Valentine’s Day is my second favorite holiday (after Christmas, of course). I love focusing on love! God has blessed me with lots of love in my life. Plus when I was little, my parents always put on an epic Valentine’s scavenger hunt for my sister and I, which always made the day fun.
As I was thinking about all the yummy sweets we consume on February 14th. God brought to mind the hymn, “Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus.” I began doing some research on the meaning behind the song. This article shares about the heart behind the hymn written by Louisa M. R. Stead.
She had a heart for missions since a young age, which I loved to read. Although Louisa struggled with her health for most of her life, making missions work difficult. The article shared that she moved from England to the United States, got married, and had a little girl named Lily.
The motivation behind the hymn is a dark one. Louisa and her family went to the beach for a holiday. Her husband noticed a young boy drowning in water. He went in to save the boy, but was pulled under instead, losing his life. Louisa meditated and thought about why God put this tragedy in her life as she wrote the words to this hymn.
Louisa’s story made me think of Job in the Bible. He was put through so many tests. Just in chapter 1, Job loses his family and everything he owns. Yet, at the end of the chapter we read, “Job fell down upon the ground, and worshiped.” Job 1:20 Even though he lost what was precious to him, he focused on God through the hard times.
I designed this free printable that can be used in your Bible, journals, or to give as a Valentine’s Day card. Use it to encourage yourself and others to trust in Jesus when life becomes tough.
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