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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42 thoughts on “Love + Valentine's Day

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

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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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