I'm not sure how I feel about this 'holiday'...
I mean, I love it stokes the fire under some people to do some fun & romantic things - & I also know that should happen all throughout the year, not just on one day. But it's fun to have a day dedicated to love, isn't it?
I also know what it's like to feel left out on Valentine's Day.
I was always that teenager in school that when they handed out flowers or candy or whatever some club was selling at school, everyone all around me were getting lockers full of symbols of affection from others.
There'd even be girls who had roses sent from actual florists to them ... at school....
At such a pivotal age, that kind of thing sets in like, "you're not good enough"
& then you move to the age of young adult where it only gets worse. If you're not getting flowers at work, or candy delivered, or you dont have a date on Valentine's Day.... wow, the struggle it can wear down on your heart.
It's funny though because I do remember, even being in school, I may have not had those deliveries given to me at school, but I always knew when I got home, I'd have a reminder of being loved on Valentine's Day. See, my dad was always so good at bringing home something for me. Usually a box of candy - big or small - didn't matter. It was always just something there to know he loved me.
It just made me think on my drive in today, if you are struggling with Valentine's Day - I want you to know you are loved. Your Heavenly Father is right there every day, especially today, to let you know you are His child... He loves you so dearly.... don't ever forget that.
I think it's so easy to feel the comparison thing especially on days like valentine's Day - but I just wanted to plant that reminder that God's love in so incomparable to anything else in your world. Nothing else could ever match up... even carnations passed out in 10th grade home room.
I know I am blessed to have love shown to me through my parents my whole life & then meeting my love & having him be so gracious & sweet on Valentine's Day himself year after year.... but I do always remember, even on those days where it feels like you're so unlovable or unloved - you're not. You are always, forever, extremely adored by someone who cares for you more than you can imagine.
Hope everyone has a great Valentine's Day - however that looks.
Dinner with someone, pizza on a couch, flowers or no flowers, or just treating yourself (which I'm all in support of)... & if you need some kisses, come on over - I have a puppy who will love to kiss your face off.