My first Valentine

I read a heartfelt blog post last week about a Grandfather who sent flowers every Valentine’s Day

It instantly reminded me of my Granda Murphy who sent me a Valentine card every year in my teenage years!

One of my earliest memories is sitting on the doorstep in Lawnview Street watching rain ‘dance’ on the pavement (im)patiently waiting for him to come home from work.

Granda worked as a painter at Harland & Wolff. He painted my brother & I matching sleighs for unexpected heavy snow. And colourful bird boxes to hang on our garden fence.

He took us to Portstewart in the summer, & each time I walk along the Coastal Path by the convent I’m reminded of him.

Granda Murphy also sent birthday cards & congratulations cards.

He wrote the same verse in the cards-Proverbs 3:5&6. These are verses to live by- here & now as much as back then:

‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.’
(Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV)

‘Trust GOD from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for GOD ’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track’
(Proverbs 3:5-6MSG)

We can trust God deeply because He knows us fully & loves us the most.

‘For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.’
(John‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

On Valentine’s Day & everyday:

‘You are so very loved.
I pray that you would
Remember it,
Know it,
Live it,
Breathe it,
Rest in it:
(Sarah Bessey)



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