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A Reclaimed Valentine

Posted by Dianne Christner - Christian Fiction Author on February 14, 2014 at 3:00 AM


"Love is a game that two can play and both win."

Eva Gabor


How long have men surprised their lovers with gifts? Did Adam make Eve's fig-leaf loin cloth? Perhaps. But Since God is love . . . love is eternal with no beginning or ending. Cool thought, huh?


Jim has it harder than some guys on Valentine's Day. I would rather have flowers any day but Valentine's day, because I want a gift to come from the heart, not obligation. Knowing this, Jim tries to be creative. This year he did everything just right!


Hubby's a woodworker.  He makes fireplace mantels from reclaimed wood.

Here's what he made me.


Want one? Email me.



Very romantic . After all, the Song of Solomon starts out,


"Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth . . .

. . . for your love is better than wine."



Growing up on the farm, he loves the old barn beams and use them in his wood working. The wine rack is something he enjoyed making and the old barn beam reminds him of his roots. Of course,  I love the romantic symbolism.


The best part is, Jim gets me.


"Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place."

Zora Neale Turston


And knowing he's a practical man, I asked what I could do for him for Valentine's Day. I'm giving the gift of computer work.


I'll close with a Valentine's Day legend.


 In the 4th century, St. Valentine was a priest of Rome imprisoned for helping persecuted Christians. He was martyred for his own Christianity. Before his execution, he performed a miracle of healing Arterius, the blind daughter of his jailer. The jailer's household became Christians. The night before his own death, he wrote a letter to Arterius signed, your Valentine.



"A new command I give you. Love one another as I have loved you,

so  you must love one another."

Jesus Christ



You see, Valentine's Day doesn't have to be between romantic lovers.


It doesn't have to be a certain day (I got my gift early).


It's a matter of sharing the love.


How are you going to celebrate?






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4 Comments

Reply LadySaotome
11:19 AM on February 18, 2014 
We had friends from out of town come visit for the weekend. We all had a nice dinner out with the kids at the church babysitting "parent's night out" event. And then we visited with our friends and had a great time. It was perfect as I was really needing some good visiting time with a close girlfriend after the last month of stress we have had, I'm glad my Hubby invited them!
Reply Dianne Christner - Christian Fiction Author
11:24 AM on February 18, 2014 
Lady,
That sounds sooo fun! You must be all settled in your new house now? There's always so much to do that first year. Glad you had this couple so you could share and recharge!


LadySaotome says...
We had friends from out of town come visit for the weekend. We all had a nice dinner out with the kids at the church babysitting "parent's night out" event. And then we visited with our friends and had a great time. It was perfect as I was really needing some good visiting time with a close girlfriend after the last month of stress we have had, I'm glad my Hubby invited them!
Reply LadySaotome
10:57 AM on February 21, 2014 
Dianne Christner - Christian Fiction Author says...
Lady,
That sounds sooo fun! You must be all settled in your new house now? There's always so much to do that first year. Glad you had this couple so you could share and recharge!


We are getting settled. It's been hard. We found out right after moving in that the sewer line had disconnected from the house. It wasn't something that could have been discovered by a regular inspection. So we had to move out while that was repaired. And then a week later we had to move out again when it was discovered there were problems further down the same line. So we're finally settling in and regaining our trust in the plumbing. It's strengthened my dependency on God, that's for certain! Now I can focus on the fun parts of home ownership - right now I'm making curtains! :D
Reply Dianne Christner - Christian Fiction Author
12:01 PM on February 21, 2014 
Lady,
HOW AWFUL!!!!! This will be a year to remember. I'm glad you are doing something fun today.