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A Valentine from God

 
 You are
 
 Precious
 
and
 
Honored…
 
 
 I love you.
 
Isaiah 43:4 
 
 

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“Real religion … is this: 
Reach out to the homeless
And loveless in their plight…”
The Message
 

Would you like to be a part of a Valentine’s Day Conspiracy?  

For the past two years, I have proposed that we remember orphans and those who are lonely on Valentine’s Day.  This year, along with caring for those who are hurting, I suggest that we do not spend any money on Valentine’s Day, and instead use that money to make a difference in the lives of orphans, widows, and homeless people.  Just think of how much money is spent on chocolate, flowers, dinner, etc.  Instead of showing love in these ways, let’s think of other creative ways to express our love.  For example, instead of buying each other cards my husband and I have a journal where we write each other letters.  This has become a treasured keepsake.

One of my friends was slightly appalled when I told her about this Valentine’s Day Conspiracy idea.  She told me that her husband could still buy her flowers AND help orphans!  She helped me realize that this idea may be more popular with my male readers than female readers. : )  Actually, a Valentine’s Day Conspiracy would require more effort because you would have to find ways to show love without spending money.  If we start to look at Valentine’s Day in a different way, and spend our money in a different way, the good things that could happen are more than we can imagine. 

External religious worship [religion as it is expressed in outward acts] that is pure and unblemished in the sight of God the Father is this: to visit and help and care for the orphans and widows in their affliction and need, and to keep oneself unspotted and uncontaminated from the world.  James 1:27 The Amplified Bible

If you would like to contribute to the needs of precious Chinese orphans who are sick or have disabilities click here.

This idea was inspired by the Advent Conspiracy.     

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How GREAT is the love
the Father has
LAVISHED
on us.
1 John 3:1
 
 
Do you know, on an emotional level, that God passionately loves you? 
 
When we are facing difficult circumstances, it is tempting to think the difficulties indicate an absence of God’s love.  Equating circumstances with the quality or quantity of God’s love is damaging to our hearts.  God’s love remains the same, regardless of life being painful or comfortable.
  
“God has an intense love for us, and He wants our love in return.”   My friend Catrina A.
  
 
Dedicated to Cindy W. for inspiring this post. 
 

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Religion that God our Father
accepts as pure and faultless is this:
to look after orphans and widows ….
James 1:27
 
 
For the past few years, I have been hearing about an Advent Conspiracy, which is a holistic approach to Christmas.  I would like to propose a Valentine’s Day Conspiracy:  let’s turn Valentine’s Day into a day where we reach out to and comfort those who suffer from a relationship void.  This year, consider how you might love and care for:
–  single parents 
–  those who have lost a spouse or parent
–  those who live with loneliness 
 
Valentine’s Day must surely be an even lonelier time for these literal or figurative widows and orphans.  I invite you to join in this conspiracy to help them feel the passion of God’s love on this day.
 
 
Adapted from my Valentine’s Day post 2009.

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Religion that God our Father
accepts as pure and faultless is this:
to look after orphans and widows
in their distress….
James 1:27
 
For the past few years I have been hearing about an Advent Conspiracy, which is a  holistic approach to Christmas.  I would like to propose a Valentine’s Day Conspiracy:  Let’s turn Valentine’s Day into a day where we reach out to and comfort those who suffer from a relationship void.  This year, consider how you might love and care for:
those who have lost a spouse
those who have lost a parent
those who live with loneliness 

those who do not know they are loved by the Lord

 
Valentine’s Day must surely be an even lonelier time for these literal or figurative widows and orphans.  I invite you to join in this conspiracy to help them feel the warmth of God’s love on this day.  If you like, please anonymously share your Valentine stories after February 14.

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