I'm still in shock that it's February 1st! wasn't it just January 1st yesterday? Or wasn't it February 13th, 2000 just yesterday?
Ah......February 13th, 2000 was exactly 2 months from the first day Dennis asked me to be his girlfriend. No worries I will make sure at some point this year I blog about that day. So are you wondering what was so important about the 13th? it wasn't Valentines day! so what was so significant about that day?
A particular gift was given to Dennis on the 13th for Valentine's. We thought it would be neat to share that gift with you guys now that almost 11 years have gone by. The gift was a journal. A journal of our thoughts from each other. What's really cool is we journaled to each other for almost 2 years. I highly recommend this to couples but I also warn you that it really is a very intimate thing. I feel that couples who are in more of a courtship relationship are more equipped for this. Now, when I look back I'm amazed we were only 16 & 17 at the time the journal started. Very young, but also I feel mature and confident in what God had in our path. When journaling you really are letting someone inside your heart. A piece of your heart becomes a part of their heart. I want to encourage my kids as they get older to seek courting rather than just dating. Dennis and I never had serious relationships before each other. We are so thankful God blessed us and protected our hearts.
I'll start out with writing to you what I wrote as directions on the inside cover page. I explain what the journal is for.
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you." Psalm 139: 7-12