The season of love is upon us. Valentine’s Day is a mere four days away and everywhere you look, hearts and chocolates and the color red abound. Personally, I find the holiday quite strange. If you love someone, do you really need an “official” day to show them? Do you need the calendar to mandate that you make that affection tangible in some special way for the day? Just my personal opinion. Though I always enjoy a good chocolate. 🙂
That said, Jordan has been amazing on this day for as long as I’ve known him. From grand occasions to celebrating in sweet, simple ways, he has a knack for romance. I am truly blessed and continually grateful for him. Whether its February 14th or some obscure day anytime year round, he never ceases to show me love and value as his wife. It is a gift I never knew possible and one I do not take for granted. I am most fortunate to be Jordan Leino’s soulmate.
Beyond the holiday festivities, the subject of love has been in the forefront of my mind of late. Wrapping my brain around God’s love, applying it to my life (not just knowing about it), and learning more how to live out His love in my own life. He has taught me much but heaven knows, I still have a long way to go. This past Sunday, Pastor Jimmy began a 4-week series on Love at Journey Church. His sermon focused solely on God’s love for us. It was saturated with Truth – that God is love, He pursued us before we even knew we needed pursuing, and NOTHING can separate us from His love. Nothing! He closed with a passage from Romans that has been a rock for me through the ups and downs of my life: Romans 8.38-39
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
This passage continues to amaze and challenge me. Is it even possible to wrap one’s mind around the vast expanse of this love? Regardless of my circumstances, do I remain convinced His love remains unlimited and unchanging? Blows my mind. A simple song by Kathryn Scott captures these verses so beautifully: I Belong. It has been playing in my mind all week. I find myself waking to its melody and humming its lyrics as I go about my day. It reminds me of the truth in Romans 8 – that nothing can take me from God’s great love. Click the link below to hear I Belong. This song has blessed my heart; perhaps it will do the same for you today.