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"Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.

A cord of three strands is not quickly broken."

- Ecclesiastes 4:12


I rarely ever do this, but I felt prompted today to re-share a message that I published last year on February 13th, 2018. Enjoy :)


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I struggled with figuring out what to say to you today.


I seriously wanted to write a message about love because Valentine's day is this week, but if there's one topic that's as foreign to me as an android phone, it's the topic of romantic love.


Since I have yet to experience the kind of love that people celebrate on Valentine's Day, I'll do my best to share the only love I know.


I'll never forget the day that my mom told me, my sister, and my brother that our dad was very sick. She took us out to dinner and explained to us that daddy was going to have a kidney and pancreas transplant surgery.


I was 11-years-old at the time and didn't fully understand the severity of her words. I knew that my dad was on dialysis because I remember him saying that unfamiliar word—dialysis—when I asked him about the bandages on his forearms.


Daddy was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was a child. Growing up, I would see my dad testing his blood and giving himself insulin injections, but I never thought it was something out of the ordinary because it was all I ever knew.


So, when my mom told us that he was sick, I was a bit confused.


Sick? From what?


My dad's diabetes led to kidney failure, and transplant surgery was the best option for him to lead a healthy life.


But that wasn't all.


That night, my mom told us that she was going to be having surgery too. Being by my dad's side through the hills and valleys of life was enough, but my mom took love to another level — she was going to donate one of her kidneys to him.


I learned a lot about love through my parent's actions.


My mom loved my dad more than life itself and was willing to donate one of her kidneys to save his life. That was a huge risk that she was willing to take and an admirable act of love.


You see, love is a verb. It's demonstrated through our actions toward one another. But, to truly know what love is, we must first know who love is.


God is love.


I grew up with parents who loved God with all their heart and kept Him at the center of their marriage. In his later years, my dad worked full-time for the church I was raised in as the financial administrator, and both of my parents served in various ministries.


They even started the married couples ministry in our church (that still exists today) to provide support and fellowship activities for other married couples.


Letting God lead their decisions was their lifestyle.

So, as desperate as my mom was to help my dad, she yielded to God when He ultimately closed the door for her to donate one of her kidneys.


Only God knew that my dad was going to meet Him in heaven two weeks after his surgery, and He needed my mom to be strong for all the changes that were about to take place.


"Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends."

— John 15:13


The greatest gift we can give anyone is love because that's the greatest gift that was given to us by God. Jesus not only was willing to lay down His life for ours, He did.


His love is the only love that I've known, and it was exemplified to me first by my parents and their selfless acts toward others.


Even when I took the path of the prodigal's son, living a little in the world, God welcomed me back with His arms-wide-open. And as I began to abide in Him, He revealed Himself to me in an even more real and personal way.


God's love saved me from the dark path I was leading and made me whole.


I don't know if you're single or not, but I do know that you are loved unconditionally and important to God. He knows every desire in your heart and hasn't forgotten about you.


Just last week, I was thinking about some of the things I've been praying for, and God revealed to me what it might cost the people around me if He was to fulfill those desires right now.


My mom made all the necessary preparations to donate one of her kidneys to my dad, but at the last minute, God said no.


I'm the first one to admit that God's "no" can sometimes feel harsh. We may not always understand why He tells us no, but it's often for our protection. He knows the future and the cost of our decisions.


And because of His precious love, He protects us even when we don't know that we need protecting.


So, when everyone is celebrating Valentine's Day on Thursday, remember that God loves you more than any significant other can ever love you. His love is the only love that doesn't have an expiration date and can completely fill every void in your life.


You may not always be able to see the kale salad being made in the kitchen, but you can trust that God is always at work preparing what you need, nonetheless.


"Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.

A cord of three strands is not quickly broken."

- Ecclesiastes 4:12


You are loved by God. Keep Him front and center in your life, and He will not steer you wrong.


Happy Valentine's Day (in advance) <3!


What's the best example of God's love that was shown to you? As always, I'd love to hear from you. Comment below, and I look forward to chatting with you.


Know someone who'd benefit from today's message? Share it with a friend!


You were born to do great things. Stay encouraged!


- Mags

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