Monday, February 14, 2011


It's Valentine's Day, I've always loved this day! My husband is very good at making it a special day for me. We spend time together, and He takes me out for a nice dinner. Sometimes we see a movie. He buys me gifts and He goes an extra special mile to let me know that he loves me.  I've always known that he loves me, but it is meaningful to me when there is that extra pump of enthusiasm, and he walks it out.
As I continue to be challenged with some other relationships I find that I just want peace, but that may never be the case.  I want everyone to love me, and I want to be able to love everyone.  But, we live in this world of conflict and sin, and not everyone is going to love me! As I walk forward in relationships, and focus on Jesus, He makes it clear that sometimes I need to quietly leave if I am not heard or loved.  Or, if I am pushed away, then I should wipe the dirt from my feet,  and leave.
But, there is my heart that hurts. It it didn't work out to be a loving relationship with tenderness, I am hurt and I am sad. So, it brings me back to Jesus to ask Him to flow truth into my life and to just lead me.  Show me where to turn when it comes to His will and His people.
I read Mark 6 this morning. In  the Message it says: "If you're not welcomed, not listened to; quietly withdraw. Don't make a scene. Shrug your shoulders and be on your way." As I look around me at the people I love and want peace with, but feel unheard, not welcomed, and not loved, I ask myself, can I do this? Can I shrug my shoulders and walk the other way? Can I just stop? How does this factor into reconciliation and loving my brothers and sisters?
Jesus has loved me without fail, He continually asks me to keep my eyes on Him.  He knows the path, He knows the future, He will work all things together for good.  So, I have to believe He will work out relationships for good too, even if I walk away. He will heal my heart and give me courage, boldness, and strength to move on.
So, it's another step for me today. I feel sad, actually. But, I'm going to give that to Jesus, and ask for His light. I'm going to move ahead on the path He has lit for me, and believe what He tells me.  I'm going to thank Him for the blessings He has given me, for they are numerous, and recognize all the love He has surrounded me with. I'm going too speak about that love, and be true to Him.
Say That Again to me, Jesus. You are love and light today, and You will keep me on Your path!

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