Article:
A Valentine Lost And Then Found
By Linda C Dipman

  I riffled through the draw and unexpectedly my eyes caught a glimpse of a worn and
tattered envelope.  Inside the folds of the letter lay a dried rose.  At once I gathered the
tiny rose into my hand and began to read.

  Tears filled my eyes as the words poured forth in perfect harmony, thoughts of love.  
It seemed like a dream, yet the feelings surrounded my being and penetrated my
thoughts. So many years had past and yet each word brought memories so clear of the
love I felt for my soul mate.

          I love you with all my heart.  I long for the times that we spend together.  Each
day I think of you with so much love that I feel like I am overflowing with joy.  I praise
God all the time just thinking of how wonderful you are and how you are so perfect for
me.  You are my ultimate valentine!

  I looked at these words of love I once felt and I remembered.  It was as if a dove flew
in with the most wonderful gift for a certain amount of time and then departed.  It's hard
to understand how the love I felt for my valentine had so many feelings, but now they
had lost their passion for love.

  This is not what God intended for love.  God's desire is for us to hold tightly to love
and fight to keep it alive.  God tells us that He is love.

  1John 4:7&8, "Dear Friends, let us love one another, because love comes from God.  
Whoever loves is a child of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know
God, for God is love."

  Too many people today think that sexual lust for another person is love.  They don't
understand how important true love is to a couple.  They don't understand that they
must have a secure foundation in God in order to maintain love.

  In order to understand love we must have faith in God.  God is the protector of love.  
We live in a world where people have been given the freewill to decide how they will
believe and who they will believe in.

  We are constantly being tested because we are evolving through the situations we
face in life.  Tests that open our eyes up to what kind of love is good and what kind of
love is sin and an instrument of Satan.

  Our feelings for each other make us determined to go forward in a relationship or
stop us in our tracks.  But the right kind of Love propels us towards life experiences that
change the way we think about our world.  

  When we love deeply, then it gives us a determination to stay together no matter
what.  We are strong and we are not afraid of what others may think of our love.  Love
gives us the ability to be an unbreakable force, because the right kind of love
represents God.

  1 John 4:17&18,  "Love is made perfect in us in order that we may have courage on
the Judgment Day;  and we will have it because our life in this world is the same as
Christ's.  There is no fear in love;  perfect love drives out all fear.  So then, love has not
been made perfect in anyone who is afraid, because fear has to do with punishment."

  Love makes God's children perfect.  Love takes away our fear of the "what ifs" of life.  
Love is not afraid of punishment or suffering because love drives away all kinds of fear.

  This is the reason why couples who rely on God can face the death of a child and
remain together.  This is the reason why when a natural disaster occurs and takes a
families home, the couples who have love, remain strong and conquer the disaster with
faith.

  Because God is manifested in love, strong relationships grow stronger through the
hardships they face in this world.  While those who don't have God, suffer and faint
because of fear of being abandoned by their spouse when the times of testings come.

  1John5:3-5, "For our love for God means that we obey his commands.  And his
commands are not too hard for us, because every child of God is able to defeat the
world.  And we win the victory over the world by means of our faith.  Who can defeat the
world?  Only the person who believes that Jesus is the Son of God."

  I took this new found knowledge of love and began to look at how to rekindle the
feelings I once felt for my spouse.  Through prayer I sought God's help to heal the
distance that had developed from us not expressing the love we felt unconditionally for
each other.

  I prayed that God would forgive me for taking my marriage for granted.  I asked the
creator of love to reignite the passion once lost.  I pleaded that God would give me the
words to express my love.

  The words had barely left my lips when a dove of love came floating in with God's
compassionate reply:

  Dear Children,  You are my Valentine.  Your love for each other creates stars that
shine forth in love igniting the Universe with light. Love between two people are like
bright shiny rays of light reflecting my heart for man.   Love fulfills your destiny and
inspires those who are lost to seek the light of understanding given them by Me.  My
love for you is never ending and always available to all those who are destined to find
Me.  Seek love, long for love, and your journey in this world will be proven to be of the
purest gold.  Gold refined by the fire of life.  Love inspired through never giving up or
giving into evil.  I Love You, God has spoken.

  My heart jumped for joy and the love that had once grown dormant shone brightly for
my love. Suddenly everything about our life made since again.  My Valentine that once
was lost, has now been found!