February 10, 2010
READY8 “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” Psalm 34:8 NLT
AIM8 Chocolate…oh what a lovely thought. Sometimes we feel like we can’t live without it. Other times, well, we still want it, even though we feel we don’t deserve it. When we are feeling down, chocolate can make us feel happy again. (Really, there’s scientific proof!) God’s love for us is much like chocolate. We desire His love. We feel we don’t deserve His love. We can’t live life fully without His love. When we are feeling down, God’s love can make us feel happy again…if we allow it.
Our lives can be so busy, that enjoying a piece of chocolate is no longer a pleasure. We pop it into our mouths and devour it without even tasting it. Because it’s Valentine’s week, many of us will be receiving chocolate as a special gift. I challenge you to do something different for a change. When you eat a piece of chocolate, hold the first bite in your mouth for a moment. Let the chocolate melt across your tongue. Focus on the velvety smooth texture, the rich flavor and the way it makes you feel. Aaahhhh, God’s love. It’s rich, it’s like a velvet cloak around us, and it makes us feel oh so good inside. Take a minute to appreciate what is good in our lives.
FIRE!8 If you have special valentines to honor this week, be sure to show them your love, and not just by giving them a store card or treat. Go out of your way to make sure they truly feel loved by you. If you don’t have a special valentine to honor, remember, God always loves you…no matter what! He is your forever valentine and wants you to feel truly loved every day.
Happy Valentine’s Day!!