In our seventh year of marriage, Bill and I almost called it quits. I would say it was one of the toughest times both of us had ever walked through.

However, as cliche at it may sound, God saved our marriage.

We know it was Him, because there was nothing left in us to do so.

Sparing you the details, this very weekend fourteen years ago, we slowly began to walk the road of healing. We attended a Five Love Languages seminar with Dr. Gary Chapman. It opened our eyes to loving each other as God intended us to. The road of healing wasn’t easy, but we took one step at a time, as we clung to the One who rescued our marriage, and have never looked back.

I purchased a small wooden plaque back then that now hangs on our bathroom wall. On it is carved the Bible verse that God used to encourage my heart during that time of healing… 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, 13:

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

Valentine’s Day can be a difficult day for many… for many different reasons. If you’re finding that is the case for you today, I pray this verse encourages you. If the love of someone in your life has failed you, or if you feel unloved for any reason at all, turn to the One who loves you completely. His love is indescribable, and is all those things listed above. His love is the greatest love of all. His love will never fail you. NEVER. May you take great comfort in that truth, especially today.

Flowers, chocolates, a fancy dinner out pale in comparison to the greatest gift we’ve been given… the love of Jesus (John 3:16). May we each rejoice in this beautiful gift today. Happy Valentine’s Day, friends!

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