We all know that Valentine’s Day is this coming Wednesday the 14th. That is the day of love and romance. That is the day when a flying cherub shoots arrows into the hearts of unsuspecting men and women causing them to fall madly in love. Yeah, right. It is the day when the love of your life goes out of his or her way to tell you how much you mean to them by buying you a Hallmark card that says it for them because they are at a loss for words. Or, it is a day just like any other day where you take out the garbage, cook supper, and do the dishes.

Life is not like the Harlequin romance novels I remember my grandmother reading when I was a child. I have never had a bare-chested man on a horseback come and save me from someone who meant to do me harm. I have never had some fight a duel to the death over me and for that, I am actually thankful. And, Joe is not the type that will write a poem waning on about my flaxen hair or that my eyes are like deep pools of serene water.

I show my love in small ways also. I make sure that his coffee is set so that it is waiting on him when he gets up in the morning. I have a coffee cup already set out and waiting for him when he walks into the kitchen. I greet him with a kiss every morning and we talk about what we have planned for the day. At night when we go to bed, I try to have his side of the bed already warmed up by turning on the electric blanket earlier in the night. These are just small, very small ways of showing my love. There is nothing earth-shattering or even romantic about these small gestures of my love. These are nothing in comparison to what the Lord did to show His love for me and you.

God sacrificed His only SON for you and me. There is no greater love than laying down your life for another. The thoughts of sacrificing one of my children for someone else is inconceivable to me, especially when that someone else is not deserving of the sacrifice.

But that is not the only way that the Lord shows us his love. He shows his love in our creation. He made you. He took the time to put thought into your hair color, the way your smile would light up a room, and the special gifts He would bestow on you. He gave each one of us our own special gift, one that you may not even be aware that you possess. He has a plan and a purpose for each one of us because He loves us.

The Lord loves us enough to shine His grace upon us and give us the hope of salvation. When He takes us to His home we will experience His love and His light will shine upon our face.

This Valentine’s Day I will be showing my love to Joe in small gestures but I am going to take the time to thank the Lord for His LARGE gestures of love for me.

Have a Blessed Day!

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  1. Tania, such a sweet & inspiring post! Yes, i agree
    It’s caring for and loving one another that’s more important than anything else. Anytime we do “things”
    to help, in any capacity, we’re showing
    real love. 💖 And, that’s what It’s all about !

  2. Teresa Spivey Reply

    Those small everyday ways we show love mean so much more than the big gestures. Joe is a lucky guy! God Bless and have a good week.

  3. Linda Bunger Reply

    I thank God every morning for all the gifts He has given me. His most precious gift of all is sacrificing His Son on the cross for my sins. What a gift of love!

  4. Tania…this’s is a beautiful post. So true and spot on. Remembering Gods love for us and focusing away from the commercialization of the day is something we should all do. Happy Valentine’s Day. God bless! Best… Kathy

  5. I love your Sunday posts. You and Joe are a great couple. Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!!

  6. Happy Sunday. My husband and I don’t fall for the Valentines “money grab” as we call it. People made to feel that love is only shown by spending money on flowers, candy, jewelry etc. Like you we believe real love is shown in the small day to day care we give each other. Those mean more than flowers that die, candy that’s eaten & jewelry that gets forgotten. I’m thankful for that. And most thankful for God’s love for us because without that we can’t love others and have hope for our future.

  7. True. Love comes in all shapes and sizes. It is sometimes romantic and sometimes messy. God is good…all the time.
    Thought you would like to know that the Cleveland Plain Dealer reviewed Hope in the Holler today. They gave it a nice write up for Young Adults.

  8. Hi Tania , what a great way to view Valentine’s Day . Thank you for reminding me that God’s ultimate sacrifice is the best gift of all . And isn’t earthly love the daily ” small ” things rather than grandiose gestures . Not that I mind getting flowers and chocolates or grand gestures lol . Happy Valentines to you and Joe 🙂 .

  9. I saw where there is flooding in your area. Praying it isn’t too close to you!

  10. Elley J Johnston Reply

    I really enjoyed this post! So true and a great read for Valentine’s Day coming up!

  11. Wonderful post! We have the greatest gift of all for our Lord!

  12. AMEN to your thoughts God is great and I agree by doing small gestures to show your love goes a,long way happy Sunday evening so love your thoughtful words and blog!

  13. Tania this is just what i need to be reminded. Right now my job has got me down and my poor sweet daughter has this awful flu. So thanks for reminding me that God has blessed me with gifts and that im truly deeply loved by him.

  14. Thank you so much Tania. Your Sunday posts are always so inspirational and beautiful. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  15. Melesa garrison Reply

    Hopefully Joe doesn’t take those kind things that you do, for granted. My Hubby doesn’t drink coffee, but he has my cup ready when I get up every morning too. Joe and I sure are blessed! I got my hair done after work Friday evening and you know how long that can last sometimes. I got home to beautiful flowers in a vase and my Sweetie was cooking dinner and bought a terrible pie, but wasn’t that the sweetest gesture? I’m very fortunate to have this guy in my life, but I’m so very thankful that we as a couple know the blessings of the Lord, just like you guys! Thank you, Lord for the sacrifice that was made for all of us! I’m like you, Tania, I cannot imagine sacrificing one of my babies for anybody, much-less, everybody! Have a great week, Pretty Lady!

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