Happy Valentines Day!

I have encountered a lot of mixed feelings this Valentines Day, as well as the days leading up to it. The excitement of first valentines, the disappointment in the lack of. Each year this holiday meets you with a weird feeling because you never quite know how to respond to either the holiday or those surrounding you with their feelings/opinions about it. For myself personally, the romantic holidays never really phase me. Would I like to experience the potential excitement of these days, of course! But Valentine date or not I have a joy in my spirit all the same. There was something I heard years ago that has really just changed my perspective while approaching these designated days of romantic gushiness. 

Valentines Day is a whole day devoted to the celebration of love, which is a great reminder that yes, love DOES exist, and we can celebrate that regardless of the day’s itinerary or company.

I remind myself and encourage you to take confidence this day in the Lord. If we are not content in him it doesn’t matter where we try to seek consolation and definition. We were created to be in relationship, but our relationship with the Lord sets precedence for our other relationships, family, friends, and lovers alike. 

To experience HIS love for me, and take on his heart of love for others. I don’t do well at either, being loved or extending love. But I can still take on His confidence through my weaknesses and all my messes. 

I love this song. It puts encouragement and joy into my little heart. Not just for this day, but for every.

(ignore the talking @ the beginning)

Won’t you take this cup from me?
because fear has stolen all my sleep.
If tomorrow means my death
pray you’ll save their souls with it. 

In this hour of doubt I see
who I am is not just me
so give me strength to die myself
so love can live to tell the tale. 

Let the songs I sing bring joy to you.
Let the words I say confess my love.
Let the notes I choose be your favorite tune.

Father let my heart be after you

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Oh me, of such little faith….

Sometimes I’m forced to look myself square in the eyes.
Sometimes my eyes, as the ‘windows to my soul’, reveal only an empty tank. 
Sometimes I don’t have the energy to do anything about it.
Sometimes I’m afraid of my ability to self-destruct.
Sometimes I sit in my bad mood so long I start to like it.

Lord, give me your energy to ask you to do something about it.
Lord, give me your willingness to hear your voice and have faith.
Lord, give me your strength to denounce the lies.
Lord, give me your courage when my heart is faint.
Lord, give me your joy, when I have none on my own.


My friend Gregory Byerline just posted this on his blog, and I think it’s GREAT! Nashville is a great little city with a lot of local things to do, so it’s not too difficult to support the locals. I think for myself, one area of improvement is to support the locals businesses when I travel, visit friends, go home to see my parents, etc. 

3 What three independently-owned businesses would you miss if they disappeared? Think about your local dry cleaner or neighborhood coffee shop/restaurant, pet food store, bakery, music store, ice cream parlor, plumber, printer, etc. Stop in. Say hello. Pick up something that brings a smile. Your purchases are what keeps those businesses around.
50 If half the working population spent $50 each month in locally-owned businesses it would generate more than $42.6 billion in revenue. Imagine the positive impact if 3/4 of the working population did that.
For every $100 spent in locally-owned businesses, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll, and other expenditures. If you spend that in a national chain, only $43 stays here. Spend it online and nothing comes home.
The number of people it takes to start the trend is one … you.
Pick 3. Spend 50. Save your local economy.
And even if $50 is too much, just re-route the money that you usually send to the locals instead of the corporations. Every dollar helps, and WE make the difference.
for more info view their website: the350project