Would it be short and sweet or would it take up sheets and sheets?
It doesn’t’ matter if you have a Valentine or not, there is One who pursues you with His unrelenting love today. Everyday.
He doesn’t need flowers, chocolate, or gems. He already made them.
All He wants is you. Your heart. Your devotion. Your love. Your surrender. He invites you in with the whisper, “Follow Me.”
Beloved if you haven’t said yes to Jesus yet, let me share His Valentine with you:
I encourage you today or by the end of this week, to take time to reflect on your love for God. Write him a Valentine in your own hand, the old-fashioned way. Yes, with pen and paper. Simple, elaborate. It doesn’t matter as long as it’s authentic. Then offer it. As a sacrifice of praise.
Happy Valentine’s Day, Beloved.
Tyler is a gifted athlete.
He’s fast and agile.
He’s strong and aggressive.
And he’s competitive. Very competitive.
All his life he’s been able to excel using the simple formula of combining his familiarity with that sport and his natural talent. Whenever he tries a new sport, he thrives after only a few practices. Granted, techniques and skills need to be refined and improved, but that usually happens seamlessly. Easily. With little effort.
As you know, last month was a doozy for me. I fought to keep a positive attitude. Willed it is more accurate. But the truth is, I was wearier than I have been–well since I can remember. These last few weeks, I didn’t have the energy, strength, or mental capacity to write or read much of anything. I journaled, I prayed, I rested.
I needed a break. I needed to take some time to be refreshed. I needed to get my head and heart right. And I needed to catch up on my other responsibilities–you know those ones you push off to the side saying, I’ll get to that later when the dust settles a little. Yeah, those. Unfortunately, I had a month’s accumulation of “those.” But hey, who needs clean socks and underwear anyway?
But I’ve missed you and I’m thrilled to have the strength to write again! My heart is filled with joy and anticipation as I prepare the things God has laid on my heart this past month. To take the mound of notes, ideas, and jottings written on scraps of paper collecting on my desk and formulate them into something intelligible and worthy of sharing. To discover God’s Vibrant Relevance in our daily lives.
From many people I’ve talked to, January didn’t go as we planned. Every effort to stay on track, keep going, or get started seemed to throw us backward rather than propel us forward. Unforeseen challenges got in the way. Circumstances beyond our control kept us from pursuing the goals we’ve laid out and broken down.
So now what?
Rather than feeling discouraged and giving up, what options do we have?
After I finish writing Tyler’s story, I’m going to tackle this. But I would love to hear what you’ve learned and incorporate your lessons into that post. You’re welcome to comment on this post or via email if you wish to remain anonymous. I believe learning from each other makes us better and gives us more information to make wise choices and readjustments when needed.
One more thing.
Meet Chloe, the newest member of our family. You can bet she will be featured in several posts in the near future. The inspiration she offers is bountiful! Look at that mischievous face–good things she’s cute. HA!
Warrior or Wimp?
“Adversity is an obstacle in the pathway of the weak, and a stepping stone on the journey of the strong minded!” (Tim Hartung, wrestling coach—see part 2)
We choose our journey.
We choose our perspective.
Obstacle or stepping stone?
I wonder if this is what James had in mind when he penned, Dear Brothers and Sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. (1:2-4, NLT emphasis mine)
What!?! Isn’t adversity supposed to evil?
According to James, no.
I confess I’ve been struggling to choose a positive attitude lately—okay, more like all month.
But do you want to hear something interesting? Read More
In part 1, I identified where our crappy, sour, negative attitudes come from and the eternal consequences they can have. Then I stated, to have the same attitude as Christ, we need to repent of our selfishness and pride and “let the Spirit renew our thoughts and attitudes” (Ephesians 4:23).
As I was preparing for this series, one of Tyler’s wrestling coaches, Tim Hartung, sent out one of his motivational writings. As I read it, I was tickled by how his words perfectly aligned with my outline and with his permission, I get to share some of his thoughts with you. Read More