Sunday, February 8, 2015

True Love Stories: My Date with the King

Today, Natalie Monk is sharing her unique take on Valentine’s Day as a single lady: She is celebrating this romantic holiday by going on a Date with the King! No, not the King of Denmark or France—she’s talking about God, the Creator of the Universe and Earth.

Curious to know how that’s possible? Read on to discover the answers to your questions in Natalie’s true love story. 

My Date with the King

Natalie Monk’s true love story

For singles, Valentine’s Day usually means working late then crashing with PJs, a tub of ice cream, a book, or a sappy movie, a box of tissues, and a large side of self-pity. 

This Valentine’s Day I’m doing something different . . .

I accepted Christ at a young age when I realized He died for my sin because He loved me. We’ve had sweet times of fellowship over the years. But as I grow older and get busier, it doesn’t take much for my devotional and prayer times to be crowded out, for the sparks of my fellowship with God to subdue to glowing embers.

This year, I want to grow closer to Jesus than ever before. I want to seek His face and His heart more than His “hand” or His blessings. I want to respond to Him, serve Him and make time for Him as I would a beau.

With that commitment in mind, I recently made a list of things I want to do to strengthen my fellowship with the Lord.

#1. “Bless the Lord” by giving Him my submission, respect and cheerful affection. From the Bible, I know worship and praise and adoration belong to Him. I know He’s interested in me, knows me better than anyone in the world. He desires for me to want Him to know me and for me to know Him more.

#2. Give Him myself, my thoughts my plans, my dreams, my longings.

#3. Serve Him. To do thoughtful, special things for Him with hidden meanings only the two of us know.

#4. Be proud of and speak highly of Him in the presence of others.

#5. Send Him “love note” prayers like, “I can’t wait to be in Your presence. You make life worth living. I don’t know what I’d do without you. I want to know You more. Tell me how to please you best. I want to carry your love-light in my eyes. I long for you, Beloved.”

#6. Make plans to be alone with God, without distractions or busy worries to take my mind from Him.

#7. Re-read His Love Letter (The Holy Bible) to me.

#8. Write with Him, share creativity together, and be sure He approves of my work.

At the end of this list, I wrote, “If God were my ‘significant other,’ I’d want to spend Valentine’s Day on a date with Him.”

Then it hit me. Aha!

When this Valentine’s Day rolls around, I’m going on a date with the King.

Here’s the plan:

I’ll take my Bible, my journal, Beverly Seward Brandon’s Bible study sheet on the husbandly attributes of God (read the full list of attributes by following this link, and a book bag filled with:

· Come Away, My Beloved by Francis J Roberts,

· Tortured for Christ by Richard Wurmbrand,

· A Woman After God’s Own Heart by Elizabeth George,

· Lady In Waiting by Jackie Kendall and Debbie Jones

· Morning and Evening by Charles Haddon Spurgeon, and possibly

· Girl Talk with God by Susie Shellenberger.

I’m going to dress nice and hope the coffee shop will have some type of red velvet hot cocoa or something Valentine-y to go along with the occasion.

I had initially planned to have this date at home. I’ve been known to exhibit inordinate social cowardice on Valentine’s Day—like hiding at home in my PJs browsing Pinterest just so I don’t have to see other couples holding hands and kissing in public.

This time, though, I feel God wants me in public for a testimony that He is enough to satisfy the longings of every soul. Probably no one will ask (usually people keep to themselves in our mid-sized town) but if they do, I’ll tell them about my date and use it as an opportunity to tell them about my Date. Hehe. See what I did there?

This Valentine’s Day, I’m throwing down the gauntlet. I challenge every single person to dump your PJs and Valentine’s Day self-pity. Grab your Bible and favorite devotional and get to know your Creator. Let Him be the Lover of your soul. Who’s with me?

Author bio: 
A farm girl from the time she could shimmy under a string of barbed wire, Natalie Monk writes award-winning historical romance spiced with southern humor and small-town oddities. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and is currently revising her second manuscript.

Natalie is a homeschool graduate from North Mississippi, a piano teacher, part-time portrait photographer, certified wedding planner, and devotional speaker. She loves sweet tea, reading, girl talk (usually about books), porch swings, and watching old musicals and action movies with her family.

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