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Monday, February 11, 2019

When God Is My Happy Valentine

Yet I still dare to hope
when I remember this:
The faithful love of the LORD never ends!
His mercies never cease.
Great is his faithfulness;
his mercies begin afresh each morning.
~Lamentations 3:22, 23

I’m finally writing a Valentine’s post. It took 18 years. It’s my love story, though divorced since 2001 and not even a blip on anyone’s romance radar. But Love, unconditional life-saving Love, is.

Divorce is like decapitation. It feels that gruesome and painful. Yet, the second my X walked away there was another who whispered, “Am I enough for you?”

I protect
I provide
I am Love
Wisdom’s pride

Am I enough for you?

When your earthly protector
Provider and love
Betrayed and abandoned
All things from above
My Spirit descended
On you like a dove

Am I enough for you?

When daggers tore through
Marriage vows
And pain bequeathed
Obnoxious bows
I gave you strength
Caressed your soul
To stand your ground
And make you whole

Am I enough for you?

The sun will rise for you my love
The stars the moon will light your path
My Word is true forevermore
If you were one and only soul
I would have died for you alone

Am I enough for you?

I said yes. What say ye all?

My Valentine carried my burden when it proved too heavy for me. “The journey shall be lighter now.” He smiled and offered to walk side by side as I navigated through this icy storm. “I will always be with you. I am the Maker of your sunrise.” My Valentine wrote songs for me as I read through His Word. And over and over again he asked, “Am I enough for you?”

When I didn’t feel safe, He became my Protector. 
When I dipped below poverty level He became my Provider. 
When I felt unloved He swept me off my feet and lavished me with joy so sweet. 
When rejection flooded my inner being He whispered sweet everythings: “You are mine, Daughter, a princess, created in my image. No one compares to you.” 
When shame ate me alive He became my Redeemer, Savior, and the Lover of my soul. “I will renew, revive, restore. Am I enough for you?”

For your Creator will be your husband; the LORD of Heaven’s Armies is his name!He is your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, the God of all the earth. ~Isaiah 54:5 (NLT)

To Jesus, My Valentine

You are my Love,
My everything
My eyes, my heart,
Every song I sing
You are my first Love,
The One who’s true
My cherished Valentine
No one comes close to you,
I will worship you only
I will love and adore you
For me you died
For you I’ll live
All I have
Is my heart to give


  1. I love knowing that everything I need is found in One. Everything fails me. My husband. My family. My neighbors. Everything... except Him. He is so sweet to my soul <3

  2. So true, Jessica. It's hard, for me anyhow, to love others well if I don't have His love first.

  3. Love all of this! “Am I enough” is something I have to constantly work on; making sure I’m content with christ REGARDLESS of what I have or don’t have in life.

    1. Oh so true, Paul. Trust me it's a learning process for me still.

  4. Your post reminds me of a similar question asked of me decades ago by a wise friend: "If you were paralyzed, would Jesus be enough?" I've never forgotten his question, nor how it forced me to think seriously before I gave my answer. Wonderful to hear how God has kept you through the years and proven over and over He is enough.

    1. Okay now, that would be scary for me to answer. Reading through Joni Tada's devotional book and see how amazing she is and I wonder how would I handle that. Eeeck. Thanks Julie ... for always making me think.

  5. Such an amazing post Deborah. I can relate to all this and more than anything Christ is enough!!

  6. Amen to this! I can relate! Here's to Jesus, our eternal Valentine. xoxo

  7. I love the passage from Isaiah. It comforted me as I walked through the wasteland of divorce years ago. Thanks and God bless!

    1. It's amazing how much comfort is God's Word. Thanks for sharing Nancy.

  8. What a perfect Valentine's post! Jesus in a wonderful husband and provider. Thank you for sharing.

    1. He truly is everything we look for in a husband and so much more. Thanks Michelle.

  9. Wonderful post! I can completely relate, being single. I never realized Jesus gives us His Word as a Valentine, it truly is a love letter from God :)

    1. I love that ... His Word is our Valentine, a love letter from God. Double love it.

  10. Beautiful poetry and what a strong testimony to God's amazing love! I pray for all the broken hearts and those wounded from divorce: may they experience Him as you have. Especially today. Your words continue to testify to God's existence, love, and power. Thank you for this post!

  11. Oh, those are amazing words of encouragement, Peggy. Thanks so much.

  12. Great encouragement for the caregivers. Really beautiful

  13. Absolutely beautiful! Thank you for captured these moments when Jesus becomes our greatest hope in the midst of our greatest despair. Thank you for sharing your love for Jesus!