Great (Unmet) Expectations: Avoiding Valentine's Day Heartache
- Tuesday, February 07, 2012
He assures you in His Word that He has chosen you as His own: “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight…” (Ephesians 1:4).
He assures you in His Word that nothing will be able to separate you from His ever-pursuing love: "... neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:39).
Reading verses like that, over and over, is like re-reading portions of a love letter that resonates with our hearts. And when our emotional tank is filled – by recognizing that we are valuable, loved and pursued in the sight of an all-knowing, all-loving God – we can then go through that day knowing we are loved whether there's a man in our lives or not. Or, we can receive whatever our husband or boyfriend has to offer as the “cherry on top.” Or, if nothing is offered us, we still know we are loved and we are more able and stable to deal with whatever does – or does not – come our way.
So go boldly into Valentine’s Day this year, my friend, and celebrate it because of how loved and cherished you are in the eyes of the Living God. And if you have a husband or boyfriend who makes an attempt that isn’t quite to your expectations, thank God for him and bless him anyway. Your “True Husband” will be watching!
Cindi McMenamin is a national speaker and the author of several books, including Letting God Meet Your Emotional Needs, When God Pursues a Woman's Heart, and When Women Walk Alone (more than 100,000 copies sold). For more on her books or ministry or for free resources to strengthen your soul or marriage, see her website: www.StrengthForTheSoul.com.
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