Candy, Roses, and All Things Mushy

loving-girl-1387838-mI hate to admit it, but I tend to be a Valentine’s Day dud. I don’t intend to. I’m just not hugely creative when it comes to mushiness. And honestly, I cherish those simple things like snuggling on the couch or going for long walks or car rides, or maybe chatting in Starbuck’s.

Kinda funny, when you think of it, considering I write missional romance.

But my husband is a full-out marshmallow. (My daughter’s words, not mine. 😉 ) He’s as mushy as they come and normally has all sorts of romantic surprises planned from roses to candles. In fact, one of my favorite memories is of the day he came home with a case–yes a case–of assorted, sweet-smelling candles, because he couldn’t decide on the “perfect” one. Yes, I love that man. 🙂 But my love for him extends far beyond candy, roses, and all things mushy. I love him for who he is, irritating behavior and all, and for the way He shows Christ to me, often when I need it most.

That doesn’t mean all of our eighteen years have been a picture of marital bliss. We’ve had some crazy-tough times!

If you’re struggling with marital isolation or perhaps just long to grow closer to your spouse, I encourage you to read my article on Internet Cafe Devotions called Marital Intimacy.

What about you? What are some of your memorable Valentine’s Days? Share them with flowers-to-her-1234776-mus! And for a fun Valentine’s Day treat, I invite you to visit the Family Fiction website to read my short story titled Love Long Lost But Not Forgotten. If you like it, I’d appreciate it if you’d vote for it by giving it a thumbs’ up. 🙂 Also, feel free to share the story with your romance-loving friends. Then, come back tomorrow for some Faith-filled news. 🙂

As an additional fun Valentine’s Day gift, we’re announcing the winner of our launch give-away basket. The winner is medasmr! Congrats! We’ll be contacting you shortly to get your gift items to you. 🙂 If you didn’t win this time, no worries. A new give-away starts in March, with the winner being announced at the end of May. Check out the items in our May gift basket here, and come back tomorrow for some in-house, Faith-filled news. 🙂

valentines-day-background-3-1335571-mMeanwhile, take time to hug your spouse, your kids, and your friends, because Valentine’s Day, I believe, is much more than an emotional sentiment. It’s a reminder to live lives of love.

About Jennifer Slattery

Jennifer Slattery is a writer, editor, speaker, and ministry leader who’s addressed women’s groups, church groups, Bible studies, and writers across the nation. She’s the author of six contemporary novels and maintains a devotional blog found at She has a passion for helping women discover, embrace, and live out who they are in Christ. As the founder of Wholly Loved Ministries, she and her team partner with churches to facilitate events designed to help women rest in their true worth and live with maximum impact. When not writing, reading, or editing, Jennifer loves going on mall dates with her adult daughter and coffee dates with her hilariously fun husband. Visit her online at or follow her on Twitter at @JenSlattery.
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4 Responses to Candy, Roses, and All Things Mushy

  1. delialatham says:

    Great post, Jennifer! Good points all the way through and lots of truth, but your very last comment grabbed me by the heartstrings: “Valentine’s Day, I believe, is much more than an emotional sentiment. It’s a reminder to live lives of love.”

    Amen. And amen again!

  2. I was reminded the other day through the life of Saint Valentine that Valentine’s Day is a time of great sacrifice, so I have to ask myself: What sacrifice am I making for my husband? For our marriage?

    Rats . . . and I thought it was all about great chocolate!

  3. Sounds good to me, Jennifer! The kids got us a box of chocolate-covered toffee with macadamia nuts and Chuck and I bought each other a box of mixed chocolates. Love the surprises!

    I’m curious, though, to read how different readers discover the true identity of the filling underneath the chocolate coating. 🙂 My father used to press his thumb in the bottom. Another member of my family used to use a straight pin on the bottom. Me–I guess by the shape. After many years of eating chocolates, I have a fairly good idea of what’s inside. The squares are usually always caramels.

    Hmm . . . I think there could be a devotional in there somewhere.

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