Thursday, February 14, 2008

"For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope."

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Yes this is historically a date for disaster. It doesn't matter if you're single, married, with someone, without someone, divorced, or whatever Valentine's Day churns up emotions in us all. It also churns up stress in us all.

The only thing I can say is I know I'm getting stronger every day. I don't know what God plans for me. I don't know and He's not telling. I just have to be patient and know that they've got to be pretty good. Otherwise, why would He have not just let me die that night in the hospital? I was close, it hurt enough that I wish He had taken me. It just didn't happen. Evidently I have a future and I need to have hope.

I realize that one of the reasons that I really hate this day is because it scares me. If you're alone society sees you as a loser. When I wasn't alone, I couldn't seem to get it right on Valentine's Day. Maybe I tried too hard. I don't know.

I've got to be fearless. I can't let things of this world strike fear into my heart. I want to be a person that people tell stories about. I want to be like Benaiah. He was crazy fearless because he knew God had his back. I want to be like that. I want people to say, "Is she crazy?" Then people will answer, "No, she's fearless. God has her back."

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

"We fall in love when our imagination projects nonexistent perfection upon another person. One day, the fantasy evaporates and with it, love dies."

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Here it comes and nobody can stop it. That greeting card inspired hell called "Valentine's Day." Funny thing about it, there seems to be no real evidence of there really being a one true St. Valentines. St. Valentine is the name of several martyred saints ancient Rome. Of the Saint Valentine whose feast is on 14 February, nothing is known except his name and that he was buried at the Via Flaminia north of Rome on 14 February. It is even uncertain whether the feast of that day celebrates only one saint or two or more saints of the same name.

In fact, the earliest lists of martyrs the name Valentine was never included. The current legends that surround St. Valentine were invented and perpetuated by Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century.

I personally think St. Valentine is the patron saint of greeting cards. He is also the patron saint of people who feel like a loser because they are single on this holiday put forth by the greeting card companies. It's a shame that people are made to feel bad because they don't have a love in their life, and all because of FAKE holiday. People feel so much pressure that they propose on Valentine's Day, get married on Valentine's Day, etc. I think it's ridiculous.

So I propose that we do something completely not Valentines related this year. Rent My Bloody Valentine. Rent Reservoir Dogs. Stay home. Don't go out and patronize these restaurants with their "Sweetheart Specials" or their other attempts to get you to go out and spend money. Sit at home, eat something out of the freezer and watch the most un-romantic movie you can find.

Put it to Hallmark, American Greetings and FTD. Boycot this ridiculous holiday that makes nobody happy. Including couples because you always end up in a fight. They didn't get what they wanted, you weren't romatic enough, whatever. Just don't do it.