Valentine’s Day…cheers or jeers?

hearts

Ahh…Valentine’s Day: anticipated holiday of happy couples everywhere and dreaded day of endurance for many singles. Regardless of your relationship status this Valentine’s Day, I encourage you to soak in the love that never ends and bask in the warmth of our Savior’s embrace.

Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever. Psalm 136:26

Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to share God’s love with others and nurture yourself too. If we are to love our neighbors as ourselves, we need to be careful and not leave ourselves out of the equation. When we love ourselves well, we are reaffirming God’s love for His creation. Are you treating yourseslf well? taking care of your heart, body, mind, and soul?

14 things to do on February 14th that will fill your heart with love:

  1. Send a note of love and encouragement to someone who needs it
  2. Smile  (It will brighten your spirits and someone’s day)
  3. Do a favor for a neighbor
  4. Read Psalm 139 and ponder how God made you unique and special
  5. Savor a really good cup of coffee or tea (Let the warmth hug you from the inside)
  6. Volunteer at a soup kitchen, food bank, or homeless shelter
  7. Buy yourself flowers (if finances are tight, walk through a garden center and just enjoy the plants & flowers, marveling at God’s creativity is designing so many varieties)
  8. Anonymously pay for the person behind you in line at your local coffee shop
  9. Spend time in nature with the Creator of all good things
  10. Exercise!! Enjoy the endorphin rush J
  11. Sing (loudly and badly if possible. It’s more fun!)
  12. Ask God how much He loves you. Listen for the answer
  13. Bake and deliver cookies to a convalescent home
  14. Dark chocolate (Need I say more?)

You have filled my heart with greater joy. Psalm 4:7

my sweaty heart

my sweaty heart

When I got off the treadmill yesterday, I was surprised to see the sweat on my shirt had formed the shape of a heart. I know it’s disgusting but it makes a good point! When we treat ourselves well, inluding how we eat and exercise, we are being loving and we’ll feel better too (see #10 above.)

But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord for he has been good to me. Psalm 13:5-6

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. shemovesinherownway91
    Feb 14, 2013 @ 01:19:31

    I’ve also written a similar post about the day and why I feel it is unnecessary – http://shemovesinherownway91.wordpress.com/2013/02/14/valentines-day/

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  2. Judi
    Feb 14, 2013 @ 01:50:24

    That sweat heart says it all…love yourself then you can love others…hope you’re staying well!

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  3. Kim Fredrickson
    Feb 14, 2013 @ 02:10:12

    Hi Erin…I love this. I appreciate your sensitivity to us wherever we are on this day. Taking proactive steps for self-care is wonderful, nurturing,and hopeful!

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  4. Jenayu
    Feb 14, 2013 @ 03:14:37

    Erin-
    Thanks for sharing this!! I love your ideas for activities! Especially #’s 5, 9, 11, 12 & 14. I want to try those tmrw!!!!
    Happy Valentines Day!!

    “Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love. We love each other because he loved us first.” (1 John 4:18, 19 NLT)

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  5. Susan Baldi
    Feb 14, 2013 @ 10:47:39

    Cheers! Celebrating the love of my Savior and wonderful friends like you! ❤

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  6. YemYola
    Feb 14, 2013 @ 12:49:34

    Happy Valentine’s Day Erin,
    Its GREAT to be alive and to experience the Love of God.
    He has showered us with His Love and given us:
    Eyes to see it,
    Ears to hear it,
    A mouth to speak about it and
    A heart to receive it.
    How amazing is our GOD xxx

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  7. a_seed
    Feb 15, 2013 @ 04:00:43

    Thank you Erin! I like that 14 things one can do. I translated and shared it with my Chinese friends: http://seminary-students.blogspot.com.

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  8. colouryourdream
    Feb 28, 2013 @ 03:31:28

    I like what you wrote! Very true! And I like your shirt 🙂

    Reply

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