A Belated Valentine {To You}

Hey momma! Yeah, I'm talking to you. How are you? Sit down here and talk with me awhile.

Did you enjoy Valentine's Day? Some people are really into Valentine's Day and others aren't. It's never really been a big deal for me - I love doing things with the kids but for me, personally it's not a big deal. I don't go gaga over flowers (they're expensive and they just end up dying a few days later) and gifts but I do love candy, food, and heartfelt sentiments.

Speaking of hearts...how's yours doing? I know you've probably been busy because HELLO...you're a momma! I know that you've got kiddos to care for, entertain, school or chauffeur to their various activities. You've probably got a house to clean, a spouse to care for, chores that need done, and so many other things on your mind...but I really want to know, dear one - how is your heart? Is it heavy or burdened? Are you stressed? Not sure how you're going to make it through the day? Even though I'm not physically talking to you right now, I want you to pause for a moment and tell me what's troubling you. (Obviously, you don't have to actually speak the words out loud, just think them. Your kids might think you're batty if you talking to a screen...)

Now that you've gotten that off your heart, let me wrap you in a big, giant e-hug. ({(you)}) I know that probably sounds corny but sometimes a simple hug can make a world of difference. If my husband and I are fighting, sometimes it helps us to find perspective if we just hold hands or give each other a hug.

Now back to you: I know that each of you has your own different situation you're in, troubles you're facing or struggles you're trying to get through. I don't know what yours is but I want you to know that you can do this. You are a strong, capable woman and I believe in you. Pray to the Lord for guidance and he will direct your steps. If you're following his will, he'll never steer you wrong.

I hear you asking, "But what if I don't know what God's will is?" I've been there, sister. Continue to pray. Look at what is best for you and your family. Research your options. Write a list of pros & cons if that seems helpful. Ask trusted family/friends for advice. Pray specifically - instead of just saying, "help me, Lord with _______" talk specifics - instead say, "Help me know what to do about _______, Lord. I feel this way but want to know what is right. Please show me your will." It's enough to say you're going to follow his will, you've got to believe it.

I'm not sure why I'm being lead to write this today but I do know that I feel it being impressed upon my heart. Whatever your situation - be it financial trouble, difficulty in your home, loss of a loved one - the Lord has a plan for it all. Even it's something "insignificant" to you, know that nothing is insignificant to Him. I've often caught myself thinking that no one cares about my little day to day struggles in keeping up with chores or deciding what curriculum to use. But the truth is, He cares for us and wants to hear about every little detail of your life, big OR small.

I've been trying to be less negative this year and it is incredible how much of a difference it makes. But it can also get overwhelming sometimes - I mean, everyone has to vent occasionally and everyone gets frustrated. I'm trying to remember that even though I am working on being more positive and trying to see everything as a blessing, that doesn't mean I have to hold everything inside and never be frustrated. God knows our hearts and wants to hear everything. I challenge you to thank and praise him for his blessings but also to pour out your struggles and challenges to him, just as you would to your best friend. Write it down in a journal or notebook if that helps you. Schedule a time for it if you have to. I'm a big believer in trying whatever will work specifically for you.

Dear reader, be encouraged and take heart - I believe in you and so does our Heavenly Father. I pray that your spirit is renewed and that you'll have a wonderful rest of the week. :)


  1. My heart had been heavy until I started reading all of these valentine day posts! :) Happy belated Valentine's Day to you too!

  2. You are too sweet, friend. :)


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