Live loved

Stores are gearing up for Valentine’s Day and want to sell us, love. Pink and red hearts cover cards, bears, bags, candy, and balloons. As a teenager, I remember feeling sad not to receive something splashed with red and pink hearts on this special day. 

What I didn’t realize then, however, is that love is a gift. The love. Not the pretty packages or money spent. And we receive it in so many ways. 

While my husband will buy me pretty flowers because I genuinely adore flowers, I will feel the love when I look at them. Therefore, I will celebrate the love and not the pretty packaging of the love. 

When I think of love, I like to remember the most significant source of love ever known. God gave us Jesus. In the plan and blessing of salvation, we received love. 

John 3:16 KJV

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Regardless of my relationship status or bank account, I know without a shadow of a doubt I am loved. Before God created us, He loved us. He loves us unconditionally. Nothing can separate us from Him. 

God’s love is in everything we need. Every day He protects us from harm. We are rooted and grounded in Him. Each breath is a blessing. Every heartbeat is a gift. 

The love we so desperately seek is in God. His love satisfies us. I love it when His beautiful love overflows my heart. I love it when I see His beautiful creation all around me. And when I feel the Lord amid it all. I love it when He blesses me to connect to another person and feel loved. 

Today and every day, I hope you feel loved, sweet friends. I hope you see it in every smile. I hope you feel it in every hug. I hope you give it as freely and unconditionally as God gives it to us. 

We are love. 

Throughout my life, I have learned that my most important relationship is with the Lord. When I put Him first and seek His wisdom and knowledge about everything, He helps me. When I learn to seek Him in all things, then I see His beautiful love in everything. The truth is that I don’t know how to be the mom my kids need. I don’t know how to be the wife my husband needs. I don’t know how to be a good friend. But God knows. 

So let’s celebrate love, not in how the world wants us to but in how our hearts long to feel it. Let’s forgive those who have hurt us and offer them, love. Let’s live as if we are loved and offer as much love as possible to others and ourselves. 

I love you, sweet friends! 


Photo by Jemma Pollari on Unsplash

Have a beautiful day!


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