30 In Faith

The Key to My Heart

February has been the month to celebrate love ever since the Middle Ages. Valentines Day has become one of the most popular holidays among lovers and florists! The common symbols of Valentineโ€™s Day include cupids, hearts, roses, candy, teddy bears, and words of adoration. Children exchange valentine cards decorated with current comic and cartoon icons. Adults have continued this tradition of card giving which makes this day, behind Christmas, the second largest card-sending holiday of the year. Cupids with bows and arrows represent Roman mythology. Cupid was the son of Venus, the goddess of love. The shot of the arrow would strike the unsuspecting desired person or god, making him fall in love.

As women, we all desire to be loved and accepted. God came, through the form of a man, Jesus, to met this need through the most intense act of love ever displayed. On this Valentines Day, as I reflect on my relationship with the One who matters most, I find myself asking the following questions:

  • “Does Jesus hold the key to my heart?”
  • “Are my affections turned towards Him and Him alone?”
  • “Do I yearn for my Beloved Bridegroom, or do I long for wordly pleasures?”
  • “I am fulfilling the Greatest Commandment, to love the Lord with all of my heart, mind, soul and strength?”
  • “Am I learning to love like Jesus loves?”

For me, this Valentines Day, it’s all about this kind of love. The kind of love that only God can give me. And when I truly love Him, and allow Him to love me in return, then and only then can I give that same kind of love away to others. Don’t get me wrong. A girl loves a nice card, dinner date, box of chocolates or spa day. But I do not want to long for these things in such a way that they take the place of the One who truly matters. He alone is the one who fills my love tank — 24/7, 365 days a year!

*The photo in this post was used with permission. It was taken by a very dear friend of mine Laura.

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    Abiding Branch
    February 14, 2010 at 7:18 am

    wow! this is great and so true! And you really had All of Me at your wedding???? I'm so jealous! but in a good way. That is such a beautiful song!
    Chel

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    Abiding Branch
    February 14, 2010 at 7:18 am

    wow! this is great and so true! And you really had All of Me at your wedding???? I'm so jealous! but in a good way. That is such a beautiful song!
    Chel

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    Abiding Branch
    February 14, 2010 at 7:18 am

    wow! this is great and so true! And you really had All of Me at your wedding???? I'm so jealous! but in a good way. That is such a beautiful song!
    Chel

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    Abiding Branch
    February 14, 2010 at 7:18 am

    wow! this is great and so true! And you really had All of Me at your wedding???? I'm so jealous! but in a good way. That is such a beautiful song!
    Chel

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    Jamie @ Six Bricks High
    February 15, 2010 at 4:57 am

    Me too! I don't want to allow other things to come before my love for Him.

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    Jamie @ Six Bricks High
    February 15, 2010 at 4:57 am

    Me too! I don't want to allow other things to come before my love for Him.

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    Jamie @ Six Bricks High
    February 15, 2010 at 4:57 am

    Me too! I don't want to allow other things to come before my love for Him.

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    Jamie @ Six Bricks High
    February 15, 2010 at 4:57 am

    Me too! I don't want to allow other things to come before my love for Him.

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    JillAileenJones
    February 15, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Barbie-

    Saw where you are now following my blog! Yeah I have 5 people now. Glad to have you on there. How did you find me? I think this is fun cause I actually get to make new friends all over the place and that I even have a common bond with Jesus and I haven't even left my home. Look forward to following you blog as well and making a new friend!
    Have a great day!
    Jill
    Pathway to Purpose

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    JillAileenJones
    February 15, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Barbie-

    Saw where you are now following my blog! Yeah I have 5 people now. Glad to have you on there. How did you find me? I think this is fun cause I actually get to make new friends all over the place and that I even have a common bond with Jesus and I haven't even left my home. Look forward to following you blog as well and making a new friend!
    Have a great day!
    Jill
    Pathway to Purpose

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    JillAileenJones
    February 15, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Barbie-

    Saw where you are now following my blog! Yeah I have 5 people now. Glad to have you on there. How did you find me? I think this is fun cause I actually get to make new friends all over the place and that I even have a common bond with Jesus and I haven't even left my home. Look forward to following you blog as well and making a new friend!
    Have a great day!
    Jill
    Pathway to Purpose

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    JillAileenJones
    February 15, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Barbie-

    Saw where you are now following my blog! Yeah I have 5 people now. Glad to have you on there. How did you find me? I think this is fun cause I actually get to make new friends all over the place and that I even have a common bond with Jesus and I haven't even left my home. Look forward to following you blog as well and making a new friend!
    Have a great day!
    Jill
    Pathway to Purpose

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    Barbie
    February 15, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    Hi Jill. I cannot remember how I happened upon your blog, but another blog I follow referenced you in their post over the weekend, I believe. I love making new friends. We can never have enough encouragement! Blessings!

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    Barbie
    February 15, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    Hi Jill. I cannot remember how I happened upon your blog, but another blog I follow referenced you in their post over the weekend, I believe. I love making new friends. We can never have enough encouragement! Blessings!

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    Barbie
    February 15, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    Hi Jill. I cannot remember how I happened upon your blog, but another blog I follow referenced you in their post over the weekend, I believe. I love making new friends. We can never have enough encouragement! Blessings!

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    Barbie
    February 15, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    Hi Jill. I cannot remember how I happened upon your blog, but another blog I follow referenced you in their post over the weekend, I believe. I love making new friends. We can never have enough encouragement! Blessings!

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    Lauren
    February 15, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    Barbie,

    Thank you so much for coming by to leave such sweet and encouraging words on my blog. I am very thankful for your prayers and it's a delight to make a new blog friend! ๐Ÿ™‚ I am sincerely looking forward to reading more of your wonderful posts … like this one!:)

    Blessings,
    Lauren

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    Lauren
    February 15, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    Barbie,

    Thank you so much for coming by to leave such sweet and encouraging words on my blog. I am very thankful for your prayers and it's a delight to make a new blog friend! ๐Ÿ™‚ I am sincerely looking forward to reading more of your wonderful posts … like this one!:)

    Blessings,
    Lauren

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    Lauren
    February 15, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    Barbie,

    Thank you so much for coming by to leave such sweet and encouraging words on my blog. I am very thankful for your prayers and it's a delight to make a new blog friend! ๐Ÿ™‚ I am sincerely looking forward to reading more of your wonderful posts … like this one!:)

    Blessings,
    Lauren

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    Lauren
    February 15, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    Barbie,

    Thank you so much for coming by to leave such sweet and encouraging words on my blog. I am very thankful for your prayers and it's a delight to make a new blog friend! ๐Ÿ™‚ I am sincerely looking forward to reading more of your wonderful posts … like this one!:)

    Blessings,
    Lauren

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    Alicia, The Snowflake
    February 15, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Great post Barbie! I ask myself these questions often. I want to follow Jesus with all of my heart. Unfortunately the distractions get in the way too much. But thank you for this great reminder. May He always have the key to my heart!

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    Alicia, The Snowflake
    February 15, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Great post Barbie! I ask myself these questions often. I want to follow Jesus with all of my heart. Unfortunately the distractions get in the way too much. But thank you for this great reminder. May He always have the key to my heart!

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    Alicia, The Snowflake
    February 15, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Great post Barbie! I ask myself these questions often. I want to follow Jesus with all of my heart. Unfortunately the distractions get in the way too much. But thank you for this great reminder. May He always have the key to my heart!

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    Alicia, The Snowflake
    February 15, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Great post Barbie! I ask myself these questions often. I want to follow Jesus with all of my heart. Unfortunately the distractions get in the way too much. But thank you for this great reminder. May He always have the key to my heart!

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    Joyeful
    February 21, 2010 at 6:07 am

    Thank you for reminding us what a celebration of love is REALLY all about!! And my heart has been asking these questions lately and I haven't been satisfied with the results. Thank you for this beautiful reminder that Jesus deserves ALL of me–ALL of my affections, ALL of my love! Yes, He is our Beloved Bridegroom (I love referring to Him as that!)

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    Joyeful
    February 21, 2010 at 6:07 am

    Thank you for reminding us what a celebration of love is REALLY all about!! And my heart has been asking these questions lately and I haven't been satisfied with the results. Thank you for this beautiful reminder that Jesus deserves ALL of me–ALL of my affections, ALL of my love! Yes, He is our Beloved Bridegroom (I love referring to Him as that!)

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    Joyeful
    February 21, 2010 at 6:07 am

    Thank you for reminding us what a celebration of love is REALLY all about!! And my heart has been asking these questions lately and I haven't been satisfied with the results. Thank you for this beautiful reminder that Jesus deserves ALL of me–ALL of my affections, ALL of my love! Yes, He is our Beloved Bridegroom (I love referring to Him as that!)

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    Joyeful
    February 21, 2010 at 6:07 am

    Thank you for reminding us what a celebration of love is REALLY all about!! And my heart has been asking these questions lately and I haven't been satisfied with the results. Thank you for this beautiful reminder that Jesus deserves ALL of me–ALL of my affections, ALL of my love! Yes, He is our Beloved Bridegroom (I love referring to Him as that!)

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    Meghan E. Weyerbacher
    February 9, 2017 at 9:49 am

    Yes He alone fills my love tank to the brim and overflowing. I used to try to put people including my spouse in the place of where Jesus should have been. I am learning and boy is it beautiful when you finally get it.

    xoxo

    Meg

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    Karen Sebastian
    February 9, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    Beautiful reminder to keep my heart pure before the Lord. Great job!

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