Happy Valentine’s Week! This is absolutely one of my favorite times of year. Partly because everything is pink hearts and sparkles. Partly because my birthday is just around the corner (yay!). Mostly because this time of year reminds me that love really is the greatest gift of all.
Whether it is the love of a friend, a family member or a significant other, there is much to be grateful for. I think sometimes the temptation, especially at Valentine’s Day, is to focus on what you don’t have. Perhaps you’re single and you want to be in a relationship. Perhaps you’re in a relationship and want to get married. Maybe you’re married and longing for children. Whatever season you are in, there is the opportunity to sit back and grow dissatisfied with your current circumstance. If you find yourself in that situation, I truly think the healthiest thing you can do is focus your attention on others.
That’s why one of my favorite things to do this time of year is make valentines. It’s a simple and fun way to let the people in your world know that they matter and that you love them.
It doesn’t hurt that it allows me to pull out my stash of pink confetti, construction paper and glitter. Really, could anything be better?
There are people in your world longing to hear that they matter. You have the power to speak truth, instill value and show love in some very simple ways (just get out your glue stick!)
If you’ve hung around this blog long enough you may have heard me talk about the heart breaking issue of human trafficking. It’s estimated that there are AT LEAST twenty seven million slaves in our world today. That’s more than any at any other time in history. In an effort to find out about what part I could play in righting this truly horrendous wrong, I came across this very simple suggestion on the A21 Campaign’s home page.
These women have experienced so much pain and yet they are survivors . Each day they are taking the steps to rebuild their lives. How awesome an opportunity to be able to write them a word of encouragement as they heal.
I want to encourage you this week to take a few minutes and let your sisters know you are standing with them. Let them know they are loved. Let them know that they are beautiful. Let them know they are not alone.
You don’t have to make your card by hand, a simple word of encouragement will do. You can find more information on how to send your message here.
Valentine’s Day is so much better when you focus on what you can give instead of what you can get.