Last night as I prayed for "my people," God laid three ladies on my heart. One is in the midst of a painful separation. Another is a hard-working single mom. The third is operating as a single working mother while her husband is serving in the military. He finishes his one year of service in August.
Valentine's Day can be unpleasant. For every blissfully happy couple, there are three more trying to piece back together their shattered hopes and dreams.
If you have been hurt, this valentine is for you. If you have been broken beyond repair, this valentine is for you. It's for you whether you're blissfully happy, married 50 years, terribly lonely, or thriving in singleness. Whether you love this holiday or hate it, this valentine is for you. If you know Jesus, read it as a love letter. If you don't, allow me to introduce you to this amazing Man I love. I pray you'll love Him, too.
For ET, NB and JB.
You ladies have my deepest respect and affection.
I have loved you with an everlasting love. (Jeremiah 31:3)
I am your Husband. (Isaiah 54:5)
I am yours and you are Mine. (Song of Solomon 2:16)
As the bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so I rejoice over you. (Isaiah 62:5)
See—I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands. (Isaiah 49:16)
You are the apple of my eye. (Psalm 17:8)
I know the number of hairs on your head. (Matthew 10:30)
I keep your tears in a bottle. (Psalm 56:8)
Behold--what manner of love I have bestowed on you that you should be called My child! (1 John 3:1)
I chose you before the foundation of the world. (Ephesians 1:4)
I have demonstrated My love toward you by dying in your place even when you hated Me. (Romans 5:8; 1 John 4:9-11)
Because you are in Me, you are not condemned. (Romans 8:1)
You are perfect in My sight—beautiful and glorious, without spot, wrinkle, or blemish. (Ephesians 5:27)
If you are Mine and your heart condemns you, do not listen. I am greater than your heart, and I know all things. (1 John 3:20)
I want you to comprehend the width and length and depth and height of My love so you will be filled with My fullness. (Ephesians 3:18-19)
Nothing—neither death nor life, nor angels nor demons nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other thing in all of creation can separate you from My love. (Romans 8:38-39)
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you. Raging rivers cannot overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned. I am the Lord your God, your Savior. I am with you and always for you. (Isaiah 43:2-5)
I have set you as a seal upon My heart, as a seal upon My arm. My love is stronger than death. Many waters cannot quench it, nor can floods drown it. (Song of Solomon 8:6-7)
I am always near. I rejoice over you with gladness! I will quiet you with My love. You fill My heart with song! (Zephaniah 3:17)
With exquisite joy, I look to our wedding day! You will be resplendent dressed in My righteousness. Your heart will be filled with rapture! Your tears, pain, and sorrow will be but a distant memory, and we will be together forever! (Revelation 19-22)
Hold fast to Me for I am your life. (Deuteronomy 32:47)
I will never let you go. (John 10:28)
May you know how much you are treasured this Valentine’s Day and every day. (Deuteronomy 14:2)