I was going through some of my old valentine day cards from my husband and a phrase seemed prominent in them all; forever in my heart. Now I’m not sure if this is in most of them or if that’s a message that my husband wants to convey in the cards he chooses for me. My husband picks the best cards for all occasions. I often read them and the description of the person inside often causes me to ask if he really means that for me.
This year will be the first time since our marriage over 15 years ago that we’d be apart on Valentine’s Day. Being the great guy he is, he already bought my card and candy. While I was cleaning him up in the hospital, he stops me to say how much he appreciates all I’ve done for him, especially those things he couldn’t do himself. Very seriously and in a rare tone, he said he loves me. I tell him, no problem, it’s all my pleasure. Then as I read those cards later, I knew what he meant; I’m forever in his heart.
One thing I’ve learned in life is the best place to be is in the heart of a good person; for a woman, a good man. It goes beyond the candy and remembering the man made holidays. Being in the heart of a good man causes them to go beyond the norm to provide and protect you. Their never ending joy is to see you happy. I think how he went to work in pain and endured the pressures of life to make a better life for his family.
How did I get in his heart; by being myself, and being in God’s favor. He chose me and I had to accept that choice. Women can’t chose the man and make him want them. My husband tells me that when the hen chases a rooster on the farm, she ends up in the pot; but that’s another story altogether. Everyone is not suited for everybody, it must be compatibility. In turn, I recognized his goodness and wanting to do those things that pleased me, so I did what I thought pleased him before he asked. I had to mend some of my ways; see I was divorced for 17 years before we married and I had picked up some habits. I listened and was attentive to his ways and moods; I did those things that protected and helped him and the family name.
Oddly enough, this is a mirror image of my relationship with God. He chose me and loves me beyond measure and goes to every end to prove His love. He died on the cross to show I was forever in his heart. I read His Word to learn what pleases Him then I do those things. I show my appreciation by saying thank you and I love you. He shows is love by allowing the sun, moon, stars and rainbow to brighten my world. When God wants to whisper to me He speaks through His Spirit that’s inside my soul; it quickens me.
So even though I won’t be celebrating the traditional valentine’s day with my husband, his love has made and everlasting impression on my life and heart. You see, he died 3 days later. The card he gave said that he found it an honor to love me. I find it an honor to have a man of his caliber to love me. More important, we have a God that has us in his heart and joined us together forever.
Have you found your place in the heart of God? Make a note to daily show your appreciation and gratitude to your loved ones every day. But in all those you love and adore on this Valentine ’s Day, and beyond, remember to keep them and God forever in your heart.