Pull a Valentine from your box. . .

Have you ever thought what it would be like if God wrote you a Valentine? What would He say to you?

I see you thinking you are a nobody. But, you are my princess.

When it’s so dark and you can’t seem to see light. . . I’m right beside you even if you can’t see me or feel me.

I hear your cries at night. No one should have done that to you. I love you with an everlasting love. I came to set you free from that.

That hard shell isn’t fooling me. One crack and you think you’ll break apart. Let me in.

That thing. The one that makes you feel like you are choking. Yes, that one. Give it to me. Let me handle it.

I forgave you years ago. Why keep bringing it up? When you asked, I forgave. End of discussion. I love you too much to keep bringing it up.

When you feel unimportant- look at the cross. You were just that important to me.

That deep dark secret- I know it. I so want to help you. Bring it to me. Don’t hide anymore.

That addiction that you try to hide. Quit feeling guilty. Tell me about it. I came not to condemn but to set you free.

Quit thinking you can’t come to me because of your past. I’m all about forgiveness. And I’m more interested in your future. A future full of life.

When you look in the mirror and think you’re ugly. . .remember I think you are beautiful. I made you, you know.

You are more beautiful than you can imagine. I love you with an everlasting love.

When you think you are all alone and no one loves you. . . I do.

I see the sadness in your heart. I want to heal your pain.

I came to give you life. Real life. Eternal life. You don’t have to keep living like this. Come to me.

Pick a Valentine. He’s already sent it to you. Just open your heart to receive it.

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Twirling and Freedom

Lately I’ve been thinking about twirling.  Remember, for a moment, being a little girl standing out in the green grass. The warm summer sun beating down on your face. The blue sky with white powder puffs here and there beckoning. And you would throw your arms out with abandon and twirl. Just turn around and around and around. Until finally too exhausted you’d fall into a heap on the grass, giggling at the dizziness and the fun.

I missed twirling. I missed the very act of just letting go of the things that press down on us. I missed the carefree abandonment that twirling provided.

So, every once in a while I’ll twirl. Just for the fun of it. I love to twirl in the rain. Or on a day when huge snowflakes are falling from the sky. I lift my face toward the white sky and feel the flakes hit my face. I don’t twirl as fast as I used to. I do it slowly, taking in the moment. Enjoying the freedom.

The freedom of letting all your worries and stress float away. The freedom of just being in the moment.

And then there is spiritual twirling. When life presses down on us and things rise to the surface that are ugly. That we didn’t even know existed deep in the recesses of our hearts. In those moments we need to get rid of those things. We need to ask Jesus to forgive us for the ugliness. For the attitudes. For the things that hold us back. And then walk in freedom. No, not walk. . . twirl in freedom. Letting all the guilt and the shame go. And living in the moment of forgiveness.

Twirling.

We need to do it more.

Take a moment. Get up from your chair. Put your arms out. Tip your head back and spin. Enjoy the moment. Take a deep breath and get back to life.

And if the ugliness in your life has surfaced lately. . .  Take a moment. Confess it to Jesus. Ask His forgiveness. Then savor the moment. Let the guilt and the shame escape as you twirl in the freedom that only forgiveness can bring.