Let me just say, Happy Valentines Day!! 🙂 Don’t you just love that picture?! That would be my gorgeous mom on the right, and her grandma. I love them both, tons.
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I know that for a lot of us, we don’t necessarily have a “Valentine” today. You do know that is ok, right? Times and seasons are real. However, each of us can have a whole lot of love in our lives. I am grateful love doesn’t start or end with romance. I mean, the flowers are incredible, the kisses, so sweet! But those things–the dances, the flowers, the chocolate–come out of a foundation of unselfish, true, love.
As I am writing, I am trying to picture each of you reading this–some of you are between work and school, or classes. Some of you want to see what on earth this whole blog thing is going to be about, some of you are in your pajamas with some really impressive bed-head! 🙂 I love it, and this post is for you.
Speaking to those of us who aren’t married for a moment (those of you who are, this will be very interesting to ponder)have you ever imagined what it is going to be like to have a spouse? I am sure there is a whole slew of different thoughts on that topic!! (And I would pay to hear them all! 🙂 ) But have you ever thought about what it will be like to give your whole heart to someone? That sounds like a very big deal to me! It also sounds a bit daunting, yet exciting. But here is the deal:
We don’t just find someone, and on our wedding day, flip a switch and be able to love.
Love starts today. Love is a deep God-given emotion and experience, but we have to learn how to show it, and use it. We refine it as we go, and in turn, it refines us. And then when we do find ourselves deciding to give our whole hearts, we will have a lifetime of love that has prepared us for that new chapter.
This is the point, where someone says…….cool thought Tayler, but how on earth does that work?!
We start with the people already in our lives. Did you know that loving your Mom, exactly as she is, or your Dad, no matter what mood you’re both in, or your brother, no matter how much he teases you, actually prepares your heart to love completely?
There was a point in my life, when I just couldn’t see how you could love someone that deeply. I honestly didn’t believe it was even possible. I now find confidence in the fact that if I can love all those in my life today, when other chapters come, I will be able to love in the ways I need to. Which brings me to a very interesting point, and the reason it is so important to love today. How is it that sometimes we shower our “Valentine” with flowers, notes, kisses, time, and every other form of affection, but we were impatient with the florist, didn’t help the person struggling with their groceries at the store, and purposely ignored a call from a friend? I know that is a bit intense, and I would hope wouldn’t be common, but I do know, love isn’t just for lovers.
I would be willing to bet, that if instead, we found ourselves stopping to listen to a friend, sending a quick note through a text, or maybe even remembering to pray for someone who is struggling, we would actually be closer to our Valentines–our hearts would be able to love more deeply. Best loves don’t just run on chocolate and flowers, or holidays, but the times we step back to listen, or just give them a hug, or laugh about the craziness of life. Those moments come when we have already been loving those around us.
Thank you so much, for all the good you do. 🙂 I am so excited to keep writing, and I know love is a funny topic sometimes, but I promise, the more you share, the more you gain, and the richer your life will be. Far richer than that chocolate you have already consumed so much of today 😉
Remember, this is your story so it will be different, and just right for you 🙂 Are you recording it though? so you can look back on the miracles and the triumphs? Click here to find a journal, so you can start writing your own story.
Photo: Mom and Great-Grandma–Reminiscing 🙂