3 Ways I Made My Day on Valentine’s Day

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God will never leave me nor forsake me. That is the TRUTH.

God will never leave me nor forsake me. That is a TRUTH I concentrate on.  . . . And you know what?  . . . Christ knew all  about my “yucky” bits even before He gave me His unconditional love.

Valentine’s Day and even the whole week is hard for some. It can be hard whether you are in a relationship or not. For many there is rejection baggage connected to this festive day.

I know. For years I’ve had issues with this holiday. It was 14 years ago, the weekend after Valentine’s Day, when my (now former) husband told me he wanted a divorce. So for many years I’ve relived that rejection every Valentine’s Day. Now I don’t feel that pain.

I did three things.

  1.  I concentrated on telling myself the truth. I am not perfect but I am lovable. God, the Bible, and important, healthy people (in my current life) tell me so.  . . .  I have a list of Bible verses that I frequently read.  . . . I practiced believing people when they complimented me.  . .  .  I went to therapy and coaching to sort out the lies from the truth.  . . .  I also did the things mentioned in this post: 20 Ways I Handled My Breaking Heart (from divorce)
  2. I made different memories on Valentine’s Day and week. It helps that one of my nieces was born on February 14th. Each year we have an ice cream waffle breakfast and a family dinner that night. I also do special things for myself that week  . . .  craft . . . watch Oscar nominated movies . . .  and spend more time with folks who LIKE me.
  3. I made other people the focus. . . .  I sent kiddy Valentine’s cards – because they are silly people smiled when they opened them up. . . .  I did Random Acts of Kindness. . . .  I called up some folks I haven’t talked to in a while.

Read Thursday’s post 5 Ways to Make Someone’s Day.

Your Turn

  • What is your attitude regarding Valentine’s Day? Thumbs up or thumbs down?
  • If it is thumbs down, what can you do to change your perspective and thus feeling about this week and day?
  • What action step will you take today?
  • Go read this Anti-Valentine’s Party post. This could be a fun way to spend Valentine’s Day.

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  • 1. newscindy  |  . at .

    I’ve been married for over 36 years. Sometimes we make a deal out of Valentine’s Day, sometimes we don’t. But I love how you turned it around and made it about others. Great ideas!

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  • 2. hopeful50  |  . at .

    This is what I call making lemonade out of some pretty sour lemons – way to go!

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  • 3. karrileea  |  . at .

    Oh I love this! I am a lover of Valentine’s Day because for most of our marriage, we have made it about Love – not exclusively ‘romantic’ love – but in general… we include the whole family and look for others to love on through out the day/week/month… I love your 3 Things… great advice and tips!

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  • 4. Messy Mom  |  . at .

    I am so sorry to hear that that happened to you. How awful😦 I am like the first comment. Some years it’s a big thing, but I certainly don’t expect anything. If we don’t celebrate I am fine with focusing on each other the other days of the year.

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