Rachel Rittenhouse

Christian fiction for ladies young and old

Christ, Our Ultimate Valentine

February 14th, 2014

Valentine’s Day–a day focused on love. Going out to eat with your special someone, making and delivering Valentine’s day cards, candy hearts, flowers, special baked goods: this day is just full of all the special things people do for each other to show them “I love you.”

 

For those of us who don’t have a special Valentine, this doesn’t have to be a lonely holiday spent doing just the normal. Valentine’s day doesn’t need to be banned from your mind, until that special someone walks in your life. Truth is, we already have our ultimate Valentine and He loves us more than anyone ever could!

 

That Valentine is Jesus Christ.

 

 “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” Romans 5:8 ESV.

 

Wow! Christ loved us so much that He died for us? How great is that love? Amidst all our betrayal…treason…surface-only-feelings, Christ still loves us?

 

Yes.

 

Valentine’s day isn’t a day when we focus just on ourselves and our own feelings. Yes, it’s nice to feel loved and cherished. That’s a feeling anyone desires to feel. But instead, why not focus on loving Christ back. We have a Valentine, shouldn’t we be showering Him with love and affection? Because Christ truly does cherish us and He loves us.

 

“because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you” Isaiah 43:4 ESV.

“The Cold Never Bothered Me Anyway!”

February 5th, 2014

Caramel Tea to warm up the morning!

 

For those of you who know and love Frozen will right away recognize the title of this post. 🙂 When in true actuality, as much as I love snow, I could do without the ice and freezing weather!

As I sit writing this post, I can hear ice sheets dropping on my roof. It’s such a scary sensation listening to it, but it just makes me feel very grateful:

Grateful for the roof over my head

Grateful for heat and electricity when so many are out

Grateful for the extra time to get caught up on schoolwork because activities were canceled

Chemistry by the Fire...the ONLY way to do chemistry. 😉

Look at that! Three more items to add to my 1000 gifts list! Well, I hope you all stay warm and dry tonight–and trying counting some of your gifts. It always makes me smile.

 

 

Chilly winds on an icy night,

Whip the trees around.

Icicles falling–terrorizing those that see

Them crashing to the ground.

Who knows what damage this ice may do–

Who knows who else he’ll strike.

He bends the trees till they touch the ground;

Crackling as they go;

But if you glance out and see

The sparkle and the light,

The promise of a newness of life

That will come with dawn of spring.  

Rachel Rittenhouse

Christian fiction for ladies young and old