“But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord:” ~ 1 Corinthians 7:32
God has given each of us hearts that long to love and be loved. We like the idea of having another person to share our hearts with and look to in times of trouble. Valentines Day is devoted to honoring sweethearts and spouses. But what about those of us who aren’t married? Or even those who are?
The fact is, other people are not the point. When our eyes go to other humans, we’ll be disappointed. I recently wrote in my journal, “He [God] is the one! God is the key. He endures forever.”
“I will love thee, O LORD, my strength.” ~Psalm 18:1
God’s love is a favorite topic for Christians, and His love is amazing, indescribable and unsearchable. But let’s not forget how worthy He is of our love. Our hearts are safe in His hands. He will never leave us or fail us. He should be the object of our love, now and forever.
“My Beloved is mine, and I am His:” Song of Solomon 2:16
Posted by Leah E. Good on February 14, 2012
Today is National Freedom Day! Freedom Day was first celebrated in 1942. President Truman made it an official national observance by signing a bill on June 30th, 1948.
Why February 1st? Because on February 1st, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln signed the 13th amendment to the constitution, which proclaimed, “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”
Signed two months before the end of the Civil War (see Timeline of the Civil War), the signing of this document would have been a momentous occasion for Zaid. Separated from his family before the opening of my book Forever Freed, I’m sure the 13th amendment would renew Zaid’s hope of being reunited with them.
Each year a wreath is laid at the Liberty Bell in celebration of Freedom Day. Perhaps you could celebrate by reading Deuteronomy 23:15, the 13th amendment, the emancipation proclamation, or this excerpt of Forever Freed.
Posted by Leah E. Good on February 1, 2012