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What Flowers Taught Me About Love

As a single gal, I knew that Valentine’s Day could take an emotional toll on me if I wasn’t vigilant. I was also sure that I wouldn’t be receiving any valentines this year.

That is until I came home from class to find a bouquet of flowers sitting on my cluttered dresser.

I grinned at the pink daisies, dainty baby’s breath, and the single yellow rose arranged artistically with a balloon. No, they weren’t from some secret admirer. They were from my beautiful mother, who had driven all over town (with bronchitis to boot) to find me the perfect flowers.

Later that night when I was getting ready for bed, I bent to smell the flowers and started to cry. I felt loved so deeply, and I didn’t even have a romantic valentine! And that’s when I realized that these weren’t just flowers.

They were a piece of God’s love for me.

Take a look at Jesus’ commandment for His followers (aka, us).

 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. (John 13:34-35 NKJV)

Love God. Love others.

It all seems so simple, yet we often ignore this powerful commandment. How many times a day do you go out of your way to love someone? I know I don’t live it out nearly enough.

You see, my mom’s  flowers were an act of kindness that reflects just how much Jesus loves me. She was sick, but she still went out in the cold to buy them for me. Not only that, but she went to three different stores to find my favorite ones! She took great time, effort, and sacrifice to make me feel special.

Have you ever received a gift like that?

You may not realize it, but God has given you the most precious gift of all. The biggest part of Himself. The greatest sacrifice in the universe. His Son.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16 NIV)

Both of the scriptures I’ve mention are quoted often, but when we really stop to reflect on how much God loves us–to know the height and depth of this love–it will start to radiate from our very being. 

That’s why loving others is so important. When we take the time to call a friend, pray with a neighbor, run errands for the elderly, or buy someone an unexpected gift, we are showing God’s love. We are giving them what God has given us. We are telling them that they matter to the One who gave all for them. 

Those flowers I received sparked something inside of me. Suddenly instead of just “getting by” on Valentine’s Day, I felt joy in surprising people with little gifts and messages of love. I’m not saying this to brag. It was Jesus’ love that I gave, and it was because He loved me first (1 John 4:19). 

Lovely reader, take the time this week to pray and read the Word and get lost in God’s incredible love. But don’t stop there. Let that love pour out of you and onto someone else.

It only takes one act of Jesus-led love to change someone’s life. In fact, sometimes it only takes a vase of flowers.


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Valentine’s Day Validation

Valentine’s Day–the day for couples to shower each other with gifts, chocolates, and fancy dates. And the day for single women to watch chick flicks (Princess Diaries anyone?) while eating their weight in chocolate.  I’ve actually been on both sides of this holiday, and to be honest, there’s a lot more hype about Valentine’s Day than there really should be.

One of my blogger friends Courtney asked me if I was going to do a Valentine’s Day post. Truthfully, I kind of forgot about that! But it soon hit me that this kind of post is needed not only for myself, but for all single women.

A couple of nights ago I walked into a drug store and found myself trudging down the dreaded red and pink aisle full of candy and oversize stuffed bears and felt pretty depressed.

It was like I had a giant lacy red sign above my head reading “Not Good Enough” for the world to see. That whole night I felt kind of melancholy, but I just couldn’t figure out why. As I was trying to do some homework while listening to worship music, I felt so drawn to worship God that I had to put my pen down.  And that’s when it hit me:

The whole day I was seeking validation from anything but the only One who can truly fulfill my deepest desires. I was searching for worth, love, and satisfaction by daydreaming of romance and candy hearts instead of finding it in my precious Jesus.

Now there’s nothing wrong with liking romance or wanting to be married one day (one of my favorite things to write is a good love story), but we have to be careful not to make idols out of these things–whether we are single, dating, or even married.

A friend recently recommended a book called Get Lost by Dannah Gresh, and I have to say that as I read through it, I found that it is one of the most refreshing books on dating and romance out there. Instead of just telling us how to nab a Godly guy (or how to avoid them like the plague), it gets to the root of why us women can become so obsessed with romance.

Gresh calls it the “Violent Craving,” and you can read more about that in her book if you want. Basically, before the fall of man, God was the only One who could fulfill the desires of man and womankind. Since sin has entered the picture, we seek validation and satisfaction in things other than God. As I read Get Lost, I found myself nodding my head in agreement to everything she wrote.

Think about it lovely reader. How many ways have you tried to seek validation in your life? Maybe it was a relationship or obsession with some cute guy. Maybe it was planning your whole wedding on Pinterest (without even having an engagement ring on your finger).

Maybe your validation doesn’t even come from romantic things. Maybe it comes from dieting and weight loss, social media likes, or clothes. Trust me, I get it. I’ve been that girl standing in the Valentine’s Day aisle of Walgreens trying not to cry. I’ve been that girl looking in the mirror trying not to feel less than adequate.

The only difference is that I’m starting to realize where my true validation lies. This is the truth that I want you to know:

God made you valid when He died for you on the cross.

 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. (John 15:13 NIV)

There is no greater measure of love and worth than this. A Godly relationship is a great blessing to look forward to, but it can’t make you whole. Looking good is a fun hobby, but it won’t bring you true joy. All of the things the world offers us as a temporary fix only masks the true remedy we all need–Jesus.

This Valentine’s Day, whether you are single or in a relationship, I challenge you to remember where your worth and identity truly lie. I challenge you to remember that there is no one or nothing on this planet that can validate you more than Jesus Christ. His love is the kind of love we need to be chasing after.

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:37-39 NIV)


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A Different Kind of Valentine's Day

Happy Friday readers and followers! I feel like this month has been so busy, and it’s already half over! As most of you all know (or might be in denial of) this Sunday is Valentine’s Day.

If you’re single like me, then maybe this holiday can be depressing for you. Maybe you just want to watch chick flicks and cry, or ignore it all together (believe me, I’ve been there). However, maybe you can look at Valentine’s Day from a new perspective.

This is a holiday that’s supposed to be all about love right? Well why not celebrate the One who is love? Jesus is the One who should be on our minds this day and everyday.

John 21:15 says that if we love Jesus with all our hearts, then we will feed His “lambs” (aka–people). So take some time this holiday to be a blessing to those around you. Show people the love of God and then you will feel more joy than you can imagine.

Okay, now let’s talk fashion! Here are some Valentine’s Day collages to inspire you this weekend ❤

Galentine’s Day Gorgeous

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Did you know that Saturday is Galentine’s Day? That’s right, a holiday just for the girls! What better outfit to wear than some comfy jeans and a flowy red top?
I gotta say that I want to try some flare jeans in the spring. I’m normally a skinny jean girl, but I think I could use a change. And yes, those are sandals. The cabin fever is strong with this one.

Heart Attack

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I love pink. Whether you have a date, are spending time with family or friends, or just going to church–dressing up always feels good.

Pinned Up Hearts

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Vintage lovers rejoice! Wow your sweetheart in a cute polka dot swing dress. Aren’t the oxford shoes adorable?

Thanks for reading! I hope you liked these outfit ideas. Have a great weekend everyone, and stay warm! You are all my Valentines

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Be My Valentine

Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you all feel the love this weekend, whether you are a single lady or in a relationship. And remember that Jesus loves you so much, so make sure to devote some of your time to worship the ultimate Valentine. I’ve been making cards and crafts for loved ones like crazy! I love blessing people on this holiday. Whether you’re embracing this holiday as one of romance or sweet affection, hopefully there’s an inspiring outfit here for you.

My Valentine

My Valentine by fearfullywonderfullyme featuring 1928 jewelry

How cute is this for date night? Pink is sweet and romantic, and the Keds also make this appropriate for lunch. I also have an obsession for 1928 jewelry, which these earrings happen to be.

Hearts on Fire

Hearts on Fire by fearfullywonderfullyme featuring Brooks Brothers

This outfit evokes an old 1950’s vintage feel. It’s perfect for any event you might go to this weekend.

Cat Lover

Cat Lover by fearfullywonderfullyme featuring rubber sole shoes

Maybe you’re having a casual day in for Valentine’s Day. You can still pink it up with a cute cat sweater and Converse!

I hope you readers all have a lovely Valentine’s Day! Treat yourself to some chocolate and lots of love. 🙂

Love, Emily <3

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