My BEST Valentine

Happy Valentine’s Day to all!  I hope you’ve celebrated this holiday with loved ones near, or far.  For me, it was fun to invite a friend I’ve known since college over for lunch.  I love cooking for someone else, and in addition to serving my Borscht (red beet soup is very Valentine-ish!), I had made a chocolate cheesecake with coconut crust and raspberry topping. 

We ate heartily and talked about everything under the sun—which, following a rainy spell, broke through the gray, bright as Heaven’s veranda.  As we visited, I realized the value of having an “old” friend who’s known me in good times and deplorable; seasons when I was most unlovable…and today, finally showing signs of improvement 🙂

People say true love “takes the bad with the good”, and doesn’t give up on the beloved.  That describes my Best Valentine:  Almighty God, The Lord Jesus, King of my heart.  Certainly His love for me has been unconditional, patient, merciful, and most gentle.  He’s not shocked by the worst in mankind, and He knew what He was in for when He chose me long ago.  I now understand that He saw my potential to grow into someone He could be proud of…not a saint, but someone I wouldn’t despise anymore.  His love is powerful, it can overcome a lot of what’s wrong in a person.  That’s why I have HOPE, why He is my Best Valentine.

People who love us will sometimes disappoint us, may even leave us stranded; but God will never leave nor forsake those who belong to Him.  If you’re searching for someone who will love you everlastingly (not Hollywood-style, but heroic in the real world) when you’re exhausted from trying to be perfect, or in an unimaginable mess, I invite you to call on Jesus.  He responds to merest whisper.  His heart is always open, and BIG enough that He can be “Valentine” to the whole world.

May you experience the abundant, miraculous blessings of His great love for you today♥  Sandal Teaberry

John 3:16-17 Amplified Bible (AMP)

16 “For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] [a]only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge and condemn the world [that is, to initiate the final judgment of the world], but that the world might be saved through Him.

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For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor principalities, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”   Romans 8:38-39 The Berean Study Bible

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“Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever” ~ Psalm 136:26 English Standard Version

Welsh Love Tradition

This special tradition gives added meaning to the term “spooning”.  In Wales, a suitor gives his sweetheart an intricately carved wooden spoon…thus, displaying his promise to always feed and provide for her, as well as his artistic talent.

~ source: en.wikipedia.org

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