Loving Well: A Valentine’s Giveaway

It’s that time of year when love is in the air. Whether Valentine’s Day makes you giddy or makes you nauseous, there’s no stopping it. Flowers. Chocolates. Mushy, gushy Hallmark cards. They’re everywhere this time of year.

And whether you like that sort of stuff or not, I think we can all agree that underneath all the frills is something we can all get behind.

Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate love.

To do just that, I’ve joined forces with some awesome romance author friends to do a special LOVING WELL giveaway.


I was trying to decide which aspect of LOVING WELL I wanted to cover on my blog, and I think the one that hits home with me the most right now is LOVING WELL when life is distracting.

Can anybody else relate to that?

I don’t know about you, but life is hard. Not only are we going through some personal things that leave me wrung dry and distracted most days, my to-do list has grown into this unwieldy, frightening thing.

And I was thinking the other day, am I loving well in the midst of this season?

You know, I wish I could say that I was. But honestly, I think I fail more times than I succeed. To which all I can say is thank the Good Lord for His grace. He truly lavishes it on me.

My point?

This post is every bit as much for me as it is for any of you on the other side of the screen.

So without further ado, here are three super simple things that can help us all love well when life is distracting:


This word shows up 71 times in the Bible, and many theologians agree that the word means To Pause. I just love that, don’t you? It’s such a great and simple thing to do, and believe it or not, I’m a strong believer that pausing helps us love better. It gives us a chance to take a  breath and consider the people God has blessed us with. Sometimes in the hustle and bustle of life, we forget. Sometimes, the first step to loving well is simply remembering that we aren’t alone in our busy bubble. As we pause, as we selah, why not take a moment to think of one or two simple things we can do to show our people love?

Eye Contact

Oh, you guys. I need to remember this! My six year old son grabbed my face the other day and said, “Mommy, just look at me!” Talk about a knife to the heart. I had been staring at my computer screen, trying to squeeze in a few more things. He was in the room talking and I was nodding and making all the appropriate “I’m listening” sounds. But I wasn’t really. There’s a time for multi-tasking. And then there’s a time to stop. Let’s remember to carve out small moments throughout the day to give our people our full, undivided attention.

Look Out

And I don’t mean, “Look out, there’s a ball flying at your face!” I mean look outside of yourself. This goes along with taking a pause. I don’t know about you, but in the midst of  stress and consuming life circumstances, I often forget that other people are struggling too. We can get so introverted in our hardship, can’t we? There is something so freeing about taking the focus off ourselves and our problems, and looking out. Realizing, as you selah, and as you make actual eye contact with people, that they have hurts, too. They have stress. They have burdens. Offer a hug. A hand squeeze. A prayer for a friend you  haven’t seen in or talked to in awhile. If you have the time, offer a listening ear. It’s one of the best ways to love well.

What simple things do you do that help you love well?

Be sure to visit each of the Valentine’s Giveaway blog stops and you’ll be able to collect a word on each page that will add up to a ‘secret sentence’ by the final stop.  Enter the sentence into the entry box at the final stop and be entered to win a special prize.

My word is WELL.

 Upcoming Blog Hop Stops:

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34 thoughts on “Loving Well: A Valentine’s Giveaway

  1. Jackie Robertson

    would love to win/read!

  2. Saying no to being busy. That’s how I love my family!

  3. Susan Floyd Fletcher

    I try to show my love by doing for others in special ways.

    1. Katie Ganshert

      Love that Susan!

  4. Lori P

    Keeping my focus on God helps me love well.

    1. Katie Ganshert

      Me too!!

  5. Tina H.

    Thank you for the great giveaway.

    1. Katie Ganshert

      You’re welcome, Tina!

  6. Selah! Oh, how that struck me, Katie. As did your other encouragements to make eye contact and to look outward. Clearly, God is nudging me about the very same things.

    1. Katie Ganshert

      At least we’re not alone, ay? Love you, friend!

  7. I always love these giveaway contests. Thanks for hosting.

    1. Katie Ganshert

      Our pleasure, Claudia!

  8. Loving well! I like what you said about eye contact. Really listening and looking at people when they talk to you shows that you care about them and what they’re saying.

    1. Katie Ganshert

      Glad it resonated, Shirley!

  9. Katrina Epperson

    A great giveaway! Praying and reading the Bible with friends.

    1. Katie Ganshert

      I do this with a really dear friend too and she is probably the best friend I could ever have because of it.

  10. Sparksofember

    I’ve been know to do the same thing to my daughter. I have to turn away from the screen to give her my attention.

    1. Katie Ganshert

      Glad I’m not alone! Eye contact. I want my son to know my eyes. 🙂

  11. Caryl Kane

    Setting the Lord in is His rightful place as Lord in my life by spending time in His presence, Word and worship. Katie thank you for sharing practical applications to LOVE WELL.

    1. Katie Ganshert

      Thank you for stopping by Caryl, and for the wonderful reminder of putting the Lord in His rightful place. When He’s Lord of our hearts, our hearts have an easier time loving. At least mine does!

  12. Shelia Hall

    By studying the Bible and prayer

    1. Katie Ganshert

      It’s amazing what being in the Word can do for us when it comes to loving others, isn’t it?

  13. Thanks for the giveaway! Happy February!

    1. Katie Ganshert

      You too, Cindy!

  14. Thanks for the chance to win

    1. Katie Ganshert

      You’re most welcome!

  15. Charlyn

    i tweeted on iPad and don’t know how to put a URL on the raffle copter page.

    1. Katie Ganshert

      That’s okay Charlyn, I’ll see this comment and know you did it!

  16. Great post and great reminders, Katie!

    1. Katie Ganshert

      Thanks girl!

  17. Debbie

    Spending Time In Prayer With Family And Friends Who Need It.

    1. Katie Ganshert

      Yes, prayer WITH family! Love that Debbie!

      1. Debbie

        Thanks, because they are one of the best gifts from God.

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