have to be.  My friend and I thoroughly enjoyed feeling loved and cherished by my momma that morning.  Another was when I was a teenager.  My dad, who normally didn’t do anything for me on Valentine’s Day, presented me with a carefully chosen gift.  A fabric covered red oval box with a pair of earrings.  I cherished those earrings for many years, and I still have the box.  It really moved the deepest places of my heart to receive a gift that made me feel like he knew me a little.  Our relationship was very strained during those years, and that made the gesture way more powerful.  My husband has offered me several great Valentine’s Day memories too.  Remembering the Valentine’s Days of the past reminds me of our innate need to feel loved.  To feel special and chosen.  To know we have been remembered.

A few years ago, God woke me on Valentine’s Day and told me that He wanted to celebrate me!  The King of kings wanted me to be His Valentine!!

That day was wrapped in goodness and loving kindness from start to finish.  He strategically used others to pour His love over me.  It was beautiful.  Now when Valentine’s Day is eminent, I already look forward to seeing how He will love me each new year.  It’s become something to truly celebrate.

Today, as you wake up ready to embrace a day set aside for love.  Don’t think about what you may or may not be receiving from someone as a gift, and don’t even consider what others will boast of receiving on social media.  Simply come before God and ask Him to be your Valentine.  He would never refuse a daughter or son’s request to be loved.  Then, as the day unfolds, stay aware of the blessings you receive and more importantly, the love you feel burning inside your heart.  The love of the Father.  The love that brought salvation to the world.  The love that never fails.  The love that always notices you.  Just be wrapped in Love.  While you walk out this day of love also look for ways that you can bless others.  How can you help someone to feel loved and chosen and special?  This will also bring great fulfillment.

If you start out this day focusing your heart and mind on the real Love of your life, then I bet this will be your best Valentine’s Day yet!

I release the love of the Father over you today.  I pray God would encourage your heart and mind today.  I pray you will feel special no matter what your circumstances.  If you feel the sting of rejection today, or any day for that matter, then I pray God would fill in the empty places and you would know You are always accepted.  You are unconditionally loved.  You are the apple of His eye, remember.

Pain will end, where the revelation of the Father’s love begins!  Today is your day!!

He has taken me to the banquet hall, and His banner over me is love.  Song of Solomon 2:4

Taste and see that the Lord is good!  Psalm 34:8a

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.  But the greatest of these is love.  1 Corinthians 13:13

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!  1 John 3:1a

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