Let’s face it, Valentine’s Day can be really hard. I remember a few years in particular that were gut-wrenching for me. I got so annoyed with those stupid jewelry commercials. I had to leave the room when they came on. I went out of my way to avoid the Hallmark store. I remember watching The Notebook and feeling utterly lost in the heart-break of my own story. The last thing on earth I wanted to see was someone else’s romance. My happily-ever-after seemed trashed and life was very dark. But, there was a light that shined into my darkness. If you’ve faced another Valentine’s Day alone, or you are in a difficult place in your relationship, allow me to share a little light:
You, LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.
Know that God is in the business of turning darkness into light. It’s nice to know that you don’t have to do that yourself. You don’t have to make yourself shine-y. Allow God to shine on you.
Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God…my Savior…Psalm 42:11
It’s helpful to talk to yourself! The Psalmist did it all the time. Put your hope in God. There is nothing to hard for Him. When life comes crashing in around you – that’s exactly when you need a Savior!
Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for and hope for and expect the Lord! Psalm 31:24 AMP
Let your heart take courage. Wait. Hope. Expect. Some relationships end. Sometimes, it just feels like the end. But this is not the end for you! There is always a new beginning with God!
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned… Isaiah 43:2
The key word here is THROUGH. Whatever you are facing, there is an “other side.” God so sweetly beckoned my wounded heart with this verse. Just Keep Walkin’ Baby. Keep putting one foot in front of the other and you will make it THROUGH.
Lynn Marie Cherry has a heart to encourage women towards freedom and plant seeds of hope. She enjoys sharing insight from God’s word and the world around her. She has been married for almost 20 years to the same great guy, they have two amazing boys. You can read more at http://lynnmariecherry.blogspot.com/