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Love Notes


Anyone who has ever been in love is familiar with love notes.

Do you remember those times when you wrote messages of adoration?

Do you remember receiving love notes… what they did for you, and what they did for your heart and for your relationship?

Just last week I received a beautiful love note.

Heart shape in a piece of bread #lovenotes from God

A few days later I got one on the side of a cake box.

Love notes - this one was at the side of my birthday cake box

These love notes remind me of the one I received on the Mother’s Day after my grandma died.

Heart-shaped-cloud - #lovenotes from God

And the one that I received after the roughest morning ever.

Heart-shaped yam #lovenotes from God

I clearly see these as love notes from God.

Why wouldn’t they be?

When I see them, I think of him. I know it’s him who sent them.

Sometimes I wonder if I’ve ever missed a love note from God. Maybe I was too busy to notice. Or perhaps he’s been sending them all along but because I didn’t know him, I didn’t see them.

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Sometimes I wonder if I had been looking for a bouquet of roses and in doing so, I overlooked a post-it note of love.

As I reflect on these demonstrations of love, there is one love note that I cherish the most. It was the first note I received from him. It was the first time I encountered his message of love:

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

He loves me so much that he died for me.

He loves you so much that he died for you.

My friend, there is a love note with your name on it.

Have you looked for it? Have you seen it? Have you read it? Have you accepted it?

Nothing would delight God more than for you to accept the note that he’s left just for you.

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Author of My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool, creator of The Deliberate Mom, Deliberate Homeschooling and regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Jennifer writes about parenting, her faith, and life with her husband and two girls. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration Degree with a specialization in Early Learning in Child Care. 

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47 thoughts on “Love Notes

  • Chris Carter

    Oh how I love this Jennifer… and I love that God delivers your love notes in such a personal way. He is such a personal loving Father, isn’t He?

    I will be looking even more intently for my notes… I don’t want to miss A SINGLE one.

  • Jaime Buckley

    Jennifer,

    I enjoyed this so much, I hope you’ll excuse me for sticking with the serious side today.

    “Sometimes I wonder if I had been looking for a bouquet of roses and in doing so, I overlooked a post-it note of love.”

    The funny thing is, years and years ago, I was struggling to show my darling wife how much I loved her. Our marriage is based on our common religious convictions and testimonies–so I asked Father in Heaven for help. I simply couldn’t express myself well.

    (seriously…don’t gasp)

    You know what the answer to my prayer was?
    “Leave her sticky notes.”

    Thats the idea in my mind and heart…along with a flood of love to confirm the source.

    So that’s what I did, for years. I left notes on the stove, on the handle of the fridge…tiny drawings and cartoons that I’d leave on my pillow as I went to work before dawn. Everywhere Kathilynn looked, she would eventually find a reminder that she was loved.

    In turn, my wife started sending letters with me when I had to travel.

    My weakness is being without my family and when I was gone more than three days, my productivity diminished greatly. So Kathi would send letters, each with a date, telling me when to open it. Each one with the perfect words and carrying a spirit that gave me strength and focus until I could fly home.

    The Lord does that with us. All the time.

    …and I’ll tell you what: The most common post-it note our God uses, is those around us.

    Sometimes it’s just a smile or a thank you. At times it’s someone who walks into our lives just long enough to get us to the next chapter, before fading into the sunset.

    To tell you, no matter what the time, what the place…or what circumstances you find yourself in…you are SO very loved.

    Thanks for sharing, Jennifer…and God Bless each of you.

    -Jaime

    • Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom Post author

      Thank you for sharing this story about you and Kathilynn, Jaime.

      I have written post-it notes for my girls (I stick them to their bedroom door and record a different reason why I love them on each note). My oldest loves it.

      You’re right, God does use people around us to express his love. Thanks for sharing that too.

  • Amber

    I can say with surety that my love note from God is my children. I know that most mothers can say the same thing but since our family was grown through adoption, I feel a bit unique. How else but through God could we have been entrusted with children so perfect for us? My daughter came to us as a toddler, one of the hardest ages to transition through families at but the best age for D and I to start being parents with. She is such a mini-me that we butt heads all the time! Our first son came home a year later at three months old and his joyful personality was the balm we needed after navigating deep and unknown parenting waters with our daughter. He worships his older sister and smooths our all our rough edges with his easy love for us. Our second son came home to us much sooner than we’d planned but so many things about his adoption pointed to God’s plan for our lives.
    Thanks for the timely reminder of his presence, and love, in our every day.

  • Jen@JENerallyInformed

    Jennifer this is so lovely.

    Sometimes I have noticed that when I forget to look for love notes I miss so very many other important things. I have always found that God speaks to me in quiet ways and that I need to be still and notice the little blessings throughout my day. Because many little blessings can lead to miracles and great things.

  • Amanda @ Growing Up Madison

    I’m here sitting in an airline terminal waiting on a flight to go to the Caribbean but had to pay you a visit since I may not have internet access once I’m there. I’m so happy I stopped by before I left because this totally brought a smile to my face. It’s great when we see God’s love in everything without actually looking. I’m hoping to find some of his love in this rough time . Here’s to a fabulous week and if I don’t get to visit again Happy Holidays!

    • Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom Post author

      I love these surprises of love that God gives to us. He’s so good. Look for his notes and when you find them, marvel, admire, and thank him for them. Those notes can really help in the rough patches of our journeys through life.

      Have a happy vacation and a lovely Christmas my friend.

  • Tamara

    Gorgeousness. And I love your photos of your love notes!
    I look for them everywhere. That doesn’t mean I don’t miss some, because I’m sure I do.

    I still look for them as much as I can.

  • Katie | The Surly Housewife

    Another thoughtful and loving post my friend. But I did have to chuckle thinking of the notes my husband and I used to pass in high school. So dorky!! But yes, I do believe in messages of love from the universe. A young man I went to high school with, died in a farming accident this past fall. Not long after, his cousin looked out the back door and saw the wind had blown the outline of a cross into the trees. As a Catholic, it meant a lot to her. I think all of us could do with seeing more love in the world. Wonderful post!

    • Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom Post author

      I’m glad you enjoyed this Katie. I loved sharing my “love notes” with everyone… I definitely cherish these symbols of love.

      Yes… those love notes in our teen years can be a laugh can’t they?!

      I adore these messages of love… sometimes I’m looking for them and other times they blindside me and I’m blown away by how much I needed that boost and that demonstration of love.

      Thank you for sharing about your friend… how touching.

  • Lysa

    Jennifer,

    I had the biggest smile on my face as I read this post. I think that in the past I missed a lot of His love notes but in the past few years I want to believe I have been more aware of them. After reading this post though I want to be even more aware and not miss a single one. Thank you for brightening up my day with this post about His love… It was just what I needed.

    Wishing you an amazing Christmas week.
    xx
    Lysa

  • Karen

    Beautiful words, Jennifer!

    You make an excellent point about missing these notes when we are looking for more. They are there. One of my favorite verses is Psalm 46:10 – “Be still, and know that I am God…” I think it’s so easy to “miss” God because we don’t take time to just be still. It’s nearly become foreign to us in this age, it seems.

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful words. Wishing you and your family a blessed and wonderful Christmas season!

  • Lauren

    I love love love this post!! I feel like I have been slacking spiritually lately and I am sure I have been missing signs… but I am back to studying.. it is part of my New Years resolutions.. :)