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Your valentine from God (and 3 decorating tips)
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Marketta Gregory never meant to be a columnist. \x34I trained to be a newspaper reporter -- one who tried to her best to be objective. I covered religion for a few years and felt like it was the best job a curious woman like me could ever have. ...
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Marketta Gregory never meant to be a columnist. \x34I trained to be a newspaper reporter -- one who tried to her best to be objective. I covered religion for a few years and felt like it was the best job a curious woman like me could ever have. Every day I got to listen as people told me about the things that were most important to them, the things that were sacred. But the newspaper industry was changing and few papers could afford to have an army of speciality reporters. So, I moved to cover the suburbs where, as luck would have it, they have plenty of religion, too. Eventually, children came into the picture. One by birth and another two months later by foster care/adoption. I struggled to chase breaking news and be home at a decent hour, so I made the move to what we journalists call the dark side: I took a job in public relations. (Don't worry. I work for a great non-profit, so it's not dark at all.) When I gave my notice at the Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle, the executive editor asked me to consider writing a column on a freelance basis. She didn't want the newspaper to lose touch with its religious sources, and she still wanted consistent faith coverage. I was terrified. It took me about 10 months to get back to her with a solid plan and some sample columns. And so it began, this journey of opening up my heart to strangers.\x34
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By simplyfaithful
Feb. 7, 2013 12:01 a.m.



It’s hard to pick just one verse about love to put on the chalkboard in the kitchen. But this one… well, it seemed like the perfect valentine message for us all:

“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” — Romans 8:38-39

This Valentine’s Day, may you know that you are loved beyond measure and held by a love that never stops.

Want to celebrate? Here are three easy — and inexpensive ways — to add a little love to your home:

IMG_12281. We each drew or cut out hearts and put them in inexpensive frames. (I bought these about a year ago from the Dollar Tree and I just change the artwork out seasonally.) For the two younger boys, I drew hearts and they colored them in. These should help liven up our mantel.

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IMG_12412. Who doesn’t love the amazing pipe cleaner? With just a few twists and tugs, you can easily make this garland. (Some of my hearts are a bit crooked but don’t judge me.)

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IMG_12663. I’m a bit unconventional with my China cabinet. I try to put things in there that are meaningful and make me smile — but are not necessarily related to dining. For Valentine’s Day, I pulled together some pictures from our wedding, a Bible that Daddy gave to Mama the Christmas before they married, my grandma’s wedding rings and a figurine of an angel with “the greatest of these is love.”

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Do you have ideas to share, too?

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