Last week a friend of mine invited myself and a couple of other women over to her house to write Valentine's for some of the women in our lives. We spent the afternoon sipping tea, nibbling on cookies and writing sweet messages to our friends.
I have been trying to be more intentional in reaching out to my friends either through a text message, email or a private message on Facebook to let them know I am thinking of them. When a person simply pops into my mind, or I know they have some heavier things they are dealing with, I take the 30 seconds it requires to send a text. It can be as simple as that!
But, there is something special about receiving a piece of mail. Especially when one's mailbox is typically full of bills or advertisements. Whether you're five or fifty, mail addressed to you is always fun to open. So, this week, I sat down for a couple of hours and wrote out Valentine's cards to some of the women in my life.
Writing out these Valentine's reminded me of Valentine's Day at school with our shoe boxes or paper sacks all decorated for the occasion. They would sit out on the corner of our desks waiting to be filled by our classmates. Our teacher would slip in a piece of candy for each of the students as well, and we would end the school day with a Valentine's party.
As a kid, I honestly would probably be more interested in any of the candies that landed in my box. But now as a grown up, while I would not turn away any Valentine's chocolates, I would happily open a little note from a friend. So, that is my hope for these as I send them out. I would love for the women who receive these little cards to know that they are noticed, they are loved, they are special, and they are amazing.
I close today with a Valentine's wish for you...
I would love you to know that you are noticed, you are loved, you are special.
"This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins." 1 John 4:9-11