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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Thankful Thursday: Random Thankfulness and The Story of Valentinus

Am I so fortunate and blessed that I can't decide week after week what "to be thankful for" on Thankful Thursday?  Wow. Well, I'm thankful that I have eyes. I love colors. I love sunsets and sunrises. I love seeing, and reading, and I love having eyes! I'm thankful I don't work outside the home. I'm so grateful that "I came home".  I remember how fantastic it felt the first few times I was out during the middle of the day driving around!  Free! I could...Go Anywhere I Wanted! I'm very thankful that I was home to raise my family and Homeschool my children. What a blessing! Now I'm thankful that I'm free to be home and not have all the stress that went with my job, and to be free to help people, have lunch with friends and talk for 2 hours, go to antique stores, and laugh! I'm thankful for the sunshine! It is so good to see the sun. Everyone should live in Minnesota for one January to really appreciate sunshine again. I'm thankful for the example of people like Valentinus, having just celebrated Valentine's Day. This week I read the story book of his life which my daughter, Kelsey, bought from Voice of the Martyrs. It's wonderful. I trust the story, because it's put out by VOM. Valentinus was an incredible man. Just think of all the incredible people that we're going to be able to meet in heaven. I figure that the first second 10,000 years, I will spend going around just meeting everyone! (I think the first 10,000 will be by the Lord's side, or on my face before Him, worshiping.) So, I thought that I would hit the highlights of the story of Valentinus, as told by the wonderful book put out by Voice of the Martyrs, "The Story of St. Valentine--More than Cards and Candied Hearts", written with Cheryl Odden. (Write to The Voice of the Martyrs, PO Box 443, Bartlesville, OK 74005 or go their website, www.persecution.com) for more information.)

Valentinus lived around 200 years after Christ. When the emperor Claudius outlawed marriage, in an attempt to remove an obstacle to his recruitment of soldiers (they didn't want to leave their loved ones and not see them for 25 years!), Valentinus secretly married couples anyway, because,
"Marriage was God's idea, and no emperor can hinder what God created!"
He was already in trouble for not worshiping the false gods they had in Rome. God gave him boldness to do what was right, no matter the cost. In Jacobus de Voragine's "Golden Legend", a book about Christians written in the middle ages, it is reported that, when brought before the emperor for what he was doing, Valentinus boldly told him about Jesus Christ!  He became a martyr for his faith around 269AD.  About 200 years later, February 14th became a day to honor Valentinus' life of boldly living for Christ. (This replaced a pagan Roman holiday.)  (There is much more to the story, which you can read in this beautifully illustrated children's book, not just for children. I encourage you to get a copy to read all about this brave saint and share the true story of Valentinus.)

I am inspired by Valentinus' life, and am thankful for people in all ages who boldly speak about Jesus Christ, and do what is right, no matter the cost. May I do likewise.

(Go to Iris' site, "Grace Alone" to participate in Thankful Thursday and read other thankful hearts! Thanks so much, Iris!)

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8 Comments:

Blogger LeAnn * ~ See Great Things said...

I too am thankful for eyes and the ability to see all the beauty the Lord has provided! I love color!! You have some interesting things in you post that I did not know about. Thanks for taking the time share this interesting information.

February 18, 2010 at 12:07 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

LeAnn,
It's a really interesting book. (Not just a children's book at all) I really appreciate a book like this, that elevates Godliness in a person and helps our eyes to see God in the purpose of the holiday. We have totally lost that. And oh, I do love color! I'm so thankful that God made our world so beautifully colorful, when He could have made it grey.
Blessings,
Wendy

February 18, 2010 at 12:27 PM  
Blogger ~*~KIMBERLY~*~ said...

I like Valentine's Day too. Thanks for sharing. I love nature also.

February 18, 2010 at 12:46 PM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Hi Wendy,

Wow, what a fantastic post. Girl, please sign me up to meet you in the 2nd 10,000 year. I will be on my face in worship in the 1st 10,000 as well. Loved this praise.

And, I have never heard this story about Valentinus. Woo Hoo.... Amazing.

I see your heart for the Lord and wish I could meet you in person. Love and hugs, Lynn

February 18, 2010 at 6:07 PM  
Blogger Jami Balmet said...

Hey Wendy!
Thanks for stopping by my blog so much lately! And thank you for being so sweet about my blog designing! I have been having so much fun playing around with everything!!

And I would love to show you how to make a button. Do you have any form of photoshop or another photo editing program?

And wow, it's great to see what you are thankful for! That's what I hope to have when we have children. My dream is to be able to stay home with them! And so far we are on track for that!!

And thank you for sharing about Valentinus!! I actually did not know this story until earlier this morning when my History professor showed us a movie on this! I think I always knew there was some story since it's based on St. Valentine's life..but I never knew the real story. And it's a wonderful one! so thank you for sharing!!

February 18, 2010 at 6:18 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Thanks, Lynn:) About this book about Valentine's Day--it's so good--I really like the thought of "reclaiming" the holidays, which have been largely taken over by secularism and pagan practices. I love having the facts and love that this is written in a way that children can understand, too. Valentinus' life challenges me to take a stronger stance, not compromise, just because everybody else is doing it, or no one's doing it. I think we are in danger of becoming, largely, worldly Christians--no difference between us and the world around us. I've been praying 2 Chronicles 7:14-"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." God calls Christians first (me) to humble confession and turning from sin.
Wendy
P.S. I would love to meet in person, too. I appreciate getting to know other sisters in the Lord so much through blogging. What a blessing. And I'll meet you there, side by side, on our faces before the Lord--I so look forward to heaven.

February 19, 2010 at 11:54 AM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Jami, Thanks for your comment. I would love your help (though I probably could figure it out, I just haven't tried:) I'm thinking of totally changing the look of my blog, and also switching from Blogger to Wordpress, and have waited to do a button because of that, but maybe I should do one and then I can always do another (if it's as easy as you say:) I do have Photoshop (my son bought it), and I have limited knowledge of it, I confess, but I do use it.
As you can see, I love pink and lots of deep color. I am considering going with a "cleaner" look, but I hate to give up the color, frankly! Anyway, let me know what you think--are you sure you have time? I do love your blog--you're so sweet, and your personality really comes through.
Thanks,
Wendy

February 19, 2010 at 12:07 PM  
Blogger Denise said...

Great post.

February 20, 2010 at 4:43 AM  

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