This week I was able to take a day off and go Striper Bass Fishing in Lake Murray, SC, in between writing events—an awards banquet in NC and a one-day Serious Writer Tour Stop in Lexington, SC. You see, for Mother’s Day my thoughtful hubby purchased a guided fishing excursion for me on Lake Murray, knowing how much I would love it.
Jeff always knows how to make me feel special.
He was right.
It was such a fun day!
Jeff always knows how to make me feel special. Sometimes he does that through grand gestures like giving me the guided fishing excursion, but other times he lets me know how much he cares by simply leaving a note or a card.
Last year when my husband left on a five-day fishing trip with his best friend, I awoke to five different cards labeled, “Day 1, Day 2” and so on. I immediately called Jeff to inquire about the collection of cards, and he explained that he had written a card for every day he’d be gone because he knew I’d be missing him as much as he would be missing me. (Did I just hear a collective “aww”?) Seriously, that was the sweetest gesture ever! I loved each and every card. In fact, I still re-read them from time to time, as I keep them in my Bible. Why? Because they were filled with precious words, sweet memories, and heartfelt confessions from my one true love.
the Bible is full of love letters written especially for us.
When you think about it, it’s quite appropriate that I keep those cards of love inside my Bible because the Bible is full of love letters written especially for us. God has filled His Word with precious promises, words of hope, words of wisdom, and the answers to any question we’ll ever have. Verses such as: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore, I have drawn you with lovingkindness.” (Jeremiah 31:3, NASB) and “See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are!” (First John 3:1, NLT) are just like hugs from heaven.
So, here’s what I challenge you to do this week. Make time to read the Word of God every single day and meditate on God’s personal love letters to you. Let His love fill you up until it’s spilling over onto everyone you encounter.
Secondly, write letters to the loved ones in your life. They don’t have to be super long or elaborately decorated. They just have to be heartfelt. Let’s not wait for a holiday to tell our family and friends how much we love them. You never know how much a kind note of “I think you’re amazing. Thank you for being you!” will do for a person’s heart.
Pray this with me: “Father, thank You for Your Word, and thank You for loving me with an everlasting love. Help me to be an encouragement to my family through my words—both spoken and written. In the Mighty Name of Jesus. Amen.”