Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

I almost feel that anything I want to write about Valentine's Day would be a cliche. You name it, it's been written.

But I'm going to write something anyway.

I feel as though most people take one of three stances when it comes to Valentine's Day. They either do something special for that special someone, complain and grovel in bitterness because they are so lonely (single), or they proudly proclaim that they are perfectly fine with being single.

Well, what if we look at Valentine's Day from another light? Does the focus of Valentine's Day just have to be on the love shared between a man and a woman? Can't I celebrate the love I have for a friend on Valentine's Day?

In the Bible, Christ commands us to love our neighbors as ourselves. Most of you know, I now live off campus. The family with whom I live usually does their own thing for Valentine's Day. The husband and wife go off on their date, and they find a sitter for the kids. Well, tonight, we're doing something different. We're celebrating Valentine's Day as a family, celebrating the love we have for one another.

Americans spend countless amounts of money on cards, flowers, and chocolates for this day that for some reason happens to be different from every other day of the year because the calendar has two words written in the February 14th slot: "Valentine's Day." I think it would be really neat if we celebrated the love we have for our friends and family every day. No, I don't recommend buying a dozen roses every day, but just telling those important people in your life how much you love and treasure them more than just one or two days a year.

Yes, I am single on this Valentine's Day as I have been for the past 20 Valentine's Days of my life. But I'm okay with that. I'm not bitter or proudly announcing how satisfied I am with being single; I'm just enjoying being in love with Christ and knowing that no love, whether I had a man or not, could compete with the love of Christ.

So, Happy Valentine's Day. I hope it's a great day for you.

Until next time,
God Bless.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

A Love-Hate Relationship

So we've received about 24 inches of snow in the past 36 hours, and I must say it is beautiful. Eight people have been cooped up in our house for the last day just trying to stay warm and keep company. It's been a lot of fun. Monday night right before the storm hit, my school cancelled classes, and we stayed up until 4 o'clock in the morning. It was great.

But I've also decided that I have a love-hate relationship with snow. I think it is beautiful, and I love watching it snow. I love being inside when the snow is in fact falling from the sky. What I do not like is the next day when it is done snowing and all that snow remains lurking about. You can't go anywhere, and you can't do anything and because the snow is shining, it just makes one want to go out and be in the beautiful weather . . . well, the sunny weather.

What also stinks is that I had just gotten myself back into the groove of reading for class and getting on the ball for school work and getting motivated, and then class gets cancelled two days in a row. Lovely. Now, if we have class tomorrow, I have to get my lazy self motivated, again, and get back to reading. Fun fun.

Another thing I don't really care for is that you can't really be physically active, like intense exercise, especially when there are eight people in your house. I mean, I could go out and run in the snow, but I would only last like five minutes, and it's really, really cold. And I don't like that once you go out, spend some time in the snow and come back in, the snow gets everywhere. Yeah, it's fun to play in, which we did today, but it just gets everything wet and cold.

The last thing I really hate about this snow is the fact that I-44 west is closed, or at least part of it is. I haven't been home since January 5. I've been on a mission trip, and now we're in our second week of classes. I just want to go home. But if they don't open I-44 west by this weekend, I'll be stuck here for another week, which wouldn't be horrible, but I would still like to go home. My family really wants to see me, and I really want to see them.

So, yeah, I love the snow as it's falling and sparkling in the moonlight. It just makes one want to sit by the fire, sip hot cocoa, and read a good book. But when you are cooped up for two days and have nothing to do, it gets old.

Yes, I thank God for the beauty of it, but I just really wish I could go home.

There. I've said my peace.
Here are some pictures of our lovely Snow Apocalypse of 2011.

Hope everyone enjoyed their snow.
Until next time. God Bless.