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The Billion Dollar Day

I have always been a HUGE fan of Valentine's Day. However, these days it seems before stores can even get Christmas items of the shelves, they are already stocked with all things related to the billion dollar day, Valentine's Day. I won't get into the history of how this holiday began, but I used to teach it to my students and it's quite interesting....Google it when you are bored. I do not like what this day has turned in to. It is now just another way for companies to rake in billions on items that are marked up beyond my wildest thoughts. My son went to buy his girlfriend flowers yesterday in Columbia, and just ONE flower was $15. Expectations of what to give or what you may want to receive run rampant. Some of us hit the jackpot with the right gift, or we score the right date at the right place, and then there are others that are not so lucky. Hearts are broken and some people become depressed and sad if they are without that special someone in their lives. In my 43 years of Valentine's Days, I'll definitely venture to say I've had more misses than winners...WHY? It's simple; my expectations were too high. I wanted that night in shining armor, that meeting at the top of the Empire State building, those fantasies that just don't exist in the real world.

This Valentine's Day has been a definite winner. I heard a wonderful sermon at Pine Grove Baptist Church by Pastor Eric Boone on love and relationships. As I reflect on that sermon, I would like to share a little of what I heard. We ALL should remember what REAL love is and where it's found. Agape is love.....God like love that is patient, kind, not boastful, and rejoices in the truth. This love endures all things and never fails and is ALWAYS present if we have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior. I am so glad I have this kind of love in my heart at all times. I thank the Lord for sending me the perfect husband to raise our wonderful family and for all the blessings He bestows upon me each and every day. I also will end by sharing my gift from my sweet husband. Years ago this gift would have infuriated me as it seems the normal go to....roses, and the card could use some work. The fact of the matter is, Russell doesn't have to GIVE me any material item to show me his love, he shows me EVERY day by being a wonderful father, faithful husband, and a servant of Christ. I am so very blessed and thankful for the ability to recognize TRUE, AGAPE love! My hope is that we all can quit reaching for these fairy tale love stories; we do not live in a fantasy world, but we ALL can have the greatest love of all, and that is the love of Jesus Christ! Happy Valentine's Day!


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