It’s time for everyone to show a little love.
Valentine’s Day isn’t only for romantic love. It’s also a day to send admiration to our families and friends.
Love isn’t lust. Nor is it a fleeting emotional feeling.
The Bible says, ‘Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.’ John 15:13(KJV)
God teaches us about real love and showed His love on the cross. He made a way for 'whosoever' to overcome sin.
Human love should be about showing respect and putting the other person first. I’m a KJV Bible reader, but in my novels I use the NIV for references. I especially like 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8, from the NIV Bible.
A few Valentine’s Day facts.
Latin’s know Valentine's Day as día del amor y la amistad (day of love and friendship). Couples exchange flowers and chocolates, but the holiday's main focus is showing gratitude to friends.
In Japan, it's customary for women to give sweets to the men.
St. Valentine wasn't just one person. According to History.com, two men named Valentine inspired the holiday. One Valentine was a priest in third century Rome.
In the 1300s, Valentine’s Day officially became the holiday associated with love.
Cupid’s roots are in Greek mythology. The cute cherub that appears on Valentine's Day cards and candy boxes, often holding a bow and arrow become a common symbol for holiday patented after a 700 B.C., Greek god of love, Eros. He was said to be handsome, immortal and held the power to make people fall in love. In the 4th century Romans adopted Eros into the image of a cute little boy with a bow and arrow and called him "Cupid." By the 19th century, Cupid and Valentine’s Day intertwined.
History.com, reports the oldest Valentine card dates to 1415 when a French medieval duke named Charles, wrote a poem to his wife. One of the lines in the poem says, "I am already sick of love, my very gentle Valentine."
The tradition of Valentine's Day flowers dates to the 17th century when King Charles II of Sweden learned the "language of flowers," (associating different flowers with specific meanings). Red roses symbolize a deep love.
Enjoy your Valentine’s Day and send a smile to someone in need.
February is a good time for the novel, Sparks of Love. I hope you’ll enjoy this romantic suspense.
Misjudged and accused, Lynette Cunningham walks away from God and everything she loves.
Ten years later, a phone call from father offers hope when he announces he may have a clue to the unsolved crime that forced her to run. She’s scared, but encouraged. Maybe this will clear her name from slander in her small North Carolina hometown.
Before Lynette returns tragedy strikes. A fire destroys her childhood home and kills her father. While she sorts through the ruins and hopes to find the clue, Lynette meets the new pastor, Price Fletcher. She must face the two things that scare her most. The past and a man of God.
The past wants to stay buried. Will Lynette stay alive long enough to prove her innocence and accept the love that is offered?