“Love is patient. Love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8 NIV

Forget about flowers this Valentine’s Day. My Valentine grows fields of flowers just for me. Forget about jewelry. My Valentine lives in a kingdom where the streets are made of gold and the gates are encrusted with pearls and precious gems. Forget about a fancy dinner. My Valentine makes food rain down from heaven.

Hands down, I have the best Valentine in the world. He’s not just wonderful on February 14th; he’s like this all year round. He provides for my every need. Anything I ask of him, he gives it freely. He’s always there when I need him. I never have to worry or fear when I step out the door because he has employed an entourage of angels to protect me.

Chivalry is not dead with him, it’s an art form. Instead of placing his jacket on top of a puddle for me to walk across, he parts seas. He opens and closes doors for me as needed. My honor is always safe with him. There isn’t a battle that he won’t fight on my behalf. If there is something in my way, all I need to say is, “move, “in his name and it will move, even mountains.

I trust him completely. He never lies and he keeps all his promises. I am deeply in love with him and he is deeply in love with me. There is no place that I can go that he does not take pleasure in going with me. He never forgets a birthday or an anniversary. He even knows the number of hairs on my head. He knows my every thought and he knows my heart. If this was an ordinary man, this would creep me out and I would feel suffocated. Thankfully, he’s no ordinary man. Even though he is mighty, his intentions are always pure and good.

I am beautiful and wonderful in his sight even without make-up or my hair done. He is kind and patient. He loves me unconditionally. When I make mistakes, he doesn’t laugh or mock me. He builds me up and cleans up my messes. He easily forgives me when I’m wrong.

The best thing of all, he laid down his life for me. That’s right; he died and rose from the dead just so that my soul would be saved. If you still don’t know who I’m talking about, his name is Jesus. There’s no need to be jealous ladies, because he can be your Valentine too. He has more than enough love to share with the whole world.

“For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him.” Psalm 103:11 NIV

“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.” Psalm 150:6

Past Due

By Tammy Glover

You told me that I will receive whatever I ask for in prayer if I believe, so why do I still doubt?  Matthew 21:22

You told me that with your strength, I can do all things, so why do I still feel powerless? Philippians 4:13

You told me to cast all my anxiety on to you because you care for me, so why am I still worried? 1 Peter 5:7

You told me that you would command your angels concerning me and that they will guard me, so why am I still afraid? Psalm 91:11

You told me to come to you when I’m weary and burdened because you will give me rest, so why am I still exhausted from carrying this load? Matthew 11:28

You told me that you heal all my diseases, so why am I still accepting this illness? Psalm 103:3

You told me that you would fulfill your purpose for me, so why do I feel so lost? Psalm 138:8

You told me that you give wisdom and that from your mouth comes knowledge and understanding, so why do I still run to others first? Proverbs 2:6

You told me that as far as the east is from the west, so far have you removed my transgressions, so why do I still feel guilty. Psalm 103:12

You told me that you would never leave me, nor forsake me, so why do I still feel lonely? Hebrews 13:5

You told me that I was created in your image, so why do I still feel ugly? Genesis 1:27

You told me to give thanks to you because you are good and your love endures forever, so why haven’t I gotten down on my knees and lifted my hands to give you praise? 1 Chronicles 16:34

Strength, peace of mind, protection, rest, healing, purpose, wisdom, forgiveness, comfort, beauty and love–I am way past due collecting my blessings, are you past due too?

Welcome to Balm 4 the Soul, with weekly inspirations by Tammy Glover.

Words of encouragement are like balm for the soul.  They can soothe, comfort and heal.  I hope this weekly blog of inspirational fiction and devotionals does just that.  This week, I’m bringing you a fictional, inspirational short story but I think that it will resonate with a lot of people.  Be blessed, see ya next week!

Be Encouraged–by Tammy Glover

This is the day that the Lord has made: let us rejoice and be glad in it.”  Psalm 118:24 

 Someone asked me today, why am I so cheerful. I have to admit, it wasn’t easy.  I started by waking up this morning, if only I had an extra hour to sleep.  I dragged myself to the bathroom to get ready for work.  I burnt my forehead with the hot curlers, trying to tame my hair.  After fighting with my hair, I rushed through breakfast with my husband and children.  I wondered why they couldn’t be quiet for just fifteen minutes.  How is it that grown men and teenagers can’t find anything?  I jumped in the car and immediately became frustrated because everyone seemed to be driving as if they’ve never driven in the rain before.

When I arrived at work, I had time to spare so I decided to sit in the car for a few minutes and listen to a little news radio.  As I slept peacefully last night, an elderly couple died in their sleep from carbon monoxide poisoning.  A family lost their home to a fire, everything was destroyed.  A man and his three children were killed in a car crash because of a drunk driver.  The driver of the car survived but she’s now paralyzed from the waist down.

This morning, as I made my way to work, employees of a local business arrived at work to find their office doors chained and padlocked.  However, in lighter news, a teenage girl and her friends gathered at a local hair salon to cut their long hair so that it could be made into wigs for women who have lost their hair due to chemo therapy.

I was already tired and grumpy, but thanks to the news report, I was now thoroughly depressed.  I asked, “Lord, how can anyone have joy in their heart when there is all of this sadness in the world?”  God said to me, “My child, I have given you so many blessings, why do you take them for granted?”

Then I realized that while I slept, my family and home were kept safe.  I was able to wake up, when others died in their sleep.  I was able to feel the floor underneath my feet, stand up and walk, while others are confined to wheelchairs.  Someone is losing their hair because an illness is ravaging their body, while I’m complaining about my uncontrollable hair.  I was able to stay dry, in my car, while others had to walk in the rain.  Although, I don’t like my job, at least I still have one. 

I sat in my car and let the tears flow from my eyes.  I am healthy and whole, all thanks to God.  So, the answer to the question, why am I so cheerful is simple.  It’s God. 

 “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.  I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”  Philippians 4:12

“…the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10