"Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." (1 Samuel 16:7)

It couldn't be this season again. "Already?", I questioned. "Seems like just a month ago we celebrated this holiday. Can't be a year has passed!"

There would be some extra planning and work involved, yet I was excited about being together with family members. My mind drifted to the relatives who would be joining us. Some we saw often, others hardly ever. Maybe weddings and funerals.

As I pictured each person, I thought when it comes to friends and relatives, and relationships with them, it's not always about how much time we spend together. Being together is important for sure. But the main thing seems to be if you just like them or not, and they, you. The connection is not always rational; it’s a thing of the heart.

Like my husband's aunt. We hit it off from the moment we met, many years ago. We seldom saw one another, and though she has gone to be with the Lord, to this day I think of her with great affection. A thing of the heart.

God may have made you smart, handsome, talented, pretty, or funny. But that is not why He loves you. He loves you because you are YOU. He loves your heart...with all of His heart.

It's a thing of the heart, and that is good news.

Inspirational messages, Sally I. Kennedy ©2013