God’s Relentless Romance

“The whole earth is full of his glory,” (Isaiah 6:3 NIV).

Steve and I were driving home from dinner when I posed a question about romance.

“Steve, I heard someone once say that a woman defines romance as the feeling of being continually pursued. What do you think about that?”

“I don’t think that is very realistic, or practical,” he replied. “A man can’t continually pursue a woman. Why should he? A man pursues a woman, but at some point, she has to make a decision to marry him or not. To let herself be caught or walk away. A decision has to be made. The pursing has to stop at some point.”

“And I think that is one of the problems in marriages today,” I answered back. “The man stops pursuing the woman’s heart after she says ‘I do’.”

“I don’t understand what you mean,” he said. “You pursue something to catch it. When you get married, that means you caught her.”

“I know it doesn’t make sense to a man,” I continued. “But a woman wants to continually feel pursued. Maybe that’s why married women escape with movies like Pride and Prejudice or get absorbed in Romance novels. They are trying to grasp for, cling to, or stir up that feeling of being pursued. But for a guy, after the ink on the marriage license dries, it seems the man thinks the need for pursuit dries up as well. The bride and groom walk across the moat of singleness, into the castle of marriage, and he pulls the drawbridge up as if it’s a done deal. The End.”

“But a man can’t spend his life pursuing someone he’s already captured,” Steve argued.

“Why not?” I asked.

Oh, friend, are you getting tired? I know this conversation made no sense to Steve. And listen, he is a very romantic guy. He puts forth more effort than most men I know. But this idea of romance being a continual pursuit was beyond his male ability to comprehend or execute.

Not so with God. He gets it. He does it.

C. S. Lewis, in his work, The Weight of Glory, argued that the most fundamental thing is not how we think of God but rather what God thinks of us. “How God thinks of us is not only more important, but infinitely more important.” God thinks that you are worth romancing with glory moments to capture your heart time and time again.

The question is, do we get it? Do we see God’s continual wooing of our heart? Daily? Hourly? Do we recognize the romance of God in the routine of life?

Right smack dab in the middle of writing this chapter, God sent me a love note. I stopped writing, turned aside, and paid attention. Then I opened by journal and jotted it down. It may seem out of place here, but I want to show you how God can interrupt and infuse your life with sudden glory moments. Some ridiculously outrageous and others relatively subtle. Here’s my journal entry:

It is gray outside. The sky is gray and in turn, the lake beyond my window is gray. The water reflects the sky in a monochromatic palate of gray. The gray trees are bare with a smattering of dead, brown leaves that refuse to release their grip. A naked weeping willow’s graceful gray fingers wave with a gentle breeze. And a light drizzle falls from the sky. More gray. I’m writing today. Gray words on a white screen.

And in the middle of my gray world, a vibrant red cardinal is perched on a nearby limb. His face is ringed in black. His Mohawk feathers stand perfectly groomed atop his regal head. His orange beak accents his crimson face. He looks at me and keeps me company for hours. I wonder if he even knows the joy he brings to my pale world today. I wonder if he is God’s love note to me. I choose to believe so. In the grayness, God has sent me a splash of color. And I swoon.

When you expect God to make His presence known, you begin to see His hand and hear His voice in moments of sudden glory—as you live and move and have your being in Him. Signs of His presence brighten even the dullest days when you have eyes open to see. When you tune your senses to God’s timbre, you begin to hear His song. Receptivity and attentiveness are the frequency of His voice. Hearing God’s voice and sensing His presence is not difficult, but it is otherworldly. So pay attention to His advances. He rejoices when you glance His way.

Let’s Pray

Jesus,..Thank you for never giving up on me, even when I am so think-headed. Thank you for continuing to pursue my heart, even when I miss your love notes time and time again. I am paying attention to your advances today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

What Do You Think?

I hope you got a chuckle from my conversation with Steve about romance. What would you say is a good definition of romance?

Today pay attention to the ways God is romancing you. Don’t miss it.

Just for fun, what is the most romantic thing anyone ever did for you? Leave a comment below. Tomorrow, we’ll radomly pick 2 names and give away a free Starbucks Gift card.

It’s Finally Here!

A Sudden Glory is finally here and we couldn’t be more excited! Click over to the Sudden Glory page and watch a few videos. Also, today is the debut of the Share Your Sudden Glory Moment page. I’d love for you to tell me your moment of Sudden Glory when God revealed His presence to you in a special way.

93 Responses to God’s Relentless Romance

  1. Nyarai August 21, 2012 at 7:24 am #

    Hi. My husband tells me he loves me at unexpected moments. And he makes me laugh, a lot!

  2. CArole August 21, 2012 at 8:30 am #

    Oh, how I relate to this story. The only romance I have in my life is with the Lord. I think in my husbands world romance stopped, just as you say, when the ink dried. However, I love being loved by God!

  3. PrincessBree August 21, 2012 at 9:09 am #

    The most romantic thing my hubby ever did for me was when he proposed to me,he took me to a darkened chapel,which was only lit by a few beam lights,as i walked in the chapel was filled with the sweet sound of a pianist playing my favourite song.And my hubby he began singing (he has an exceptional pair of lungs)along with the piano.It was angelic and then he quoted the scripture,the blessing of the Lord maketh rich one rich and adds no sorrow (proverbs).After all we had been through that touched my heart in a DEEP place!

  4. Tammy A August 21, 2012 at 9:56 am #

    My husband and I decided early in the marriage not to splurge on gifts for our anniversaries or Valentines Day. We are very blessed and have everything we need and we get pretty much what we want, within reason.
    I will preface this with the fact that I am married to the most awesome, Godly man ever. I am so blessed.
    On our last anniversary we got up and had a nice breakfast, we wished each other a happy anniversary and went about our daily business. I had to run some errands and he had to cut grass. When I returned home after running my errands my husband and our dog were sitting on the front porch drinking a glass of water. I walked out on the porch to sit with them a while and noticed that my husband had cut the grass but had left an area unmowed in the shape of a heart and had picked some wild flowers and placed them in the middle of the heart.
    I don’t know about you, but that means more to me than anything he could have bought.

    Thank you God for blessing me with this wonderful man. This man that came into my life when it was grey and colorless and opened my eyes and my heart to all of the color and beauty of life and love.
    A life with a Godly man that Helps me see the splendor of You every day. You are an awesome God.

  5. Linda T August 21, 2012 at 10:18 am #

    My favorite flower is the daffodil. At the first of appearance of daffodils every spring my husband on his way home from work would stop along the roadside and pick (steal) a handful from someone’s field. He died several years ago, but each spring when I see the first daffodil, I am reminded of his love and pursuit of me.

  6. Jacki Fasnacht August 21, 2012 at 10:40 am #

    Too-early morning yesterday I had to have a test at the hospital. My sweet husband of nearly forty years woke early, drove me and sat in the waiting room for four hours, then bought me a very vente coffee with a carmel walnut scone and drove me home before heading off, late, to work. God gave me a strong shelterman on a stormy day of testing.

  7. Donna August 21, 2012 at 10:48 am #

    I would like to tell you what happened over the weekend! My husband and I were away for a couple of days to celebrate our 39th wedding anniversary! As Dave and I were sitting in the restaurant about to order our anniversary dinner, we were thinking back to the day of our wedding. It was about the same time of day that our wedding started. As we were waiting on our server to return we started naming things we remembered about that special day. Then it happened…we hear the restaurant music strike a familiar chord in our pondering ears….”We’ve Only Just Begun” by the Carpenters was playing!!! That’s our wedding song!!!! We haven’t heard it in years and just as it would have been time for our wedding to start 39 years ago….today, sitting in a restaurant we hear once again…our song!! And…today, it brings another special meaning to us! Dave was diagnosed with cancer this past March. As Dave said when we heard the song …”it’s just another reminder that He is in it!”. God has been so faithful to stay right by our side through it all. And…God shows up again…so tenderly to tell us He loves us!

  8. cathy August 21, 2012 at 10:51 am #

    That is beautiful! I have been studying Romans 8 prayerfully and relentlessly. To be honest, this morning, I sat down to read my Bible and I was tired…so I set myself to cruise and started reading this devotional. I love how He reminds me it is about US… our relationship. Studying is very important but sometimes getting yourself back on track as the WHY we do it is crucial! Today, I am going to be looking for how He continually pursues me. I think I need this conversation with my husband. :O)

  9. cathy August 21, 2012 at 10:55 am #

    ps… It just hit me… Christ is always seeking His lost children. As a “FOUND” child, it is for the benefit of others that my relationship with Him is fresh and IN LOVE. Why so often single folk do not want to get married when they see old married couples not so “in love” anymore. So in my marriage and relationship with Christ I want freshness!

    • Meril August 25, 2012 at 2:36 am #

      Love that thought. Inspires a single girl like me. My desire is to find my “Boaz”..Since coming back to Christ I feel like I will
      loaning myself to my spouse.God expects me to be
      circumspect about who handles his stuff. I must be a good steward ,by looking for a good husbandman to take care of my vineyard.

  10. Kathy posey August 21, 2012 at 11:20 am #

    My husband is a wonderful man, but romantic he is not! Hoerver one day he wowed me, to some not necessarily romantic, but to me it was. I was burning the candle at both ends, working about 60 hours a week in my job, and photographing weddings on the weekends. After months of this routine I was exhausted beyond reason. One rare Saturday without anwedding to shoot, my husband got up early in the morning to clean the house, I mean really clean it. Then he puts some quiet music on the stereo, and tells me is going out for a couple of hours. I was very confused…and then the doorbell rang. A young woman was standing at my door with a massage table and a big smile! My dear man knew just what I needed!

  11. Judy Gillen August 21, 2012 at 11:28 am #

    My romance story,I am a farm girl from Pa..Married to my husband for 37 years. When we were first married he gave me a rose for each year . As children and finances got tight the tradition ended. But one anniversary,as he was working a field GOD tugged on his heart and he spied a patch of wild flowers in a fence row. Now farmers are always in a hurry this time of year, but still he stopped the tractor and picked those flowers for me . Best anniversary flowers every,I will never forget it..

  12. annie August 21, 2012 at 11:29 am #

    To die in order for me to be saved and that is JESUS. He died to win me. A D

  13. Agnes August 21, 2012 at 11:40 am #

    A surprise graduation party at a hotel by family

  14. Trish August 21, 2012 at 12:00 pm #

    After our meal at a nice, authentic Italian restaurant, my boyfriend suddenly stood up and moved to the piano where he sang, “Keeper of the Stars” to me. I was surprised! Then he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him and roses were brought to the table. When I looked around, many of the patrons of the restaurant were crying as they stood along the back wall as they watched and listened. A funny part of the story is that his mom was the pianist who accompanied him because the pianist who worked there couldn’t read music. After I said, “Yes,” I looked for her, but she was gone! She wanted it to be our moment and took off immediately when the song ended. She didn’t even know if I said, “Yes!” We have been married now for almost 17 years, and I still like being pursued and romanced–and sometimes he does it!

  15. Felicia Liddell August 21, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

    Good Morning , Sharon and thank you for your Words from God. I am sitting here having my coffee and reading your devotion when my precious husband just came in from taking the trash out and handed me a beautiful and fragrant gardenia. That was a true example of his “pursuit” and God’s presence. Your words made me recognize this so much more clearly. Blessings, Felicia Liddell

  16. Robin M August 21, 2012 at 12:07 pm #

    After being married for 24 years my husband still shows his love for his “bride”. When we were dating, he had roses delivered to a fancy resteraunt while we were dining. For an anniversary; he took me to a ball game and had the mascot deliver roses to me! He still reminds me of his love with a kiss before he leaves for work and when he returns home.
    Thank you for reminding me of how my Heavenly Father desires a relationship with me as well! I look outside and see His marvelous creation! The fog lifting from the trees in the back yard – the colors of the clouds as the sun rises – the birds, rabbits and squirels in the yard eating their morning meals… All this was provided by our Great Creator! He is always showing His love and mercy.

  17. Carissa August 21, 2012 at 12:15 pm #

    This romantic gesture came from my husbands best friend: let me explain-

    When I was 17 years old, I fell for my husband (of course we were just young friends and classmates at the time). After a series of conversations about our relationship, the ball was in my court. It was valentine’s day and I was desperate to get to the book store and buy him a book he had been wanting as a gesture saying, “Yes, I am ready for you,” but I thought of this at the last minute and had already committed to babysit that night.

    My husband’s Godly best friend, who was mature beyond his years, lived across the street from where I was babysitting; I told him my dilemma earlier in the day and much to my surprise, he arrived at the door with the book for my husband. He purchased it on my behalf and brought it to me so I could stop by my future husband’s house after babysitting and show him that I was ready for a relationship.

    And so, Two are better than one…

  18. Carissa August 21, 2012 at 12:15 pm #

    This romantic gesture came from my husband’s best friend: let me explain-

    When I was 17 years old, I fell for my husband (of course we were just young friends and classmates at the time). After a series of conversations about our relationship, the ball was in my court. It was valentine’s day and I was desperate to get to the book store and buy him a book he had been wanting as a gesture saying, “Yes, I am ready for you,” but I thought of this at the last minute and had already committed to babysit that night.

    My husband’s Godly best friend, who was mature beyond his years, lived across the street from where I was babysitting; I told him my dilemma earlier in the day and much to my surprise, he arrived at the door with the book for my husband. He purchased it on my behalf and brought it to me so I could stop by my future husband’s house after babysitting and show him that I was ready for a relationship.

    And so, Two are better than one…

    • Cathy August 21, 2012 at 4:11 pm #

      WOW!

  19. Pam S. August 21, 2012 at 12:24 pm #

    Valentines day 2012, my husband treated me to a mani-pedi, haircut, color and highlights. That was an awesome gift and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  20. SarahL August 21, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

    It is to be cherished, considered far more precious than rubies. It being loved for who I am and with no thought of changing me. It is when a man loves me like Christ loves the Church. That is true romance.

  21. Demaroge August 21, 2012 at 12:56 pm #

    I love when my husband stops everything just to look at me. He will look me in the eye and say, “I love you” or “you are so beautiful.” I know when he stops everything that he is taking a moment in time just to be with me…notice me….shut out everything else for a moment. Romance is a moment made special just for you.

  22. Christina August 21, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

    Well, I have to say, I found myself getting dreamily lost in some of the expressions of romance above. I am not married yet, but I do look forward to the feeling of being pursued by my future husband. My expression of romance might not strike someone like it strikes me, but I tell you, when it happens, It makes me feel as if I am on top of the world! I love when I am reading the bible in the morning, or going about my daily chores, and all of a sudden I flip to a scripture, or I hear a song on the radio and it just fits right in with whatever I am doing that day. Mrs. Jaynes, I was reading your post on August 14th, titled ‘ A Sudden Glory When God Makes Himself Known’. I was wowed as I read the devo because the email I had read before that was just that, a sudden glory, a shocking piece of good news that I really needed. I teared up because I felt your email was God’s way of saying, ‘ Trust me! I am with you, I am in control, and I love you!’

  23. Ellen Lukens August 21, 2012 at 1:06 pm #

    The most romantic gesture was from my Husband I was gone to do errands, and came back when I walked in the house there were a beautiful fragance of Liliacs throughout the house. My husband went and picked Liliacs, and put them in some vases around the house. That was so wonderful I still keep that memory of that in my heart til today. Sadly though were divorced now. However, through all that when all this happened the Lord was working in my heart, and today I can say that my relationship with Christ is so much stronger than ever before. I love the Lord with all my heart, and soul, and mind. My love verse is Deuteronomy 30: 20 That you may love the Lord your God that may you hear obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your Life, and the Length of your days. How awsome God is!!!!!!! He loves us so much……

  24. Kelly August 21, 2012 at 1:12 pm #

    Some mornings when I would leave the house to go to school or work, I’d find a grocery store bouquet of flowers with a hand-written love note on the windshield of my car.

  25. C Shugg August 21, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

    You guys may not consider this romantic-I DO! We use 1 fan and the ceiling fan mostly-on extra hot days he will just get the other one,plug it in and turn it towards where I’m sitting-sometimes asking me ‘Better’, sometimes just a quiet act of sweetness.

    • Sharon August 21, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

      That sound romantic to me!

  26. Kathy Dennis August 21, 2012 at 1:48 pm #

    We were young, I was a new mother, we didn’t have a extra dime. My husband was going to college, working 50+ hours a week, he would work the week-end having to sleep at his job, one day feeling down, my daughter and I came home to our tiny apt. and there on the kitchen table was a coke bottle with a red rose in it. Forty years later, many beautiful gifts of diamonds and so on, I still remember and can still see that one rose in a coke bottle! I can’t remember what he gave me for my birthday, but after 40 years I still remember the rose…..

  27. ketcheverria August 21, 2012 at 1:52 pm #

    I think was long ago when someone left an anonymous note on my desk at work that just said, “From your secret admirer.” And i never did learn who that secret admirer was.

  28. Dona August 21, 2012 at 1:59 pm #

    I loved this sharing this morning. I too get romanced by God with little newborn kittens surprising me as their mom moves them near my mediation porch and patio, two dear in the meadow behind my porch one morning not to long ago that I shared with friends. But sometimes on those gray foggy rainy days my eyes do not see the beauty that maybe God has brought because it is on those days that darkness seems to mount up or a problem arises from a dark source and I so forget to be aware of all the beauty and blessings. Thank you so much for reminding me to keep my heart and eyes open to the miracles and the greatness of God.
    Dona

  29. Linda Morgan August 21, 2012 at 2:03 pm #

    God romances me daily with the beauty of His creation all around me…the greatest creation being my daughter. I see my late husband in her and it keeps him close to me.

    I just got your book “A Sudden Glory” from the publisher to review…I’m so excited to get started reading it 🙂

    Have a blessed day, Sharon, my fellow GiG!

  30. Janae August 21, 2012 at 2:03 pm #

    I am a single 24 year old female. I’ve only ever “dated” once this pass year and it was more of a courtship. I have learned that I don’t need men on earth to get the fill of being pursued and romanced. (Don’t get me wrong, having a man pursue you is an AWESOME feeling too! 🙂 For several years now I have learned to set aside times every now and then to let God lead me. I have had several in my car, where I simply pray that He would guide me. Most of the time a song I need to hear comes on the radio, and He will lead me to something awesome happening in the area I didn’t know was happening, or quite a few times I would go through the drive thru and I would get extra of whatever I got! (love that!) There are also days, like recently, when I just go for a walk with no technology and let God show me His natural, beautiful creation. I love being able to just see on a daily basis how he pursues me and puts the things He knows I would swoon over, right in front of me! 🙂

  31. Paula August 21, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

    My husband truly has a servant’s heart. A shy, not partiicularly demonstrative guy but oh so devoted. Once when I was away for the day for a Ladies Siminar at a local church he did the most romantic thing. When I returned home he had gathered wheel barrow upon wheel barrow of creekstone from around our farm. He then constructed a short stone wall around my garden in the middle of the drive. When I drove in he was just finishing. I was surprised beyond words. He said sweetly, “I thought you would like it.” He doesn’t consider himself a romantic guy. I am truly blessed.

  32. Chelle August 21, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

    One of the most romantic moments to me came unexpectedly when I was complaining to my spouse one day about how cold I was at work. And like the loving person they just sat there, listened, and sympathized. On my lunch break I got a text to come outside. When I came outside there they were in the car with an electric heating blanket and said “Now you won’t be cold anymore.” 3 years ago and I will never forget. It brings a smile to my face everytime I think about it.

  33. Stephanie Olmsted August 21, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

    I love the conversation between you and your husband. I am going to ask.my husband the same question and I wonder what his reply will be. I will be looking for God talking to me.

    • Sharon August 21, 2012 at 3:48 pm #

      Girlfriend, I want to know what he says!

  34. Candice August 21, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

    At a young age the Lord placed a call on my life to be a wife and mother. I have spent many hours since then dreaming of my future husband and filling my hope chest. My senior year of high school I got involved in a bad relationship. Not only did it not glorify the Lord, but it was toxic to me. After a year of toxic yuck-the guy one day brought the relationship to an unexpected and abrupt end. I was so shocked and my heart was shattered. I quickly grabbed my bible and found a quiet place to be by myself. God showed up in that moment like only he can, showed me how He had spared both my heart and my life. Through a series of Scripture, time in prayer, and just being quiet before Him He sweetly romanced my heart by showing me that I need to be seeking Him first so that He can bring the right man into my life. It’s only been a few months since the break up-and it seems every day God finds a new way to rebuild and renew my heart and draw me closer to himself. I’ve never been romanced by God like this before..but these last few months have been a truly incredible and romantic experience!

  35. jules August 21, 2012 at 2:28 pm #

    I love your post today. I am still single but enjoyed how you phrased GOD pursing us… Yes I agree as women we long for that continual romantic pursing… Love how you illustrated GOD doing this and it’s so true… God’s love for us knows no bounds… Thanks for the post… loved it…

  36. Jacqueline August 21, 2012 at 2:37 pm #

    The most romantic thing my husband did to woe me was not kiss me until we were engaged. He respected my wishes to remain pure and I think that was so romantic of him – even after almost 8 years and 3 babies now after being married!! 😀

  37. Robyn August 21, 2012 at 2:38 pm #

    As a single person the romantic moments are null but I know that my God is waiting to always extravagantly show His live for me and constantly woos me.

  38. Susan August 21, 2012 at 3:08 pm #

    I so enjoy seeing the many ways God does pursue us. For me this week, he has sent Goldfinches to fly alongside me as I drive down my driveway to work. Occasionally, He flies in a Cardinal to join us! Yesterday afternoon it was the rolling clouds of a thunderstorm to remind me that as quickly as trials may come, they wll roll out, too. With Him, all things are possible!

  39. Angela Lankford August 21, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

    My most special romance moment was when my husband flew me to Alaska and took me on a sleigh ride through the snow!!! What a wonderful time we had, the scenery, the snow, the cuddling!!! He took me to places I had never been to and for that I am so greatful but like so many other husbands he is comfortable and feels that telling me he loves me is pursuing me. God has blessed me in so many ways and continues to do so daily. My husnband has his own ministry on facebook being a watchman and sharing God’s truth. He will share that with me and his excitement about Christ and His return and in return I feel Gods romance. That may sound funny but I do feel it through my husband and his excitment for God!!! When I recieve a hug from my two small children I feel Gods love. Waking up in the morning with the slight kiss of the Sonlight touching my face I feel His romance. We can feel it even in our deepest despair and that is what makes God so amazing to me!!!!

  40. Suzanne Toth August 21, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

    I was blessed with a wonderful husband for 13 years (he is now with the Lord) who made me feel loved and special (pursued me, if you will) by all the little daily things he did that added up to LOVE. Oh yes, once in a while he would bring home flowers “just because” but more than that, he would give me a kiss when he came home from work, take out the garbage when it needed to be taken out, pitch in to help with the kids or laundry – the list could go on and on. There are real blessings (and LOVE) in the mundane, little stuff of life! Treasure each one.

  41. Stacy August 21, 2012 at 3:47 pm #

    Over our dating years, my husband wrote many letters and poems, but the one romantic event that sticks out in my mind occurred on my birthday. We lived 2 hours away from each other and he had arranged to secretly visit me on that day. He arranged with Red Lobster to deliver drinks to me and a close friend of mine. I was so surprised! Such a romantic gesture. After the drinks were delivered, my friend left and we got to have dinner together for my birthday. It was such a special day! It was better than any other present I had ever received. He still is romantic, just in a different way. I still receive little notes throughout the house from time to time, poems, and songs written and sung just for me!

  42. Karen August 21, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

    A dear man bought me a special scarf to wear on my bald head as I was going thru chemo treatment.

  43. Melissa August 21, 2012 at 4:02 pm #

    My husband is a romantic man and has done many things over the years, but the one that comes to mind today happened over 20 years ago while we were dating. We had gone to a cookout at my best friend’s parents camp house which in on the river. I was wearing my new white leather Keds. Well, they got all muddy as it had recently rained. I was upset and knew my mother would be as well. When I got out of school the next afternoon and went to my car to head home, there was a shoe box in my seat with a note and a red rose on top of it. Inside that shoe box was a brand new pair of Keds to replace the ones I had ruined the night before. The note was sweet, and my car smelled like roses from the one long stemmed red rose he had left on top of the box. Sweet, sweet man! Our 21 year anniversary is coming up in September.

  44. Cathy August 21, 2012 at 4:05 pm #

    After having a not so good day, I got a call from my Husband (2b) asking me if I was “o.k.. He asked me that 3 times, I started to laugh and he quit asking. I guess he was satisfied! <3. It reminded me of when Jesus asked Simon Peter loved Him, not once, not twice, BUT 3 times! How Christlike is that? 100%! As for the Starbucks coffee you can keep it. This lady is a Tea totaler!

  45. Donna August 21, 2012 at 4:11 pm #

    He brought me a bouquet of wild flowers for not reason.

  46. ddalmas August 21, 2012 at 4:33 pm #

    Hubby will clean up and wash all the dishes if I’ll leave them long enough after cooking.

  47. Linda worley August 21, 2012 at 4:34 pm #

    My husband has shared many romantic times with me from taking me to my favorite restaurants to very special , heart warming gifts but one special time comes to my mind. I had been feeling bad for a few days & had walked out side. My husband asked me if I wanted to go for a ride with him – on the tractor ! I got on board, his arm around me, the sunlight warming me on the outside ,viewing the beauty of the fall season . We rode slowiy, said very little . I just soaked up his love !!!

  48. Candace August 21, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

    A gentleman friend of mine unexpectedly sat next to me at our friend’s wedding reception. When I mentioned I was cold to the others he so graciously placed his jacket around my shoulders. When I drunk the last drop of my punch he offered to get me more. When everyone got up to dance he came next to me and danced with me and we talked and laughed. As crazy as this sounds, I’ve never experienced ANY of this before. I’m a big girl so I was taken aback by his kindness and I thought it was so romantic. It was thru him that God whispered to me, “this is the way I desire for you to be treated.” 🙂

    • Linda August 21, 2012 at 8:26 pm #

      Oh my gosh!! This one made me cry. Thanks for sharing…it’s so sweet!!

      • Candace August 23, 2012 at 5:32 am #

        You’re welcome! 🙂 I am so blessed to have him as my friend. 🙂

  49. Lina Cardenas August 21, 2012 at 5:16 pm #

    My husband was never the romantic type but he will from time to time surprise me. It’s never been anything extravagant, it’s usually something small but sweet – sending me a text or two while I’m work saying that he’s thinking of me and loves me, a quick run to the 7-Eleven to get me coffee when we’re out, tidying up the house or just a look from across the room. Our marriage has its struggles but reaching our 25th anniversary this year was only possible through the grace of God!

  50. Bev August 21, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

    My Prince of Peace carried me through the threshold into a garden of love that never stops blooming!

  51. Ginger August 21, 2012 at 5:59 pm #

    The most romantic thing that a guy has told me was that he missed me. I had been so dead inside for so long and to missed was the most romantic thing I had ever heard.

  52. Martha August 21, 2012 at 6:08 pm #

    My 21 year old son is engaged to a real sweetie. I stopped in the middle of your devotion to share with him a few of your words of wisdom. “Never stop pursuing Rachyl.” Even after the “I dos” call her up and ask her out, send her a special card, or better yet, a hand written note with words only you can say. He smiled and said he does all that already. “Yes,” I continued, “but DON’T STOP DOING THOSE THINGS. The things she loves.” He cocked his head to one side and said, “Is that a woman thing?” “You bet it is!”

  53. Diane August 21, 2012 at 6:26 pm #

    My husband Andrew made me a swan origami invitation to celebrate Valentine’s Day with him when we were dating. It was elegant and I appreciated how he used his artist’s abilities to woe me!=)

  54. Joanna August 21, 2012 at 6:49 pm #

    My husband rubs my feet almost every night…he is the one that works outside all day and honestly I should be rubbing his. He loves to touch me, whether it is my feet, hands or just my shoulder 🙂

  55. Serafina MacDonald August 21, 2012 at 7:00 pm #

    When my husband and I first met he was just visiting the city where I lived. After that first week I thought I would never see him again, as he lived across the country. He told me that he promised we would see each other again. When I got home from work the next day there were a dozen roses waiting for me with a note that said, “I won’t break my promise.” We saw each other two weeks later and dated long distance for two years. We’ve been happily married for 23 years!

  56. Kristi W August 21, 2012 at 7:20 pm #

    My husband was much more romantic when we were dating with flowers, love notes, and voice mails to say he was thinking of me. But the most romantic thing he does every winter is to start my car and shovel a path in the snow to the door or insists on driving me to work when it is icy. He also helps cook & clean up – romance is still alive after 20 years!

  57. Toni Wortherly August 21, 2012 at 7:26 pm #

    It has been so long since I have been on a date that I don’t even remember what romance is like. But, this devotion was right on time, as I got hit with a major case of the lonelies last night. I prayed my way through, but this was a reminder to me that God is always pursuing me!

    Thanks and God bless,
    Toni
    http://elevatedvalues.weebly.com/2/post/2012/05/stop-in-the-name-of-love.html

  58. Bianca August 21, 2012 at 7:51 pm #

    Today I felt romanced by God even in my tedious and mudane office job~ God greets me with his love every morning, even when im just in periods of waiting~….God intentionally pursues me and will NEVER forget me…thank you father. adds to my healing

  59. Linda August 21, 2012 at 8:22 pm #

    Well, my husband is a very romantic guy. I’ll give two examples: He made a scrapbook of our first year together and filled it with things like pics from places we went, ticket stubs from movies and shows, cute notes that I had left him, etc. He gave the scrapbook to me on our first year anniversary. Another time, he made a homemade card for Valentine’s Day. In it, he listed “14 Things I Love About You”. Some things on the list were…he loved how my hair looked after I washed it, he loved how I put my hand on his knee when I’m driving and he’s in the passenger seat, and simple things like that. Talk about swoon!!

    As a side note: He’s also bought me some very pretty gifts….not too crazy, but nice and a couple a bit pricey. However, the “free” stuff is what I remember the most. It’s just straight from his heart! 🙂

  60. shoba August 21, 2012 at 8:27 pm #

    When I was in hospital expecting my first baby…my husband walked in late at night and kissed me on my forehead….lovely!

  61. Carrie August 21, 2012 at 8:36 pm #

    In the early morning hours, when everything is dark and quiet, I hear HIS voice telling me that I am not alone. The joy that is felt is beyond words. I know the LORD loves me and that makes life worth living.

  62. Vicki August 21, 2012 at 8:50 pm #

    After 35 yr with many ups and downs, my husband still refers to me as ‘his bride’ to others. It means a lot, as I think of all the times the Lord refers to us as “His bride”.
    Things like unloading the dishwasher after a long day at work, are romantic to me, because it costs him time and energy, which sometimes are more sacrificial than money!

  63. Nancy B August 21, 2012 at 10:45 pm #

    My precious husband and I were on a marriage retreat and it was my birthday that weekend. One of the gifts he did for me….As were were sitting there opening my gifts from him, he said “One More”. I was puzzled. He said “Take your wedding band off”. I did as he asked, then he said “Read the inside”. I read the inside (puzzled as I didn’t know how he did this without me knowing)….It read “Oh How I Love Thee 4/18/98” date of our wedding day….

  64. Jody August 21, 2012 at 11:53 pm #

    In the first few years of our marriage, my husband and I were on a very strict budget so I could stay at home with our child. We were living paycheck to paycheck. My husband wanted to get me something nice for my birthday, so he decided to sacrifice half of his lunch money so that he could save enough to buy me a necklace.
    I really liked the necklace he gave to me, but the sacrifice he made for me meant more to me than the gift. I treasure that necklace still today because of the love he showed to me.

  65. Lisa August 22, 2012 at 12:10 am #

    My husband surprised me one Christmas morning with a Mini Cooper in the driveway for me. He had bought it only two days prior and hidden it in his mother’s garage nearby. He woke very early that morning and drove my old car to exchane it with the Mini.

    To top that off, he wrapped the key inside of a discarded cardboard box where our new hot water heater had been, The key was taped inside the box in a tiny bag near the bottom. I had to reach all the way in after unwrapping this giant cardboard box.

    It was the surprise of a lifetime and the most romantic thing anyone has ever done for me.

  66. Jan August 22, 2012 at 12:11 am #

    My comment isn’t about a romantic event but pursuing. In addition to God’s constant pursuit of of I think we should always be pursuing Him. For our relationship to grow deeper and deeper with God, for our longings to be satisfied we need to join Him. Philippians 3:13 and following “I count not myself yet to have laid hold: but one thing I do, forgetting the things which are behind, and stretching forward to the things which are before, I press on toward the goal unto the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”

  67. Taryn August 22, 2012 at 12:56 am #

    My husband has a green thumb, and to relax he would spend hours outside grooming our lawn and garden. Some days felt as if he loved his spectacularly green lawn more than he loved me… until one morning early in our marriage. On this morning I woke to the familiar sound of the lawn mower, but instead of an hour long buzz, it stopped after just a few minutes. I then heard my husband breathlessly run up the stairs, he then pulled open the shades in our bedroom and stood proudly to the side as I gazed out the window. There in the front lawn I saw the sweetest thing, my husband had meticulously mowed a giant heart, followed by a huge “U”. He made sure it was centered so that when I looked out the window there would be no way I could miss his “love note”. While some may find this corny, it was a gesture I will never forget, and I will never forget the puffed up chest and the self satisfied look on his face either! I keep a picture of it to remind me of his love.

  68. pip August 22, 2012 at 1:35 am #

    After dating men who said one thing and did another,i was very sceptical when my husband asked me to marry him. This wonderful guy set out to prove how serious he was by asking me thrice, each time with more witnesses. And though I’m not the expressive kind, he more than makes up for that by telling and showing me how much he loves me. God has certainly blessed me and I’m so grateful.

  69. Sandy August 22, 2012 at 1:43 am #

    I love it when my husband randomly stops to get a single rose or some special treat and brings it home just because. It means so much more than a “Hallmark” holiday telling him it’s the “thing” to do on a specific day. I know that he put the extra thought and time into it! 🙂

  70. Sandy August 22, 2012 at 1:44 am #

    I love it when my husband randomly stops to get a single rose or some special treat and brings it home just because. It means so much more than a “Hallmark” holiday telling him it’s the “thing” to do on a specific day.

  71. Gail August 22, 2012 at 2:30 am #

    My husband is not what the world would call romantic. The simple things he does for me like calling me everyday at 12:03 during his lunch hour to tell me he loves me. Well to me is just so darn cute! My friends think it’s just the sweetest because he never misses a day. They also think that is just the the coolest because they can set their watch by his calls!

  72. Cindy August 22, 2012 at 3:47 am #

    The most romantic moment that exceeded anything my husband had ever done, was the time when my oldest daughter was going through a very painful divorce, i had just watched my son get on a bus to war, and felt very very alone. When one very depressing day, I went over to my daughters to water her parched garden, which was abviouisly well neglected. Thats when i noticed a gorgeous purple flower smack dab in the center of all the brown lifeless branches. Ahww, it actually took my breathe away. I just knew it was God and God alone who allowed me the blessing of seeing such a sight. It felt like he planted it just for me…..

    Thank you so much for you blog! i just love it !!

  73. Jan August 22, 2012 at 4:42 am #

    The most romantic thing that my husband has done for me happened when we were forced to move to another state due to changes in his job. I get lost very easily and we jokingly say that I am “directionally challenged”. To make my transition easier, he made a book for me with directions to every possible place that I might need to go in our new state. Fifteen years and three cars later, I still carry that book as a reminder of his love and care for me.

  74. tiff August 22, 2012 at 6:26 am #

    the other day, my bf was unusually quiet. i tried to cheer him up with funny stories, but he remained really quiet. i figured he just needed space, so we sat on the couch to watch tv. while watching tv, he would periodically hold me close and whisper “i like you”. i still don’t know what was bothering his heart, but just hearing him say those words reassured me that he knows everything will be okay beacuse i (and God) am by his side.

  75. Alisa August 22, 2012 at 7:11 am #

    My husband is not the most romantic kind of guy although his love for me is very strong. He is a very Godly man and I feel very blessed to have him as my husband. One of the most romantic things he ever did for me was on my birthday. He made breakfast for me in bed and brought it in on a tray to our bedroom. He made scrambled eggs,cut up fruit, toast, oj, and coffee. I felt like a princess waking up to an awesome smell of a homemade breakfast with so much love put into making it. It sounds very simple but it was better then any sort of fancy gift or fancy restaurant ,that I will never forget that day.

  76. Melissa August 22, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

    One Valentine’s Day, when money was tight, my husband came home with a large and lovely box of bright, cheerful Crayola crayons. Perfectly sharp, perfectly new. Beautiful. I swooned. You may think it is silly, but years before I had shared that the smell of freshly opened crayons in the fall always brings a gentle smile to my face. It takes me straight to a happy place of children and childhood. Greg remembered. It warmed my heart. He came very close to me and before a big and strong embrace he said, “I may not be able to buy you dozens of red roses, but I wanted you to have something lovely to smell on Valentine’s Day.”

  77. Annie August 22, 2012 at 1:26 pm #

    We all like to be pursued, not just by our mates but also by our friends. I believe there are different levels and kinds of pursuit. For us who are married, our mate doesn’t have to chase us the way he did when dating to show us we are the only one he cared to “get”. Now random acts of kindness, when we are least expecting it, confirm the fact that they belong to us by thinking of us and doing things we would enjoy..
    Being pursued by our friends means they make time for you, they make a point to call you not just when there is a need, or your birthday, but just because.. they want to spend time with you, laugh, have some coffee, do some shopping, ….
    My husband has done many things over the period of 24 years we have been married.. We just celebrated our anniversary 2 days ago..This time, though I knew we would go away for a few days, he chose to keep the destination as a surprise. He took me to a cute B&B we had been before and he knew I liked and had a relaxed time together..On the actual day of our celebration he asked the owner of the B&B to add some candles on my french toast that morning and sing happy anniversary.. To me that was sweet and unexpected..Anything unexpected that says you are special to me and you are on my mind and heart is a way of pursuit to me…Isn’t it how God does the same … when you are least expecting it? That’s what makes it even more special.

  78. Rachel August 22, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

    My husband has done many romantic things, but I think his marriage proposal is at the top of the list. It actually made the news! Here’s a link to the Wall Street Journal Photo Journal with a picture of the proposal if you wanna check it out. It’s the eighth photo down 🙂

    http://blogs.wsj.com/photojournal/2008/12/03/pictures-of-the-day-69/

  79. Jean August 22, 2012 at 2:43 pm #

    My dear friend of many years would often rub my tired, sore feet. I miss him. He has gone to a better place.

  80. Tina Fuchs August 22, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

    In my younger days I’ve been pursued by several young gentlemen, but never took it to heart until I met Bruce. I did the pursueing. Today we are married 44 years, but I believe today the Lord pursued us to be together. last friday I had my hair cut, and came home and my husband started to pursue me and I said do you llikle/? oh yes he said I looked different and he did this for 3 days now. I called my hairdresser and said I want my hair back my husband won’t leave me alone. That is what I love about God He never leaves me alone cause He said He would never leave nor forsake me. When I’m doing thisngs that I’m not supose to be doing He continues to love me and pursues me always.The most romantic thing my husband does is cook with me , sometimes. doest’t seem lilke much but for me it is a closeness that onlly I feel.

  81. Amy Fink August 23, 2012 at 4:01 am #

    I always feel God’s closeness 🙂 After reading this devotional, I paid extra close attention to God romancing me today. He did it in a big way!! I am single so no earthly man is currently romancing me but I have lots of family and friends who constantly make me feel special. I have been working lately on feeling loved by my parents. They are wonderful people who love me deeply. We just speak different love languages. I receive love by words of affirmation and they give love with gifts and quality time. They sent me a very special gift today! I recently moved into a new apartment with a very big back deck. The new apartment is significant because it is a fresh start after a period of instability due to a traumatic ending of a romantic relationship. My parents sent me a new grill for my new apartment!!!! It will fit perfectly on the big back deck 🙂 I am so thankful God uses people in our lives to show us that He is always there, always listening and always pursuing us! Thank You Lord <3

  82. Bernie McGinty August 24, 2012 at 3:16 am #

    On our eleventh anniversary, my husband sent me eleven long stem red roses to my work. All the girls wanted to know why there was only eleven and not the usual dozen. I told them it was one for each year we had been married. They thought it was the sweetest idea ever and I did, too. He has been with the Lord for nine years now. I still love him and miss him every day. He was so good to me and our children.

  83. melanie August 24, 2012 at 2:04 pm #

    My fiance and I are both 49 years old. We have been seeing each other for two years. He is the most romantic person I have ever been around. He left a box at my house the other day, I went through it alone… in that box was a keepsake of pretty much everything we have done together. Movie tickets, dinner receipts, arm bands, notes he had wrote about his love for me. All of that is very sweet and extremely romantic.. but the most romantic was I was having trouble sleeping one night so while on the phone together (he made up) this wonderful fairy tale story and continued to tell it to me until I fell asleep.

  84. Angela Silva August 25, 2012 at 11:26 am #

    My husband romanced me with one sentence the other day. We were talking about getting a safety deposit box to put our important papers in, including my mother’s will and things like that. I asked him, “Do you have anything that you want to keep and put in there”? He said, “No, you won’t fit”. This single statement romanced me! I could not stop smiling for the rest of the day and my heart just melted. It was a heartfelt statement that he made and I loved it! It took only a single statement.

  85. Michelle Devol August 25, 2012 at 3:34 pm #

    My husband and I have not been married for very long, the most romantic thing he has done for me so far was. When he asked me to marry me, he had someone divert me out the home for a few hours, so he could set-up the apt. When I finally got back home, there were rose petals walkway, leading up the steps to the bedroom, and then to the bathroom, the bedroom door was closed and there was a note that said, Stop here first. there was another short trail, to a bear, with a ballon tied to it saying “I LOVE YOU” then another short note stating I head to the bathroom now. As i walked into the bathroom, there was a note on the mirror, stating “Will you marry me?” My husband was kneeling one knee shaking with the ring in his hand. The other most romantic thing has not to do with my husband but with God, when I was going through a really rough time, due my miscarriage, god poured his love all over me, my sisters, and my parents and even my husband where all there for me, through the late night hospital runs, to the watching my son for me so I could rest due to the pain. God just reminded that he has a plan for me though I may not be able to see the end picture he can and it will be far more radiant than I could ever imagine.

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