A Magnificent Message in My Mail

Most Valentines arrive once a year on February 14th. But would you believe I received one nearly every day for three years? 

It all began as part of my plan to move to a city a thousand miles away. I had asked my friend who lives there to secure a post office box for me so I could begin forwarding my mail. That was a small, but needed detail to mark off my list. But the move itself was big in more ways than one. I was leaving a lot behind, including the burden of pleasing many "expecters." For years I had defined myself by the unhealthy expectations of others. Eventually I didn't have a clue who I really was. I had become the sum of their expectations. And with all my energy focused on pleasing others, my relationship with God suffered greatly. 

I wish I had known the truth of what John Ortberg writes in The Me I Want to Be: 
"My main job is to remain connected to God. When my primary focus is being present with him, everything else has a way of falling into place. When my primary focus becomes anything else, my inner vitality suffers, and I become a lesser version of myself....We never have to pretend with God, and genuine brokenness pleases God more than pretend spirituality. If I am ever going to become the me I want to be, I have to start by being honest about the me I am."  
In my new surroundings I hoped to do just that: prayerfully pull away the layers to reveal the Kim Jackson who was God's original idea. Thankfully, that’s what happened. As I spent time with God, he gently but powerfully showed me where my focus had gone askew. He used a variety of creative reminders to help me refocus, but none so specific, and certainly none so consistent, as the “Valentine” I received--from God, I believe--each time I picked up my mail. 

Remember my post office box, randomly chosen by the postal clerk upon my friend's request? It opened when the dial was rotated first to the letter "B", then to the letter "U." 


So no matter what type of mail came each day, the message I received was always this: "Dear Kim: Be you! Love, God." 

It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone. It’s in Christ that you, once you heard the truth and believed it (this Message of your salvation), found yourselves home free—signed, sealed and delivered by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:11-14 The Message).


  1. Hi Kim, that is so cool. Don't you love how God gets His message across so we can understand it? Great post and thanks for linking up
    God bless

    1. Yes, I do love God's creative ways of speaking to us! That's one reason I write this blog--to remind myself of His faithfulness, His ways past knowing, His intimate involvement in my life. Thanks for your encouragement, Tracy, and may God speak to you in amazing ways today!

  2. Beautiful story. Great wisdom and inspiration.
    Thanks for sharing this.
    Have a wonderful day,

    1. Thank you, Sherry. Isn't God amazing.... I love His creativity in communicating to us! Thanks for your encouragement, and may you hear from God today in a wonderfully wild way!

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    1. Gail, thank you for your encouragement, as always! I love sharing about God's creativity in communicating with me--you never know where He will "show up!" I think by writing these stories on my blog I have an even more heightened awareness of His intimate involvement in my life. That just makes me shake my head in wonder! God bless you BIG today, Gail!


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