Happy (Gal)entines Day!

That beautiful, sweet, romantic…-slightly antagonizing and dreadful reminder comes around the same time every year. Valentine’s Day. Stupid Holiday.

Actually, it’s a precious Holiday. It celebrates love! God is love (1 John 4:8), we have love from our friends, family, and (for us single ladies) an anticipation of a love yet to be discovered.

I want to challenge you. If you’re single-listen up! If you’re in a relationship (dating, engaged, or married) – listen up! This applies to all of us.

Love can be so shallowly made to only reflect romantic affairs. We can give thanks to Hollywood, pop-artists, and worldly input for that! Love started way before romance or dating was an idea. Love started at the very begging of life itself.

God created Adam and Eve. His heart was full of love. Admiration, affection, adoration…I know He felt it all. Simply read scripture. He cared for them, walked with them (Gen. 3:8), cherished every moment together, protected and treasured them. There was no romance or dating/engaged/marriage status for the Lord to post on heavenly Facebook. Still, His love was selfless, pure, faithful, and true. The most perfect love a human being can experience. (John 15:13)

We know that one craves companionship, hence the reason God made us in the first place. Yes- God almighty wanted fellowship. So bad that he was willing to create it! Poor thing must’ve been feeling lonely…

So, once Adam was created, God didn’t want him to go through the same torment. He gave Adam Eve and Eve Adam. Cute. Adorable. And now it seems that the same craving and desire to have that special someone has continued from our very first parents.

So, don’t feel bad. You are not a pathetic, helpless, desperate love-sick girl. You are feeling that nature of the essence in which God created you. No shame. Where it becomes a shame is when you think the only love that can satisfy you and make you happy is the love you receive from a romantic relationship. Don’t insult God!

I pray that each of you look at this Valentine’s Day differently from the ones of the past years. Drown yourself in the love of those around you. Have a “Gal”entines Day dinner with your girl and watch chick-flicks all night! Grab a few friends and have a fun “Pal”entines Day event! Be with your family and show your love by buying small gifts or planning a fun activity. There is love all around you, if you’ll only open your eyes and see it.

So, if you’re not single- Happy Valentine’s Day! Don’t neglect the other loves in your life this Holiday. If you are single- Happy Galentine’s Day! Celebrate love…

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

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