Growing up, I really didn’t like Valentine’s Day. As a little child, it was fine. As I grew, things changed. I wasn’t a popular child most of the way through school. My Valentine’s Day box at school was only full because everyone had to give everyone else a card.
I spent much of my high school and early college years actively seeking Mr. Right and trying to get boys to like me in all my awkwardness. Valentine’s Day quickly became a sad day. I was putting all my hopes in my own ability to find a mate. I wasn’t trusting in God’s provision.
God did not overlook my desires. He blessed me with a fabulous husband. We’ve had our ups and really big downs over the past 12 years of marriage. I am excited to say that after working through some really tough things after the birth of baby #3, we are closer than we have ever been.
Marriage isn’t easy. It’s hard work.
I’m beginning to see Valentine’s Day in a new light. Sure, it may be a “retail holiday” that some say was invented solely to generate revenue. (I honestly don’t know – just mentioning a popular sentiment.) I am beginning to see that there is so much about this holiday that can strengthen marriages.
What better way to have a yearly marriage “tune-up” than to set aside time in February to building each other up and drawing closer?
I encourage you to check out the Month for Marriage posts. So many amazing guest bloggers contributed fantastic articles devoted to building up and healing marriages.
This year, I will again focus on marriage through February. I’m looking forward to using some of the awesome tools from Dayspring Mr. & Mrs. Collection to bless my hubby this month. I’ve had my eye on the Mr & Mrs Coffee Mugs for the past couple years!
In addition to watching Fireproof together (and doing some of the Love Dare – I know I’m not disciplined enough to commit to the whole challenge), I can’t wait to share love notes and coupons and to journal together!
Has your heart really squeezed for your spouse lately? Think back on the times when you were courting. Remember what drew you to him initially. Pray for a renewed love and attraction. Our God is GOOD and wants marriage to THRIVE. He will bless those prayers.
The best thing you can do for your children is to strengthen your marriage. <– Click to tweet this!
Will you join me this month in rediscovering that fire?
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