Love Is Not A Three Letter Word

Somewhere today, there’s a guy buying a ring getting ready to “pop the question.”

There’s a girl down the street shopping for a dress. THE dress. The one she’ll wear on her “big day”.

Everyone wants love. But, while most of us know how to plan a dream wedding, we’re not quite as prepared for the reality of life beyond the honeymoon. 

We know that’s true because the numbers don’t lie.

Half of all marriages end in divorce.

Which means that, for every guy who buys a ring, there’s one guy taking a reluctant trip to the pawn shop.

While one girl shops for the perfect dress, another one is tearfully auctioning hers to the highest bidder online.

Meanwhile, Hollywood keeps churning out episodes of The Bachelor. The sacred bonds of marriage continue to be challenged and redefined by marketing gurus who know that love is a hot commodity.

And it doesn’t matter if hearts are breaking when you’re building an empire.

I know this isn’t your typical Valentine’s post, especially coming from me (a self-professed, googly-eyed romantic.) But lately I guess I’ve heard too much do-whatever-feels-good propaganda to stay silent.

So here’s what I have to say to anyone who’s been cheated by the “love” shysters:

You do not have to keep buying what they’re selling!

You do not have to accept disposable love.

You can have the forever-after kind.

Forget the fake Hollywood version.

A cheap imitation can never compare to true love. 

Because love is not a three letter word.

Even though many have reduced it to nothing more than a  physical act, true love is something far above that, and far more desirable.

When we commit our pursuit of love to the One who IS love, He will help us raise our standards so we can stop falling for lame substitutes and experience the real thing.

This could be the happiest Valentine’s Day ever if we stop entertaining ideas about what love is not and start embracing what love is.

Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking,
it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
 
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
 
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

P.S. If you haven’t found that kind of love yet, just remember that God wants the very best for you. And the very best is always worth the wait. Until then, consider the above list to be a preview of coming attractions.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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More Valentines Love

Valentine’s Day may be over, but I’m still feeling the love.
So, I thought I’d share some free stuff with you.Because what says love better than FREE!

God Gave Me You by Dave Barnes
Download this song for free through Feb. 17th!

Life to the Max by Max Lucado
This digital sampler includes excerpts from six Lucado books!
(Max on Life, Outlive Your Life, Fearless, It’s Not About Me, Cure for the Commmon Life, and Live Loved)

Heart Cookie
A free resource from Focus on the Family
Reviews from a Christian perspective for movies, tv, music, games, etc.
And, just for fun…
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Have a wonderful weekend – and spread the love!

How to Find True Love and Avoid a Train Wreck

I love love.

And, based on the enormous volume of music and movies and books produced on the subject, not to mention the amount of Valentine’s Day candy and cards sold every year, we all do.

But we want the real deal. Not the fake stuff.
Because the fake stuff only leads to pain.

Just ask Manti Teo.

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We want the kind of love I talk about in Love Letters, which, I guess not surprisingly, turns to be one of the all-time most popular posts I’ve written to date.
And how can you know if you’ve found the real deal?

In my case, it took me a while to realize that my husband was “The One”. So I know that it can be difficult to discern matters of the heart. But, I also believe that as we pray and ask God for guidance,  He gives us all the signs and signals we need to keep us headed on the right track.

Here are my thoughts on how to avoid a relationship train wreck.

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What are your thoughts on finding true love?

Have you found it or are you still searching?

Please share in the comments.

Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered,
it keeps no record of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
1 Corinthians 13: 4-7

Favorite Love Songs

In anticipation of Valentines Day,  I decided to have a little fun and share some of my favorite love songs. I’m linking this post over at Katherine’s for her Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop.

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I’ve always loved this classic song and don’t believe I’ve ever heard a version I didn’t like. This cover of Just the Way You Look Tonight by Michael Buble doesn’t disappoint. Beautiful!

Loving You Is Easy is a fun, upbeat little song by CCM (Contemporary Christian Music) artist, Chris August. See if you can keep yourself from smiling or tapping your toes. I dare you!

And it would just be wrong to forget the lovely ballad, My Valentine, by Jim Brickman/Martina McBride. Enjoy!

Now it’s your turn.
What’s one of your favorite love songs?
Please share in the comments!