Love, Flowers, Chocolates, and Tears

On Valentine’s Day, we love to celebrate love.

We love to celebrate with flowers.
I celebrated with flowers.
My husband of almost 25 years makes sure they’re a part of our yearly tradition. Last year I had the energy to write a truly romantic post.
We love to celebrate with special treats.
I celebrated with special treats. 
 My daughter, Gracie, baked and decorated these and successfully kept them hidden until the holiday. My husband already had purchased two heart-shaped boxes of chocolates we previously feasted on together.
We love to celebrate with loving, sentimental cards.
I celebrated with cards.
 Beka was the Mail Lady, delivering cards with great animation.
We celebrated with special drinks, toasting our family’s love and devotion with sparkling apple cider.
But this year, my heart wasn’t in it.
My heart is broken and shattered, but I smiled and kept going because that’s what Christians do.
We keep going.
We keep breathing.
We keep praying.
The Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words, when our only prayers are desperate cries for the Lord’s help.
I can’t share the details of our grief, it involves someone we love deeply, so we ask you to help bear our burden
and pray
pray
pray
pray
and then,
pray some more.
When going through cancer with my dear friend Kari, now in my own struggle with incurable thyroid cancer – I learned a valuable lesson.
You keep going on with life. 

You act as normal as possible, for the kids, for yourself, and to keep you busy so you don’t despair beyond hope. We shared the news  with the kids, we prayed together, we cried together.
And, we still celebrated Valentine’s Day.
 I was reminded of how painful holidays can be. The arrows in those cheery red hearts penetrated my heart and soul.  Some pain cannot be covered with chocolates and flowers.
Sorrow can be so  great we can hardly partake in the joys around. Yes, even when we are happily married and love our spouse. Yes, even when our homes are filled with children we love and adore. My husband, my earthly rock and fortress, even defined our sorrow as “too much to bear,”even though we both know the Lord is in control.
In the midst of sorrows like sea billows, I know it is well with our souls. I know nothing can pluck us from His hand, and nothing can separate us from His love.

This Valentine’s Day we celebrated love.

Romans 5:5 , “… because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts…”

Romans 8:39, “nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall  separate us from the love of God…”

Jude 1:21, “Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”

With tears and prayers, we celebrated by desperately depending on
the enduring
abiding
eternal
love of our Heavenly Father.

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24 Responses to Love, Flowers, Chocolates, and Tears

  1. nitalinb February 15, 2011 at 3:54 pm #

    Yes, Mindy, I can pray — not knowing the detail of your grief, but knowing your heart, and God's heart for you.

  2. nitalinb February 15, 2011 at 3:54 pm #

    Yes, Mindy, I can pray — not knowing the detail of your grief, but knowing your heart, and God's heart for you.

  3. Melissa K Norris February 15, 2011 at 4:16 pm #

    Dear Jesus,We ask that you send your angels down to minister to Mindy's heart. Wrap her in your arms Lord and let her find rest under your wings. You know her grief, Jesus, and we pray that you fill her with healing, peace, and love.In Jesus name, Amen.

  4. Melissa K Norris February 15, 2011 at 4:16 pm #

    Dear Jesus,We ask that you send your angels down to minister to Mindy's heart. Wrap her in your arms Lord and let her find rest under your wings. You know her grief, Jesus, and we pray that you fill her with healing, peace, and love.In Jesus name, Amen.

  5. beccarankin February 15, 2011 at 7:51 pm #

    I'm praying, will continue to pray. Both for you and for the need. I love your heart and how it reaches out to so many people. Love you!

  6. beccarankin February 15, 2011 at 7:51 pm #

    I'm praying, will continue to pray. Both for you and for the need. I love your heart and how it reaches out to so many people. Love you!

  7. Yorkie Sources Information February 15, 2011 at 9:54 pm #

    Lovely post. I know what you feel also. I did enjoy the photos. Take care.CherGoldenray Yorkies

  8. Yorkie Sources Information February 15, 2011 at 9:54 pm #

    Lovely post. I know what you feel also. I did enjoy the photos. Take care.CherGoldenray Yorkies

  9. Jill February 15, 2011 at 11:02 pm #

    It is a privilege to be able to pray with you and for you. Praying that you will be conscious of His everlasting arms holding you up through everything that you are facing.

  10. Jill February 15, 2011 at 11:02 pm #

    It is a privilege to be able to pray with you and for you. Praying that you will be conscious of His everlasting arms holding you up through everything that you are facing.

  11. Joyce of Joyfull Lliving February 16, 2011 at 1:33 am #

    The pictures and description of Valentine's Day was precious. Even more so as you shared through such pain. Our prayers are with you. May God be to all – all that He is – and meet the need.

  12. Joyce of Joyfull Lliving February 16, 2011 at 1:33 am #

    The pictures and description of Valentine's Day was precious. Even more so as you shared through such pain. Our prayers are with you. May God be to all – all that He is – and meet the need.

  13. Joyce of Joyfull Lliving February 16, 2011 at 1:34 am #

    The pictures and description of Valentine's Day was precious. Even more so as you shared through such pain. Our prayers are with you. May God be to all – all that He is – and meet the need.

  14. Joyce of Joyfull Lliving February 16, 2011 at 1:34 am #

    The pictures and description of Valentine's Day was precious. Even more so as you shared through such pain. Our prayers are with you. May God be to all – all that He is – and meet the need.

  15. Darlene February 16, 2011 at 6:17 am #

    Mindy,Praying for you, and wishing I could somehow lessen the impact of your pain. I picture the Psalm where Jesus is collecting all of your tears in his bottle. Each one is precious to him. I pray that he holds you tightly in his grip. With love,Darlene

  16. Darlene February 16, 2011 at 6:17 am #

    Mindy,Praying for you, and wishing I could somehow lessen the impact of your pain. I picture the Psalm where Jesus is collecting all of your tears in his bottle. Each one is precious to him. I pray that he holds you tightly in his grip. With love,Darlene

  17. The Queen of Brussels Sprouts February 16, 2011 at 1:25 pm #

    MM, I am adding your request to my morning prayer list.

  18. The Queen of Brussels Sprouts February 16, 2011 at 1:25 pm #

    MM, I am adding your request to my morning prayer list.

  19. ~ Tandis ~ February 16, 2011 at 7:11 pm #

    Praying!!!!!!!

  20. ~ Tandis ~ February 16, 2011 at 7:11 pm #

    Praying!!!!!!!

  21. Bevy February 16, 2011 at 7:37 pm #

    A day late – but prayers will go on.thoughts and love your way.

  22. Bevy February 16, 2011 at 7:37 pm #

    A day late – but prayers will go on.thoughts and love your way.

  23. Judith October 29, 2011 at 8:50 pm #

    I know what you are saying because I know these things in my life. This is long after the date you wrote this, yet I am sure that prayer is still needed.

  24. Judith October 29, 2011 at 8:50 pm #

    I know what you are saying because I know these things in my life. This is long after the date you wrote this, yet I am sure that prayer is still needed.

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