Love Despite the Weeds (The Perfect Valentine)

To many it doesn’t seem like much. An arched walking bridge. A low stone wall. A few flowers. A bunch of weeds to some.


Yet this garden is special. Sewed with love and dreams, and watered with tears, it is a garden from my heart. A tribute to a daughter that changed my life, in agonizingly amazing ways.

Perhaps not much to look at; perhaps still not producing the desired beauty. It nevertheless holds a special place in my heart.

I, too, am often not much to look at—especially in the deep recesses of my heart. Sin sprouts quickly, weeds choking out the flowers I try to produce in my weak flesh.

Perhaps a little beauty shines through, but the ugliness of pride and self-sufficiency grows faster and taller.

Yet despite my lack of production, I still hold a special place in God’s heart. He has sewed me with love and grace and watered me with His tears and blood.

He has done the same for you. The Lord sees past the unwanted to the beauty buried within.

God has sewed us with love and grace/watered us with His tears and blood. And He loves us with an everlasting love. Click To Tweet

His beauty waiting to be released. And He loves us.

He loves you and me with an everlasting love …

… the perfect Valentine.

The Lord … saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love;
I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” (Jeremiah 31:3)

Reflection: What is your favorite Valentine memory? 

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Find hope in your real-life struggles. We'll chase it together! I am a wife; mom of 4 (including a young adult daughter with special needs); miscarriage mom of 5; author & follower of Jesus Christ. I write, edit, speak and enjoy everything outdoors.

4 comments on “Love Despite the Weeds (The Perfect Valentine)
  1. This brought tears to my eyes: “I, too, am often not much to look at–especially in the deep recesses of my heart.” It really can feel that way sometimes, can’t it? Have you read Paul Young’s Cross Roads? If not, I want to loan you my copy. It’s about what God does to the weed-overrun gardens in our hearts. Such a good read!

  2. Jedidja says:

    Thank you. ( for Jeremiah 31)

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