Valentine's Day has always been one of those useless holidays to me. Not because I am a prude or because I am down on love. In fact, it's quite the opposite. I think that love and devotion should be shown and expressed daily, not just one day a year. Roses and chocolates are nice, but there are many more ways to express love.
My valentine, Jason, is the most wonderful, caring man. God brought us together and has kept us together through it all! Not to say we don't have our tiffs and arguments, but we always find a compromise, even if its just to agree to disagree. I love my man. He takes care of me when I'm sick, he is a wonderful father, he helps with household chores, and he loves me like Jesus, unconditionally (not in that order). What more could a woman want?
I remember when we first got married, almost 14 years ago, I was 18, he was 20. Soooo many people discouraged us from getting married. They said we were too young, and in retrospect they were probably right about being too young. But, in a way I think it actually made our marriage stronger. We had to grow up and find our way through life together. There are many things that I would change about my twenties, but being married to Jason is not one of them.
I am so proud of Jason. He tries to live his life through God's word. He passes his love for God and for me to our children. He doesn't hold grudges or keep score. He is a mentor for so many kids at school and through coaching. He is soft when he needs to be, but stern when the time comes. He is smart, but he is openminded to new things. He is my love, my man, my husband and I love him with all my heart.
God has blessed our marriage far beyond what we deserve. I take my vows seriously and I will always strive to keep my covenant to Jason and to God true. Neither of us are perfect and good can always get better. That is why we have been doing the "The Love Dare".
It is a wonderful excercise for couples. I challenge all you married couples out there to take "The Love Dare". In fact, I am going to give away a copy of it in honor of Valentines Day. Leave me a comment and I will put your name in the drawing. I will choose the winner randomly (put your names in a hat and draw) on Saturday Feb. 14th and post the winner on the 15th.
I leave you with a few bible verses to think about on Valentines Day(and any other day).
There are three things that amaze me— no, four things that I don’t understand:
how an eagle glides through the sky, how a snake slithers on a rock, how a ship navigates the ocean, how a man loves a woman.
Song of Solomon 1:2
Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth— for your love is more delightful than wine.
Song of Solomon 2:16
My lover is mine, and I am his.
Song of Solomon 4:10
How delightful is your love, my sister, my bride! How much more pleasing is your love than wine, and the fragrance of your perfume than any spice!
Song of Solomon 8:6
Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame.
Song of Solomon 8:7
Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away. If one were to give all the wealth of his house for love, it would be utterly scorned.
(THIS IS MY FAVORITE LOVE VERSE)1 Corinthians 13:1-8a and 13
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails....And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.
However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.
And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
1 Peter 4:8
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
1 John 3:16
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.
1 John 3:18
Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.
1 John 4:8
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
1 John 4:18
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
Hoping Your Life Is Filled With Lots of Love