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The beginning of February is a dreaded time of year for many singles. Couples surround us, advertisements about beautiful jewelry to give the one you love are abundant, and heart-shaped candy asking one to “Be My Valentine” continues to appear in the most unexpected places. Many of us think of the Hallmark movies where the single woman meets a man - falls in love – have an issue that tears them apart – can rectify the relationship – and – once again, have a wonderful relationship that leads to living happily ever after.

The Hallmark movie does not describe reality, yet many single women and some men live vicariously through the characters portrayed in the movie. However, I have found if I put too much emphasis on living that “happy” life, I become jealous of those couples around me.

This time of year, the focus is on couples. I am not saying that couples don’t deserve a day to celebrate their love. For many singles, it is a difficult time of year and reminds us of a missing part of our lives.

I am very happy as a single person. I have good friends, and we support one another through good and bad times. The singles group I attend at church is supportive and fun and hosts Valentine’s party. I will be with people I enjoy and have a lot of fun. I am involved in the community and feel I am making a difference. I have been married and did have some lovely Valentines; however, the relationship was not happily ever after.

Much of the focus of my life is on God and Jesus. In the morning, I spend some time reading the Bible. I found the following Scripture reminding me that I am not alone. God is my husband! Isaiah 54:5 says, “For your Maker is your husband, the Lord of Hosts is His name; and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer, the God of the whole earth He is called”

This year, I am thankful for my life, my friends, the singles’ group at church, my family, and my God. So, I am going to enjoy myself this Valentine's.

What is there to do?

· Go out with friends.

· Have a movie marathon

· Volunteer – I find that volunteering brings me much happiness!

· Go to a concert

· Do Karaoke

· Splurge on a big gift for yourself.

· Head to a chocolatier.

· Try a new recipe.

· Get a makeover.

· Binge-watch a brand-new show.

· Start a new book.

· Experience an escape room with friends.

· Take a dance class.

· Try a local coffee shop.

· Host a game night.

· Throw an Anti-Valentine’s Day Party

I hope singles will enjoy this season and realize that we have a lot to offer this world.

Have a great month.

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