Love + Valentine’s Day

What really is the meaning of Valentine’s Day? Is it all about chocolate, boyfriends, girlfriends, hearts, roses, notes, the color red/pink, romantic dates/dinners, etc…?

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After Christmas, I went into a store and saw Valentine’s candy and decor all down the aisles and being advertised. Like really…. already!? Anyway, it was then when the reality sunk in deep to me. I almost teared up because I was thinking as I walked past all the heart filled chocolate boxes “This will be the worst Valentine’s Day ever…. I can’t eat any of this anymore! One of my favorite foods…. Valentine’s chocolate! I can’t have dairy or sugar. I think I’m going to die.” For me, Valentine’s Day from 2019 all the way back was ALL about the chocolates in the cute hearts. I can’t tell you how many of those boxes I would eat each year around that time and especially when they went on sale! “Would I even live without it?” went through my head non-stop. After all, didn’t I survive Christmas not having any sweets or special food?

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The more I thought about it, I realized Valentine’s Day isn’t all about chocolates. I began to wonder if God gave me these health issues to come to that realization. Did chocolate become my idol? I hated to think of it that way, but in all honesty, that is breaking the 1st of the 10 commandments. Putting chocolate before God. Even as petty as that sounds, it’s sadly true. I was dwelling on some of the secular ways of celebrating Valentine’s Day more than the true meaning and what LOVE means.

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The world has a distorted view of what “true love” is. Many are searching for true love and happiness through boy/girl friend relationships just for fun, cheating on their spouse, and watching or listening to inappropriate content which gives false illusions of true love and happiness. In the end, there isn’t just one jagged, broken line down the middle of their heart, but rather, their heart is destroyed, crumbled, and can’t be glued back together. Each guy or girl you have and then “dump” you’re giving away another piece of your heart that is meant to only be given to ONE special person in marriage for LIFE. 

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True love is unconditional. To love someone is a decision – not just feeling. Love is shown through actions from one person to another. Romans 12:9-10 “Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another.” (KJV) 1 Corinthians 13:13 “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.” (KJV)

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Also, I’m sure you’ve read the little sayings on sweet heart candies. Some of them sound pretty secular to me. I think these candies are very often used in dating and even with little kids instead of married people. 

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Now, don’t get me wrong… there is absolutely nothing wrong with a husband and wife celebrating Valentine’s Day in the form of special dates and things like that. Our family will normally give each other small gifts on Valentine’s Day. I look at Valentine’s Day as a day to show extra love to all those you do love – family + friends.

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In conclusion, what will Valentine’s Day 2020 mean to you? It took me so much to realize that Valentine’s Day isn’t all about chocolate. I need to be a living sacrifice for Christ and the first step is to sacrifice earthly pleasures like my Valentine’s Day chocolates. How will you celebrate it?

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65 thoughts on “Love + Valentine’s Day

  1. Shaheshal, Crazy ideas with crazy fun😜! February 14, 2020 — 5:00 am

    You’re goin’ good lydia!!!! AND you too and chocolate…….for me……………..is impossible to RESIST!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      1. Shaheshal, Crazy ideas with crazy fun😜! February 14, 2020 — 11:33 am

        No problem-o- lydia!!

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  2. I 100% agree with your point of view Lydia
    Thank you for sharing this wonderful post

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  3. I am also your age and do blogging. You did Awesome Job on your post! I just followed your blog💜

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    1. Thank you so much. I’ll be sure to check you out! 🙂 ❤

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  4. The Eclectic Contrarian February 14, 2020 — 7:39 am

    Most definitely the BEST post I’ve read of your’s yet!!

    Happy Valentine’s Day!! 🙂

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    1. Wow! Thanks! 🙂

      Happy Valentine’s Day to you too!

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  5. What a wonderful post. Thank you!

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  6. Have you read Allison Bontrager’s Valentine’s Day posts? If not, they are worth reading.
    Happy Valentine’s Day!

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    1. I’ve been getting emails about them, but haven’t had the chance to read them through. My sister has and she said they’re good.
      Thanks, Lilly! Same to you! ❤

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  7. What a wealth of wisdom you have to give here. It does my heart good to know there are still young people who get His truth. Blessings to you this Valentine’s and always. ❤

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  8. Happy Valentines day Lydia!!!! 🙂

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  9. Wonderful reminder, Lydia! ❤️💕 happy Valentine’s Day!

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  10. Very well written Lydia and some very worthwhile points made for sure. Generally people today have indeed lost the true meaning of love, therefore relationships don’t last, they are not built on true unconditional love anymore. Happy Valentine’s Day!😁😻

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    1. Thank you!
      Yes sir. So true.
      Happy Valentine’s Day to you as well!

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  11. I LOVE chocolate! It is soooooooo delicious! I feel bad for you, Lydia. I know it must be tough to resist!

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  12. A Christ centered post!

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  13. Happy Valentine’s day!!! Love you!♥️♥️♥️

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  14. Wonderful post, Lydia!

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  15. Once again you show maturity beyond your years, Lydia. I’m sorry that chocolate is forbidden to you now. Can you eat carob? It’s a pretty close substitute. P.S. My husband and I celebrate Valentine’s Day by babysitting our two granddaughters, ages 6 and 3, over night so their mommy and daddy (our son and his wife) could enjoy a special dinner AND sleeping in the next morning!

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    1. Awww thank you, Mrs. Ruegg!
      I’ve never heard of that before. I’ll look it up.
      Cool! ❤ ❤

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  16. Lydia, this was beautiful! You are beautiful inside and out!! God has set you apart for his service. He has kept you pure. That is awesome!! You are so mature for your age. Your thinking is so much more mature than many adults who have not gotten to the place you have of looking to see what the Lord has for you. I love your love for Jesus. I love that you want to honor him with your life and that you want to remain pure. That is wonderful! Yes, obedience can be hard sometimes, but it is worth it. Yes, it is hard to give up things you enjoy, but it pays off in the end. You are a very wise young lady, who can teach us older people much about following after Jesus with our lives.

    And, you are absolutely right about many broken hearts and lives that have been destroyed by the sinful actions of others, by unfaithful spouses, by spouses looking at inappropriate material, etc. because they have a distorted view of what “love” is for they confuse love with lust and so they kill true love relationships to go after what is false and that which will never satisfy. But, God is the healer! He can put those broken hearts and those broken lives back together and he can heal broken marriages, too, if both husband and wife are willing to work on the healing of the marriage. So, there is hope for broken hearts and broken lives if they will turn to the Lord to let him mend them.

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    1. Awwww you are just so sweet, Gma Sue. ❤ Thank you so much for your kind words. It means a lot and I won't forget it.
      I love you! ❤

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      1. You are so welcome, Lydia. Love you, too.

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      2. I didn’t know you two were related. That explains a lot. 😉 ❤

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      3. We aren’t blood related! She’s my “blog adopted grandma” ❤ 😉

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  17. I love the Valentine of Jn 3:16. Awesome!

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  18. I really appreciated your post about Valentines day and I am so sorry to hear that you are no longer able to enjoy the chocolates etc.
    I agree with you wholeheartedly about your thoughts on love and how we show it to others.
    Love is a verb very much a doing word and as we know actions speak louder than words.
    The greatest gift that we have been given is the love of a Father in Heaven who sacrificed his only begotten son Jesus Christ that we all may have eternal life ❤️.
    I am so grateful for the knowledge that I have of this most precious of gifts and pray that your life will continue to be blessed 🙏

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    1. Yes sir.
      Thank you for your comment.

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    2. As I wrote in my anniversary song (dedicated to my husband), “Love is not what you feel, it’s what you do.” 😉

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  19. Lydia, I know Valentine’s Day is past, but if you have time, look up the life of St. Valentine. You will be inspired. (And no, his story has nothing to do with chocolate. 😉 ) Like other saints (ex.: Patrick) the story of his faith has been largely forgotten in favor of lesser things – chocolate, green beer … good grief. *eye roll*

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  20. This is a nice post. Thanks for sharing. 😊

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  21. WOW, reading this I would never know that you are still a teenager. There is deep meaning in your words. Well done!!

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  22. Reblogged this on My Life in Our Father's World and commented:
    I know it’s not Valentine’s Day but this was too good not to share! This your lady has a GREAT future ahead of her!

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  23. Well written post, Lydia, of the most amazing expression of love! God’s love ❤️

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  24. You’ve got much in you girl!. ❤Keep it up. I love your emphasis on finding and knowing love in God first and celebrating Valentine with that same grace we have received by showing love to others.

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