Happy Sunday evening to you....and if you're reading later, by all means, happy this very moment to you. And happy almost Valentine's Day!
I happen to love heart day. But, I don't really care who you are, this holiday is fraught with opportunity for the blues. Whether you are the in love up to your eyeballs type, the 'what love?' type, the bye bye social media 'till it's over type, or the 'meh' type, Valentine's Day can give anyone heartburn.
It just happens to be a time when a slew of messages are hurled at you and before you know it, out of nowhere, you're in a funk.
So, let's practice some truth telling. Get ahead of the storm and focus on truths instead of traps. Try focusing here instead of on the lack - whether it's a lack of a person, the lack of performance on a person's part, or anything else we can come up with. There's really only one love that is perfect. Every other version is human and therefore flawed. Here's the truth:
- I am loved beyond anything I can even imagine.
- Luke 22:19 "And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, 'This is my body, which is GIVEN for you. Do this in remembrance of me.' "
- I am seen and known.
- Jeremiah 1:5 "...Before I formed you in the womb I knew you...."
- His love for me is the MOST dependable thing in my world.
- Psalm 139:11 "For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him."
- I don't have to be perfect to be loved.
- 2 Corinthians 12:9 "But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' "
- I am protected
- Psalm 91:14 "Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name."
- I am loved
- Isaiah 43:2 "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through water you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you."
- I am loved
- Romans 5:8 "But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
- I am loved
- Psalm 103:8 "The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love."
And that's just the beginning of telling ourselves the truth instead of falling into traps. You know what we can do with lists like these? Print them off and go a little crazy-town and start walking around your house or room and saying the statements and Scriptures over yourself. Go to war a little! Because the truth is that you are loved beyond your wildest imagination. You are known beyond your ability to know. You are safe beyond any capacity you have to protect yourself. Oh man, oh man...this can be a great week if we know the truth.
P.S. This is my 'go a little crazy-town' and start telling yourself the truth face. Can't you feel it? :)