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Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you, peoples in exchange for your life. Isaiah 43:4
Hey, you. Yes, you.
So, today is Valentine's Day.
Maybe you love this day, maybe you hate it. Either way, the calendar says it is February 14th.
I have bad memories of all of the girls with boyfriends in middle school getting flowers and candy and balloons delivered to the front office from their [ahem] loves. [eye roll]
I never got a delivery.
Really, I am not bitter.
Well, maybe just a teeny weeny bit.
Looking back over my life, I realized something a few years back.
My entire life, I have had the greatest Love of my life by my side. At all times.
He was with me when I was knitted together in my mother's womb. [Psalm 193:13]
He was with me when God inserted the DNA make-up in these cells of mine. [Psalm 119:73]
He was with me when my heart started to beat inside my mother's womb.
He was with me when my little fingers and toes began to form. [Isaiah 44:24]
He was in the hospital room with me when I was born on that unseasonably warm January day in Decatur. GA.
He was with me when I cried in my crib at night. [Psalm 116:1]
He was with me when I took my first steps.
He was with me when I fell hard on the pavement after holding a rope to the back of my sister's bike as I roller skated. [dumb] [Psalm 91:15]
He was with me when I got my first black eye and 14 stitches. [Psalm 50:15]
He was with me when I got my second black eye and 7 stitches. [SAME eye]
He was with me when I went on my first date.
He was with me when my heart was first broken by a boy. [Psalm 34:18]
He was with me when I met the cutest boy I had ever laid eyes on.
He was with me when I walked down that blue carpeted Baptist Church aisle and said "I do" to that cute boy. [1 Chronicles 17:2]
He was with me when we had our first child....a dark haired baby boy.
He was with me when I had my first panic attack on 9/11/2001.[Jeremiah 1:8]
He was with me when I had countless more after that day.
He was with me when I thought surely I was going crazy and I would be put in a straight jacket due to fear and panic. [Isaiah 41:10]
He was with me when my baby girl was born with the most beautiful head of blonde hair.
He was with me when I tucked those babies in at night and cried outside of their door imagining the day they would be grown and gone. [Psalm 56:8]
He was with me when I fought on my knees in prayer over their lives day after day when the enemy would fill their little hearts with lies about who they are. [Psalm 91:14-15]
He was with me when I finally opened my bible in 2012 and started to read His Story...the Bible. [Philippians 4:9]
He was with me when my son drove off to school by himself for the first time after he turned 16. [John 14:27]
He was with me when I melted on the floor into a heap watching his tail lights leave--without me in the car with him. [Zephaniah 3:17]
He was with me yesterday when I felt the same old familiar fear creeping into my heart....and trying its best to suffocate me. [Philippians 4:16]
I don't know your story...
But, He does.
He has never left you. [Matthew 8:20]
And, He never will.
You can run all you want...
He still won't leave.
You can get mad at him and throw ugly words of bitterness at Him...
He still won't leave.
You can deny Him again and again because of your pain and your hurts...
He still won't leave.
No one on this Earth knows you like Jesus.
No one on this Earth loves you like Jesus.
He is a Gentleman.
He won't force Himself into your heart....what kind of love would that be anyway?
He will wait for you.
He will come as soon as you call.
There is no pretending with Him.
He knows you upside down and inside out.
He knows your thoughts before they form.
He knows your words before you utter a sound.
If you are looking for true Love...
Look no more.
Jesus is His Name.
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