Saturday, February 9, 2019

Valentine's Day: The Greatest Love of All

Outfit Details:
 Lipstick: Too Faced // Bag: Steve Madden

Valentine's Day has always held a special place in my heart. I think I have talked about this almost every year on my blog, but I truly love Valentine's Day so much! Since I was a little girl, I have celebrated Valentine's Day in full force beginning on February 1st. I love a good excuse to wear more red lipstick and anything pink, red or covered in hearts. For me, the day itself is not about being single or being in a relationship. It's about celebrating the special people in your life and understanding better the meaning of love. 

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps not record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always preservers." -1 Corinthians 13: 4-7

My goal of 2019 was to be kinder to myself. In order to truly love on myself, I have to better understand the way that Jesus loves us. His perfect love astounds me everyday. We live in a world where the idea of love is so manipulated. We think about love as only a feeling that may or may not come your way. We talk about love as a symbol like an arrow that hits you and causes you to be enamored with someone or something for a time being. We use love in sentences like "I LOVE Olive Garden breadsticks" because uh... we do, but we use the same word "love" to describe the way we feel about our family, friends and significant others. 

But what does love look like when it isn't just a feeling? The verse in 1 Corinthians shows us that love is an action. So even on days when I don't feel like loving or being loved- The Lord is still actively loving me. For someone who is not always proud of the choices they have made and has fallen face first in front of The Lord many times, the "keeps no record of wrongs" part of that verse brings peace to my soul. The Lord delights in truth, hope and restoration of your soul. He is not keeping track of the number of times you have had to sprint back to Him, He is delighting in the fact that you are home. Like the parable of the inheritance and the son, the father throws a party when he returns home. He doesn't pause once to record the times that he messed up. He loves him unconditionally and here's the kicker... that is how we are called to love too. It is a good thing God gives us grace. 

I guess I still don't really have all the answers here, but I hope this might help you think about my favorite month a little differently if you are struggling to find joy this season, to understand the love of The Lord or learning how to better love someone else/yourself.


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