Valentine’s Day

Hearts and roses, cards and candy. Love is in the air! A one-day honeymoon for married couples in the middle of frozen February, sweetness for lovers young and old.   Call it what you will, it certainly is another money-maker for business. $180 million in red roses and $36 million in heart-shaped boxes of chocolate candy sold each year!

So what is it all about? Of course, like many secular holidays, Valentine’s Day began during the Roman Empire as a Godless pagan celebration of sex and fertility and now arrives with a $14 billion annual price tag.

I walked through the card section at our local Wal-Mart several days ago and was awe struck by the variety of Duck Dynasty Valentine’s Day cards alone! By the way, let me just say that from an outward appearance, the women and children in the Robertson family are the only beautiful creatures who deserve to be on a Valentine card. I think I can guarantee you, however, if you look deeper than outward appearance you will find that each man, woman and child in their family (including Papa Phil) has a truly beautiful heart, given to them by their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

I believe that my Susan and I are daily enjoying an Unending Honeymoon, as I’ve named this blog, but I also believe we celebrate Valentine’s Day every day. Don’t get me wrong, yes, I’ll give roses to Sue on February 14th, with a nice meal out and several other sweet things I won’t mention but no, we don’t eat out every day nor do I give her roses daily. What I mean when I say we celebrate Valentine’s Day every day is this:

God gives us a unique and wonderful gift every day of our life together. That gift is love; a sweeter, purer, higher love poured into our hearts by our Lord. A love we share in myriad ways; through laughter or sparks, passion or prayer, whether going for a Dairy Queen or watching a good film while snuggling on the couch together. Whatever the circumstances, good or bad, sunshine or clouds we are joined as one every day, bound together along with our Lord Jesus Christ into a cord of three strands, not to be broken.

“So,” you ask, “how is it possible that every day is like a honeymoon or Valentine’s Day for you two? Don’t you ever get mad at each other, have disagreements? Aren’t you normal?” Sure we are and that’s the beauty of it all. What we’ve learned to do is to ask our Lord daily to teach us and help us to love one another. In other words we literally ask Him to share His love with us and then to help us make it our own. I mean, good night! God is love so I’m pretty certain He can teach us to love each other. “… God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” (Romans 5:5. ESV.)

Since Jesus brought us together He will surely also give us all we need to fill our union with His love and blessings. He is, after all, the Son of God, King of kings and Lord of lords, creator of time and eternity, of the earth, the universe, and everything in it. (John 1:1.) He is our “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6 ESV.) Sue and I know Him personally as Jesus, our Lord and Savior, our big brother in the family of God, our best friend.

The Bible teaches us that if you are one of His children, born spiritually into His family, you can experience His presence and love in your life every day. But the love of God is so far above the love we mortals experience and share it is beyond human understanding.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16. ESV.)

“… God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us!” (Romans 5:8. ESV.)

Because God loves us so much, He gave us all the gifts first, even when we didn’t deserve anything but judgment! All we can do in the face of love like that is to simply humble ourselves before God the Father, confess that we are unworthy sinners in His sight, and accept His free gift of eternal life as His child, paid for by the shed blood and death of His Son, Jesus Christ.

You see, I’m not talking religion or church here. That’s because eternal life is found only in the person of Jesus Christ, not in any church group or religious system.

Each day with Jesus as your Savior and Lord can be so much better than Valentine’s Day no matter what the circumstances of life you experience that day! And when this life is over His children will be taken to heaven to be with their Lord forever, free of pain and tears, suffering and sadness. “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4. ESV.)

Go ahead; experience God’s love for yourself today and for eternity. Accept His free gift of eternal life. How? Ask Him right now to forgive your sins and come into your life as your Savior and Lord. What He has promised He will do.

 

Lord bless you ‘till next time.

Carl and Sue

 

Addendum: Novels by Carl Peters, now available on Amazon Kindle, above right:

Victory – Heroes are sometimes found in the most unusual places. Victory is the short story about a boy’s daydreams and how he learned “the secret formula of how to make his dreams come true” from a most unusual friend. Victory is an animated adventure for the whole family.

The Tallest Angel – The inspirational family adventure novel based on the short story, Victory. This family story takes over where Victory ends, that is, AFTER RICHIE WAKES UP from his dream adventure! A fun story, part real life, part Disney-like animated fantasy, woven together to surely charm the kid in each of us.

Solo – A twenty-four year old Christian woman, Joy, is tempted to stray from her Lord. But through a series of unique, heaven-sent events she is befriended by Paul, an older man who steps in as the father figure she’s not had for nine years. As their father – daughter relationship develops, Paul gives Joy much-needed wholesome Christian advice about life.

Transgression – Definitely an edgy John Grisham type novel. The story of a sinful preacher and the terrible consequences his sin brings upon his church family. The amazing part of this story is how the Lord eventually brings out the silver lining from the darkest storm clouds. This story is powerful, at times overwhelming, yet gentle in it’s application of God’s truths.

About Carl Peters

Carl Peters set his hand and heart to write in the early ‘90s, producing three novels and one novella through those years. Due to discouragement and a business venture or two, he put his love for words, and his novels, on the shelf for a few years. Midway through the last decade Carl, then in his mid 60s, made the decision to again take up the electronic pen, dust off the old manuscripts, and spin the merry go round one more time, this time reaching eager readers through the marvel and openness of digital publishing. Several years ago Carl lost his sweet wife of 47 years to cancer. The road would have been hard and lonely without her, had it not been for their five children and nine grandchildren, who have both comforted him and kept him running at full speed! On January 12th, 2011 the Lord brought Carl a sweet new bride. This pair is as opposite as “night and day” (oh my, a cliche) but with the Lord between them, holding their hands, they are perfect for one another! More about this couple in their blog and also in a forthcoming novel. And life goes on.
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