Monday, February 14, 2011

Enchanted & Beloved

"... as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you." ~ Isaiah 62:5b

Happy Valentines!

Wish you could exchange Valentines with Christ today?  Try this. Slip out of your seat, and ease to your knees. Quiet your spirit and close your eyes. Take a couple deep breaths. Then declare to Him your love.  Appreciate His sacrifice. Marvel at His majesty. Tell Him how strong your desire is to be close to Him.  Pause in silence and let His affection wash over you. Let His presence enchant you.

Isaiah says, "Your God will rejoice over you."

Want a more tangible way to show Christ your love? Follow this link and joyfully take the opportunity to care for Him as He describes in Matthew 25:34-40.

In Appreciation of You

Here's my way of showing my love for you - sweet friends, readers, Yahweh Sisters. Leave a comment today and you'll be entered to win this girlfriend's gift pack which will include a Valentine card from moi to you.

a cute "french" journal, some candy hearts, and

Plans for Tonight

Got any special plans for today or tonight? Rick and I plan to eat at home tonight, then maybe go out for a movie (The King's Speech), or maybe just for dessert (something chocolate or key lime). Here's what I'm thinking of making us ...

Roasted Red Pepper Chicken Alfredo

cooked fettuccine
1-2 Chicken Breasts
1 Red Pepper
2 cups Heavy Cream
2/3 cups shredded Parmesan Cheese
1 tsp Garlic minced (or you can use powdered to taste)
Pinch of Sea Salt
Basil or Parsley leaves for garnish

1. While grilling the chicken, roast the red pepper on the grill. Just place it on the grill and roast until the outside is completely charred black.  Then put it in a mixing bowl and cover with plastic wrap to steam itself. Set aside 5-10 minutes.

2. Run roasted pepper under cold water until you've peeled away the charred skin.  Slice and remove seeds. Puree into a paste in a food processor or blender.

3. Start water to boil fettuccine, angel hair or spaghetti. (I use Barilla Plus or Dreamfields brand.)

4. In saute pan, over medium to med-high heat, warm the red pepper paste, heavy cream, garlic and salt. Reduce, about 6-8 minutes. Stir the shredded Parmesan in slowly.

5. Either add the noodles into the sauce, or top the noodles with the sauce. Add sliced grilled chicken breast on top.  Add an extra sprinkle of shredded Parmesan. Then garnish with a parsley or basil sprig.

6. Serve with a tossed salad and crusty bread. (I make the salad ahead and buy the bread that morning.)

7. Light candles and put on some Michael Buble singing Georgia.

If you don't have plans for tonight you could make this for your child, some neighbors, or your girlfriends. Or even put some worship music on and let Christ be your date.

Then again, if Rick were out of town, I might just order in some pizza, take a bubble bath, then climb in bed with a good novel. Either way, all is well. 

Because we are God's beloved.

cute card waiting to be addressed to you

PS. Pop over to Melissa Taylor's blog for a chance to win an autographed copy of my book It's No Secret.

96 comments:

  1. Happy Valentines Day!! Oh please enter me....the girlfriends book look quite interesting. And let's be honest here...I really want the candy hearts. :-)

    I just bought your book, It's No Secret and so excited to read it. Have a blessed day!

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  2. Isn't it awesome that God will always be the most amazing Valentine.

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  3. happy Valentine's Day and thank you for sharing

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  4. What a wonderful giveaway! Thank you so much and have a blessed Valentines Day!!

    Susan

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  5. Dear Rachel,
    Thank you for your post this morning - I was really encouraged to spend some time feeling loved by God. Also thank you for the link to Compassion - I would love to sponsor a child (what a great way to be a giver and not just a receiver of His love).
    The giveaway items are so beatiful/yummy and I'd love them to travel to another continent where I am...:)
    Lots of love everyone, today and always!!!!!!!!!!!

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  6. Hi, Rachel!! Happy Valentine's Day!

    I have turkey tenderloin in the crock pot for our family Valentine's dinner this evening!

    Love
    Sharon

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  7. Thank you for the recipe! We are planning to stay home today. Valentine's Day is my two daughters favorite holiday. I attribute it to the big deal I always make about it! I just may be roasting peppers tonight!
    Time to make heart pancakes for the kids.
    God Bless your day.

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  8. Wonderful idea of Christ being my Valentine. Have a wonderful Valentine's Day! mheard11@frontier.com

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  9. Thank you for blessing us today with reminders of Christ's love for us!

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  10. Beautiful Valentine devo today. Thank you!

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  11. What a cute giveaway!

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  12. Happy Valentine's Day, Rachel! Thank you for today's devotion! I hadn't heard about the book you're giving away today. It looks and sounds wonderful as I've really been struggling over some "girlfriend issues" as of late. Thank you for your generosity and may you have a blessed day!

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  13. Happy Valentines Day. No special plans for us tonight, hockey game with my son will be our Valentine celebration. At least we will be together and supporting the kids! Thanks for your daily encouragin words!!!

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  14. Today would be a great day to win something. I know I am a child of God, but today is not going well so far and it's not even 8 in the morning here. I'm in tears, my husband is gone for work & my kids are playing in a separate room just b/c I can't handle anything this morning. Oh Jesus, please help me to get through this moment and the next. I hope the rest of you have a nice day though.

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  15. Happy blessed Valentines Day 2 u! Love starting out my day w/ u P31 girls! U all r my Valentines!

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  16. Happy Valentine's Day! Have a great evening. Sounds perfect.:) Valentine's Day is bitter sweet this year, but that's okay. Nothing a little giveaway can't help make happier.:)

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  17. I enjoy your writing so much Rachel. You are so sweet to give such a nice gift and share your recipe. Will be trying it soon.
    Have a lovely day!

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  18. I just found your blog this morning and I can't wait to read more.

    I love the way you write and how you share the truth I so often forget.

    Thank you for blogging!

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  19. Friday night our church had our Sweetheart Banquet - what a wonderful time for my husband and me! The kids had fun, too, being watched by the teens. Plan to just enjoy the evening at home.

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  20. Shame on me for wanting the things we, as women, want more than Him. Thanks for entering me!

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  21. Nope no plans for tonight hubby and teen daughters both have to work so I'm home alone.

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  22. This is my first time reading your blog :0) Thank you for sharing! Plus I loved the recipe at the end (I love cooking for my family)! God bless you and yours today.

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  23. Happy Valentine's Day!!


    denise@lci-lineberger.com

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  24. The chicken recipe sounds yummy! Tonight I am making for hubby and little ones heart shaped mini meatloaves, mashed potatoes, vege and yeast rolls. Hopefully, small red velvet cookies will be dessert. Happy Valentine's Day!!

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  25. I don't know what is cuter...the journal or the adorable card. I'm a sucker for cute cards! That recipe also looks delightful - I'm definitely going to have to try that.

    Happy Valentine's Day!

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  26. As a divorced woman, Valentine's can be really hard but the past two years I have chosen to focus on my love for Christ and His ultimate sacrifice for me because of pure love. I am so thankful to know Jesus and am overwhelmed at the outpouring of love He displays to me. Just this morning, the sun was shining with rays streaming across the sky....absolutely beautiful and He placed it there just for me. Amazing Love, Unconditional Love....

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  27. Happy Valentine's Day! Beautiful devotional today reminding us of the ultimate love we have in Christ Jesus.

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  28. Happy Valentines to all the girls! Thanks for your continued encouragement.

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  29. The recipe sounds delish! I had already commented on Melissa's blog that I am most interested in the next online study! Can't wait to read your book ~ I am enjoying what you say here so much that I can't wait to see your insights on the printed page! Happy Valentine's Day!

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  30. Happy Valentine's Day!

    We will eat at home tonight. I will put some chicken in the crockpot to make while I'm away....because there are some sweet littles that need Nana at their house today.

    Have a great day

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  31. I am making vintage Valentines with my four kids today. We also bought all the pink LED lights after Christmas at 75% and plan to make our house shine with love before Dad gets home. Please enter me in the drawing. Tina M.

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  32. Barbara Sue MillerFebruary 14, 2011

    What a great post.Happy Valentines day!

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  33. That Roasted Red Pepper Chicken Alfredo sounds absolutely dee-lish! Gonna print this one out to try sometime.

    My husband and I normally go out alone, but this year we decided to make it more of a family celebration. So, this past Friday night we made homemade pizza and homemade chocolate cupcakes which the boys decorated with vanilla icing and red hots. It was a great family night.

    And today I am soaking in the fact there is ONE whose love for me runs deep. Deeper than I can imagine AND it is everlasting : )

    Happy Valentine's Day!
    Pam
    http://teamcason.blogspot.com

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  34. That is such a pretty card. Happy Valentine's Day!

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  35. Thank you for the reminder that God truly is our ultimate Valentine!!! Blessings!

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  36. Thank you for the lovely message on this day of LOVE...:)

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  37. Happy Valentine's day. Wonderful thoughts on your sight, and the recipe looks good too.

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  38. Thanks for the reminder that God's love is enough!! Love Boldly today and enjoy your Valentine's.

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  39. Happy Valentines Day! There is no greater love than the love of God. My daughter was sad this morning because she had no boyfriend to share Valentines with, I told her that her true Valentine is God he will always love hr and never let her down. She said mom your right and she hugged me and told me Happy Valentines Day!

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  40. So grateful for Jesus. Thank you for your faithfulness.

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  41. so grateful for Jesus!

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  42. Jesus is the most wonderful Valentine. How wonderful to know I am loved and beloved by God Happy Valentine's day

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  43. Happy Valentine's Day and thanks for sharing those uplifting words!
    May God Bless You!

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  44. Love this giveaway! I'm reminded of God's Perfect Love for us today!

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  45. Thank you, Rachel for the inspiring devotion and the recipe!! I have just finished reading "It is no Secret"; and enjoyed every page, every word!! God bless you!!
    Dori

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  46. Emily B (emleepc@yahoo.com)February 14, 2011

    That recipe sounds tasty! I'll be keeping that one in the "recipes to try out" folder!

    We're staying in tonight---I'm cooking some good old-fashioned spaghetti with meat sauce...what's better than that? Then we'll probably cozy up on the couch to watch American Pickers together before hitting the sack. Yay for cozy time with the hubby!

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  47. Happy Valentine's Day to you too. Thanks for sharing God's love through your words, prayers and generous giveaways. Love and blessings to you and yours.

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  48. God is the best Valentine! Please enter me in the contest and have a blessed day! Thank you for your encouraging words:-)

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  49. I have a date with two of my three children. My husband, their dad, died almost three years ago. Our favorite restaurant is serving chocolate covered strawberries in honor of Valentine's Day. We ALWAYS had them when we went there with Steve...tonight we go in honor of our love of him and the support and love that God has given us....

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  50. I would love to win the prize pack to share with my teenager. She is of the age where she is learning what friendship and love really is.

    dora

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  51. Love to you on this beautiful day!

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  52. I loved your devotional today, Rachel! What a blessed reminder that God is our first love. That He loves us beyond all earthly reason. No matter what, His love is always there for us.

    Thank you for the sweet thought of lifting up my love to God today. Lately I find myself bursting out with an "I love you, God!" when I am driving or walking, and then I smile almost shyly at the the revelation of what a true and honest love we can know with God.

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  53. Happy Valentine's Day
    I think we have the best valentine ever in Jesus.

    Have a blessed day

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  54. Today was my first day receiving the Proverbs 31 devotional, and I followed the link to your blog. What an awesome way to make Jesus our Valentine today.

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  55. I have never seen myself as a jar of clay....a simple vase filled with Gods love and the spirit of Christ. Thank you

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  56. Happy Valentines Day!!
    Krystal D

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  57. Happy Valentines Day! Really appreciating God's love and comfort today!

    Caroline Johnson

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  58. Happy Valentines Day! Great devotion today!

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  59. Happy Valentine's Day!
    Have a blessed day.

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  60. Happy Valentine's Day! I loved the movie "The Kings Speech"! Enjoy it! My husband and daughter have planned our evening for us. I believe we are going out somewhere... Have a wonderful day filled with lots of love!

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  61. Happy Valentines Day!!! I love your devo today, God is the best valentine anyone can have!!

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  62. I am so grateful I have an everlasting valentine in HIM!
    Kim

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  63. Thank you Rachel for a sweet Valentine devotion to remind us of our true love - Jesus!

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  64. What a wonderful Valentine's Day devotion, it really opened my eyes......thank you for sharing
    ~Kim @ sola4ever@aol.com.

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  65. Nothing in particular special for me today as there's other needs to be taken care of like taking aging parent to the clinic, and a troop of kids to come back to. But then again...it was an awesome day in the ordinary day, had some precious moments with Jesus while driving...and ended the night with reading your devo while waiting for my hubby to come home late from ministering. Still a sweet end of the day with the Lord.

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  66. Nothing particular special today for me as there's other needs to attend to like taking aging parent to the clinic and coming back to attend to a troop of kids. But had an awesome moment with Jesus while driving. Then ending my night by reading your devo while waiting for my minister hubby to return home late tonight after ministry. So it is a sweet wrap up for Valentine's. Thanks for sharing!

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  67. Thanks for the chance to win! Happy V-day & enjoy that great meal! :)

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  68. Happy Valentine's Day, Rachel! Love your post today - and would love to win the gift pack. :)

    As I posted on Melissa's blog, I recently finished reading your book - and the great study questions included! I would love to participate in the online study.

    Andrea

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  69. Happy Valentine's Day! Looks like the perfect gift set and I can't wait to make the recipe for my family!

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  70. I've already printed out your recipe. Sounds so delicious.
    Thanks for sharing.
    ~Julie

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  71. A very happy Valentine's Day!! How wonderful to bask in our Lord's unconditional love and to give Him our love.

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  72. Happy Valentines Day... please enter me.. It is a great day when we are walking hand and hand with our LORD... He is the greatest of Valentines.....blessings kathy

    klmurphy128@gmail.com

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  73. Happy Valentines Day, Rachel!!
    Loved your devotional today.

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  74. Happy Valentine's Day
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts and encouragement.

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  75. Such a sweet giveaway!
    Happy Valentine's Day :)

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  76. Andrea StanleyFebruary 14, 2011

    Happy Valentine's Day!!! I loved your idea on how to send GOD a Valentine!!! Thank you for sharing and offering this awesome giveaway!!

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  77. Happy Valentine's Day!! You reminded me of my true Valentine! Thank you Rachel.

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  78. Enjoyed you blog today. Have a blessed day.

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  79. Funny, I have the some of the same verses on my blog today.
    As a single parent, I plan to celebrate tonight with my son because as you said because, as you said, all is well with God's beloved.

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  80. camille.davis@khh.comFebruary 14, 2011

    This is the best Valentine, that God loved me soooo much he sent his Son, who loves me too!!! and he went to the cross for me and for you! That's just the "BEST" Valentine ever!!! Thank you for pointing that out to me.

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  81. Happy Valentine's Day! My hubby and I went out to eat on an "early" Valentine's day dinner on Sat evening. We have a 3 week old baby boy and it was the first time I've been away from him so it was difficult. I think it's important to keep romance alive, despite the exhaustion and excitement of a new baby so we went (despite a few tears from me) and we both ended up having a wonderful meal and conversation.

    Tonight we will be at home enjoying our 2 children and probably watching a movie.

    Amy V. in WI

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  82. Happy Valentine's day!! thank you so much for your encouraging words. Being divorced for a few years your words bought me to tears. The truth of your words run deep.

    Thank you
    Christine Mc

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  83. I got a text from a friend asking if today was over yet, as she was having a pity party for V-day. I am going to e-mail your blog to her and remind her that she's already received the best Valentine a girl could want.

    I'd love to be entered for your drawing as well. :)

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  84. Happy Valentines Day! Please enter me! Thanks :)

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  85. No matter what our relationship status, there will always be a huge God-shaped hole in our heart. That can often leave us feeling less than complete no matter whether we have a valentine or not, family or not, children or not. BUT the beautiful truth is that we will always have Him, and we can rest assured that He is more than able and willing to fill that void. Thank you Jesus and thank you Rachel for your wisdom!

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  86. Happy Valentines Day to you! Thanks for your words of inspiration. I look forward to the pick me ups. Jesus is the best valentine anyone could ever have. Thank you!

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  87. We're half down with the evening here...made chicken fetuccini alfredo and picked up some cheesecake for the kids and hubby...plan to cuddle up with honey and maybe watch a movie:)

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  88. Happy Valentines
    Day, Rachel! I never considered making Christ my valentine...

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  89. My husband had to work tonight and my two teen-agers are downstairs on the TV. Am I sad? No, my husband and I always treat our teen-agers to treats on V-day. He gives my daughter something(red roses sent to school) and I give my son something (candy sent to school) They love it and we love doing it. Happy Valentines Day Everyone~! May God truly bless you!
    Nanci
    ndragt4@gmail.com

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  90. Hi Rachel, I can't wait to read your book "It's No Secret". It's definitely on my To Read list for this year.

    My husband and I mutually agreed to not make Vday a big deal this year. He had gotten me a card from my 4 yr old son which is as precious as candies or candelight dinner for me.

    I'm loving meditating on God's love for me tonight. Actually will take some tonight tonight to read His Word. Thanks for the reminder of His great love for me. I certainly am crazy in love with Him.

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  91. As days like today approach (or any day) where I feel some disconnect from the earthly ones I dearly love, I'm so comforted in remembering that God fills that void. No matter who or what I try to fill it with on earth, it never quite satisfied until I turn to Him! What a perfect reminder of His love -- the ULTIMATE Love!! Your words are always a blessing! Thank you for sharing your talent.

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  92. As holidays and other days like today arrive when I feel disconnected from loved ones, it's great to be reminded that only God can fill that void. When others let me down, what a relief it is to know that He never will! Thank you for sharing your wisdom and letting God use you! Blessings!

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  93. I just signed up today for your blog and the daily devotional.
    Thanks for letting me enter your contest. Because of Christ, we can be Most loved on Valentine's Day and every day.

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  94. Lovely post - looking beyond the commercialism to what really matters: Christ's love.

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  95. Loved your prayer at the end of the encouragement post...His presence is amazing...His love is everlasting...thank you for sharing!

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