Five Friday Favorites: Valentine’s Edition

  1. Happy Valentine’s Day! Oh, friend, do I have a love story to share with you. On my way home from work yesterday, my mom mentioned how much she was enjoying the current Revive Our Hearts podcast series with Valerie Elliot Shepard, so I started listening, expecting to hear the story of Jim and Elisabeth’s courtship. Let me tell you: I was not emotionally prepared for Day 2 of the podcast. It’s a love story, the kind that will give you chills up and down the back of your arms, but it’s not what you think. This love story is between an unreached people group and two grieving women—a story only God could write, with a love Christ alone could give.
  1. Everywhere you look, you’re probably seeing Valentine’s Day decorations. “Advertisements for flowers and chocolate are expected,” writes Dr. Lisa LaGeorge, “but this year, I keep seeing marketing for heart-shaped everything,” items intended to be bought by someone else and given to their beloved. “And, as much as I might like to be, I am nobody’s beloved,” she says. “Maybe you can relate. Envy creeps in, whispering that something good has been withheld from you. It tempts us to be snarky, to protect ourselves from feeling the lack of affection, of flowers, of spatulas . . . it casts shadows on the gifts we have been given.” How can we battle against envy this Valentine’s Day (and every day)?
  1. “Dear friend,” writes Nancy Guthrie, “I posted on social media about the difficulty I’m facing, I couldn’t help but notice that a number of people, including you, responded by saying that you are ‘sending good thoughts.’ And I’m trying to figure out what that means. I think you mean that you wish for me the best possible outcome. . . Deep down I know that what I need most is to set my heart and mind on what is good. More specifically, I need my thoughts to be filled with the One who is good, the only person who is truly, perfectly, and perpetually good — God himself (Luke 18:19).”
  1. “When you look around and see your friends in romantic relationships, it can be tempting to view your single status as a ‘less than’ season. Feelings of worthlessness and loneliness can creep in and take you down a discouraging path of lies. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. You—single girl—don’t have to fall into a pit of despair.” In this video, Kristen Clark and Bethany Beal unpack three powerful truths to help you break down idols and fill your heart with true hope.
  1. I can’t think of a more appropriate day to ask God for greater love. What would happen if we slipped away and spent a few minutes with the Lord this weekend, praying through this post? Here’s part of Christina Fox’s prayer: “Father in Heaven. . . Your Word says that love never fails. I thank You that even though my love for You falters and even though I flounder in my love for others, Your love for me in Christ will never fail. It will endure to the end. Nothing can separate me from You. Reshape my heart this day to love You and others.” Amen!

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Katie Laitkep

Katie Laitkep is a hospital teacher, a seminary student, and a Lyme patient living in Texas, where God continuously sustains her through Scripture, dry shampoo, and Mexican food. She blogs her journey through medical treatment at www.apatientprocess.com with the hope that her words will be a picture of the Lord’s perfect faithfulness in chronic pain; for even in suffering, God is good.

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