Today (just another day) is finally here!!!

1518640147896-418848181Today is the day!! It’s finally here..I’ve been anxious for it to get here for nearly 365 days now when I first adopted the “idea”…

Over the past year, since last Valentine’s Day 2017 I’ve been preparing something..and I finally used it as a gift today!! I wrapped it up and placed it down in a cute little heart covered bag with red tissue gushing out the top.

Can I just be the first to say I’m actually not a huge Valentine’s Day fan, like I don’t feel it’s necessary to have a set day devoted to “love.” I believe love should be shown any day of the year and not amplified on one particular day such as Valentine’s Day.

To me it seems like a juvenile holiday, one that highschool sweethearts who’ve been dating three or four weeks might get excited about…you know the ‘love-struck’ boyfriend or girlfriend who’s too nervous to tell their ‘special someone’ those three little words that are packed with huge meaning, ‘I love you’. So instead they pick up some cheap chocolate candies, maybe a fuzzy teddy bear clasping a heart, and if allowance allows they throw in a rose or two and of course anxiously scrawl the letters ‘xoxo’ across a card hoping it will speak the words for them and get the point across..and then they wait for the next two months for February 14th to finally arrive…you know what I’m talking about…

Okay soooo if I’m not head over heels about this overrated ‘love day’ why have I been looking forward to it for an entire year now?

Because last year at this time I read a devotion from a man who shared about a journal he had kept. Not just any kind of journal—this journal was written in everyday for a full year and would eventually serve as a Christmas gift—journal entries filled with encouragement and thankfulness to his wife…an idea he had picked up from someone else…

When the year ended the husband presented the gift to his wife who upon opening it was almost livid to see that it was a journal entry book, she had no desire to write and keep a journal and her husband knew it, how could he give her such a book…but as she examined the cover further she saw it was stamped with the previous year and when she turned open those pages to see his words of love written all over, tears ran down her cheeks…She was surprised that even on her worst days her husband had found something nice to say.

But he had….

In the devotion I read, this man shared that as he wrote he’d pray every morning asking God to help him come up with something new to say each time. He never wanted to thank or compliment his wife for the same thing even five times for the chance of it losing its power. At times especially nearing the end of the year it became more challenging, so he’d sit before God and ask Him to remind him of ‘something his wife had done, or how she is’ that maybe he’d taken for granted, and each time God faithfully answered prayer so that eventually the journal was completed—365 days worth of uplifting ‘love notes.’

By now you can surely guess the gift in my sweetly packaged Valentine’s bag today…after reading this story last year it pulled at my heartstrings and I felt drawn to do the same for my spouse so I borrowed the idea and started a daily journal for my husband right away.

Beginning each day (since last Valentine’s) I’ve written an entry thanking Nathan for something he does or telling him what I admire about him.

Sometimes when I’d sit down to write, I’d have a list of things to cover the next few weeks, other times I’d ask God to help me recognize and reveal something new about my husband, never pointing out areas that could be improved and never asking God to change him but only to show me his good character qualities. It taught me to focus on Nathan in a new positive healthy way.

To take it a step further I included a Bible verse to pair up with the journal topic which reconfirmed to me how pertinent it is to include God in our relationship. And on our children’s birthdays I allowed them to write a piece of the journal entry with me.

Just a few months into writing I was already getting excited to show Nathan the journal but I knew if I was this excited at the time how much more exciting and meaningful would it be if I kept it going for a full year and surprised him later so I continued to keep it as a surprise.

Feb 28th and March 1st look like this..

My daily journal entries also never really focused on a particular day or time spent together over the past year, because I didn’t want it to be limited to a reflection of 2017. Rather my goal was to have each entry resemble fresh insight, compliments, and gratefulness so that my husband can read the words in a way that encourages him to be a loving son, husband, father, brother, and friend year after year.

So even though I don’t ‘love’ Valentine’s Day, this year it felt good to acknowledge and ‘promote’ it, in a way that portrays the kind of husband/wife love that should be celebrated daily. 

My heart is thankful beyond measure to have this marriage Jesus has sweetly blessed….and yes ladies (and men) my husband was 100% grateful and satisfied receiving that heartfelt journal this morning..more so than if I would have went out and purchased him a Springfield Armory M1A with a year’s supply of ammo..I’m just sure of it!!

Right Sugar?;)

Applicable verses:

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son so that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

As the church submits to Christ, so you wives should submit to your husbands in everything. Ephesians 5:24

Author: alimw2013

About For His Purpose~ My name is Alicia and I'm a thirty-something year old who loves Jesus. Only through God’s amazing grace and mercy I have been redeemed from past regret and shame. Reading His word has allowed me to look past Satan’s forceful lies, to see myself for who Christ says I am in Him. Through writing I have learned why I made the choices I made in my younger years and I now have a better understanding of why I desire to love God like crazy these days. Despite my daily failures, God remains faithful always. I am reassured of His unconditional love for me by every ink-drop spilled out on paper, each committed prayer as I cry out to Him, and deep understanding reflected through reading His word as truth. Yes keeping a blog will make me vulnerable to others’ opinions- there will be some who don’t understand, some who may criticize or judge, but on the other hand if just one piece expressed through my writing grabs someone’s attention and directs them to God, then pouring out my heart in a blog for the world to read is worth it. I choose to glorify Him alone through words streaming across a glowing screen. And it wouldn’t be fair if I didn’t reveal the fact that I’m incredibly quirky; I’m my loving husband’s best friend, my vivacious kids’ craziest cheerleader and spiritual trainer (3 John 1:4). I love anything farmhouse and rustic style. I think cupping a warm coffee mug in the palm of my hands is more satisfying than the contents within. I share a common obsession with my husband for the mountains, but I would (without a doubt) settle for waves crashing against my legs at the Atlantic Ocean just as well, and I almost always have a Yorkie curled up on my lap while writing. *All photos are photographed by and therefore may not be stored or photocopied in any manner.

19 thoughts on “Today (just another day) is finally here!!!”

  1. Reblogged this on For His Purpose and commented:

    Good morning! I’m reblogging last year’s Valentine’s Day post today. It’s been a busy week, one of those weeks I’ve felt on the go but then I look back to count my accomplishments and can’t even name half of one…I only have time for a reblog this week but last year’s post was encouraging so here it goes…


    1. Thanks! I’ve read it a few times over the past year and I’m like hmmm now that I’m not writing a journal for my husband and intentionally looking and pursuing the good qualities of him, I’m guilty of taking him for granted I’ve realized!….sooo I really need to begin reading it myself (daily) year after year😉


  2. Oh Valentine’s Day… I could write the book on how to do Valentine’s day wrong. I messed Valentine’s day up a few times. We don’t even try to celebrate it anymore. As you will see…I have no Valentine’s day post. Lol. Our plans for today… nothing. We don’t do Valentine’s day. Pretty unromantic right? Ugh, I don’t do well under pressure.

    Birthday’s are a similar scenario for me. I expect too much out of a single day, and I’ve been disappointed. So I can’t do it. I can’t celebrate a single day. I have to celebrate all of them. Your journal is a great way to do that. You celebrated your husband throughout the year. ❤

    As for me and my house… Oh, is today Valentine's Day? I can't do it!

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    1. Lol!!!
      I like how you worded that.. ‘I can’t celebrate a single day, I have to celebrate them all.’ That’s such a good point …simple and practical but so important…thanks lady, I love that!!!

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      1. Thanks, I’m terrible. I have a gift for getting too excited about things and then getting disappointed because my expectations are too high? I don’t know. I also blame who ever decided that Valentines day should be in February. Isn’t this the worst time of the year for this kind of emotional pressure!!!???

        Seriously, I have S.A.D to deal with people… lol. I’m pretty sure this has a lot to do with why I ruined Valentines day. So, it’s not entirely my fault. Hehe. 😀 So yeah, it’s best for me to take life at an even keel and just celebrate every day. No pressure, no emotional trauma. Hehe. 😀 We’ll cuddle up and watch a show tonight, just like we ALWAYS do. Predictable, safe, practical, and nobody is disappointed. lol.

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  3. I did something like that for my husband a while back. For Christmas I gave him a day calendar on a Rolodex, so he could flip over a new date and new praise/memory/thanks each day. I was thinking he’d put it on his desk and get a few words to brighten each day. Instead, when he got it, he took it aside and read the whole thing in one sitting! ❤


  4. lol… sorry… everybody’s comments were so nice and encouraging. Mine… Oh, Tina… she’s the Scrooge of Valentines day. lol! I don’t mean to be. From past experience, it’s just too much pressure. We do our thing on our Wedding Anniversary. Nothing too big or fancy: dinner… and maybe a movie. SOMETIMES I will even write Andrew a poem. I’m not unromantic, I love to love, but for some reason, for us Valentines day is cursed. lol.

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      1. Thank you! Looking forward to your blog too–great meeting you! I was born in Illinois and most of my family is back there. I have made the drive through Nebraska and Iowa many times. 🙂 God bless you and your family!


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