This post is written to women. (If you are a man, you can stop reading now.) It’s Valentine’s Day, after all, so I want to share what’s on my heart today with all the women God has so graciously put in my world.
I’m writing this with the #1 woman in my life, +Heidi Mack, in mind, of course. And also, my daughters, +Sarah Mack and +Anna Mack, and I hope they have already received this message from me, but I am also sending this to every woman God has put in my life over the years….
If God gave you a candy heart today, what words would it bear?
If God gave you a Valentine’s Day card, what would it say?
If God gave you roses today, what would he jot down on the note to you?
Go ahead, imagine each of these messages to you from your Bridegroom – words just for you as his treasured beloved. Or, if it works better for you, imagine the words from your Father, the One who loves you more than any other, the King who is head over heals for his precious princess.
Just imagine his words sent to you today.
I love you more than you can imagine! I lay down my life for you.
I am yours and you are mine!
You are my partner in the work and ministry of reconciling the world back to me.
I love you and am here to daily bear your burdens. Bring them to me.
You can find rest and peace in me. Trust in me. Pour out your heart to me. I am your refuge.
My love and faithfulness for you reaches to the skies!
I am your refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
My love for you is unfailing!
(Men, if you are still reading, don’t forget that these are all examples for how we should be loving the women in our lives!)
I believe God would tell you today something such as this:
My love for you, my darling, is patient and kind. It is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged (that’s pretty amazing, isn’t it?). It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the TRUTH wins out. My love for you never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. My love for you never, that’s right never, fails.
One more thing. You are beautiful. The Creator of the Universe took his time fashioning you and he purposely created you with and for beauty. My wish for you today is for you to see yourself only as God sees you, to know you are accepted by him without cosmetics or makeovers. When he looks at you he delights in you because he created beauty in you; you are his masterpiece.
And he put those affections for you on your heart.