Have you ever received a gift for Valentine's Day that didn't quite thrill you? We took a survey in the office a while back, asking our staffers that question, and you won't believe some of the answers! Click here to read the results, and if you can top their stories, please feel free to add a comment!
While we know our loved ones have good intentions (we hope, anyway), sometimes our efforts at gift-giving fall a little flat. And if we're honest, every so often it can feel that way with gifts from our Heavenly Father, too, right? The gift of patience, tested every day by that annoying coworker, or during rush-hour traffic; the gift of a child who is frustratingly JUST LIKE YOU when you were little; or the gift of a spouse who seemed perfect while you were dating, but just seems to push all of your buttons at once sometimes. Or, the difficult gift of not having a prayer answered exactly the way we'd hoped ... sometimes we understand why at a later time, and sometimes we don't. But whether our circumstances ever make sense to us or not, we know that God's word tells us that He is our loving Father who gives good gifts. (Matt. 7:11) We can rest in the knowledge that He is working all things — ALL THINGS — for good in our lives if we love Him and are called according to His purpose. (Rom. 8:28)
We sincerely hope that on this Valentine's Day (and always), you find your cup overflowing with the love of God and others, and that you, in turn, pour that love out to someone who needs a blessing.
A thought from the Word ...
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
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