Taylored Thoughts on Love

Taylored Thoughts on Love

This is Taylored Thoughts on Love and Valentines Day. It’s Today!
Valentine’s Day is my favorite Holiday. I honestly can’t recall anyone else who told me it’s their favorite too. For me it started when I was 5 years old, my Mom dressed me in Red heart socks and a red outfit. Red was already my favorite color, but this day pink was added to my list. Who could resist a day of hearts, chocolate, cupid’s arrows plastered all over our dining room and flowers? Of course, I would have to wait to get flowers and for cupid’s arrow to strike my future hubby. But Valentine’s Day made my future seem bright!
In our home my mom was strict southern Baptist and my dad was raised in a Mormon home so it was You need a man, and you can’t have one! So I course, I wanted One!
My senior year I met a boy that sat in front of me in class. He drove a jeep, he hunted, fished and went to church. He seemed to fit the bill for a husband.
My parents would not allow me to get married until I turned 18 (sounds reasonable, right? ). I turned 18 on a Tuesday and was married on Saturday. I was enthusiastic to start my life and family. But unfortunately, love wasn’t the forethought of this union and after 3 ½ short years it ended. My hopeless romantic self said Try again! I believed that Love is not the enemy. Love didn’t let you down, a person did. God hates divorce, and I asked for forgiveness. I never slept around, but I married around.
Let’s just say I love to be in Love, and this pattern repeated itself. (more forgiveness) I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I’m sorry.
I feel like I thrive in the company of another, laughing, sharing my views, quirks and all, taking care of someone and I would LOVE them like no other. You can love and love again, and each person “love you like NO other”. We fall in love time and time again. I once read that Love is like a well, you might drink from it often but only fall in once. Personally, I have fallen in, swam, drown and climbed out on more than one occasion. If anyone needs advice or stats in my family, 2 out of three, 3 out of 4 they will say go ‘Ask Taylor’.

Oh how I envy those of you that figured it out the first time round! High School sweethearts that can celebrate 35-40-50 year anniversaries. You are my hero! I celebrate with you! You have endured the test and found True Love.
There are different types of Love. You love your parents, you’re in-love with your spouse. I love the vows (you probably figured that out) Love, honor and CHERISH best of all! The 3rd love is Agape – unconditional "God" love. He loves us unconditionally. He loves you and forgives you of your sins. He will never let you down. His love is endless. We in turn are to love God. It is a relationship with God. A two-way street, not only does he love us but we are to love him. God tells us what love is. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails.
Love is mentioned 310 times in the Bible. KJV
Love is mentioned 541 times in the New American Standard Version Bible.
Love One Another 12 times.
The first time Love is mentioned in the Bible : Genesis 22:2 Take now your son Issac, your only son, whom you love …
1 John 4:8 says This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.
In 2008 I met “the one” and was happily married. Mike was my person. He loved to spoil me on my favorite day! I would undeniably hint as I wore pink or red starting Feb 1st. I had experienced unconditional love from my spouse. What a blessing God had given me! One month after our ten year anniversary we moved from Albertville, Alabama to Scottsboro. He fished and wanted to launch the boat at a dock closer to our house. The night we moved in we had boxes everywhere. The moving trucks left with the last of our outdoor items… it was 2 weeks before Christmas and I put a pre-lie tree up before unpacking anything. I was talking to Mike and I went back in the room about 5-7 min later and he had a massive heart attack and passed away. I was devastated. I broke. I thought I would never survive.
It’s kind of a different comment to make but as a Christian Widow, this is when I felt the Love. At your lowest time you will look to God for comfort. I realized that God’s plan for me was not God’s plan for Mike. I am so blessed that God gave me Mike for 10 years. He was his all along to take home, he never belonged to me. He belonged to God.
I was hoping that God would put a man in my life, but I think he’s got me in time out in the corner saying “Let me just give you some time to think about what you’ve done” .
This year I’m celebrating Valentine’s Day with my girlfriends. I’m treating myself to a pedicure, nails, chocolate, a bouquet of flowers and dinner. Food is a favorite social event for me!
Valentines Day will always remain my favorite holiday but this year I found contentment in the holiday. I found me. I found that I am happy being me.
I believe God has other plans for me. It is a new season!
I feel the Love of God, & pray for God’s will in my Life, trusting in him. God loves me this I know…. He is sufficient.
Hope you have a Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you get all the chocolate, flowers or goodies you desire!
Taylor
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