Daily Truth: “Yeah, I have loved thee with an everlasting love.” Jeremiah 31:3
Love is in the air. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.
Remember Valentine’s Day B.C. (before children)? It was all about you and your true love.
And then along came children.
Now that we have four delightful children, Valentine’s Day has become more about the family than just about my hubs and I.
Really, many reasons have factored into that. Babysitter’s are at a premium. The restaurants we like to go to only serve a “Valentine’s Meal” (way over priced) or have been booked for awhile.
We opt to go out another night instead.
Don’t get me wrong – my true love knows that roses are still a must on Valentine’s Day even though we spend it with the kiddos.
So, here are some ideas on how to make Valentine’s Day fun for you, your true love, and your little true loves.
1. Do a themed Valentine’s meal. This year the kids really want to see the sequel to a certain spaghetti movie. I succumbed and got the DVD. Dinner will be none other than a spaghetti dinner. Dessert will be cupcakes from our local cupcake store (mile high frosting fits with the theme). Then we will cuddle up on the couch and watch the movie.
Pick a theme your kiddos love and run with it. It always makes the meal go much easier too.
2. This idea I got from my son’s preschool teacher. Help your kiddos make heart shaped mailboxes out of paper plates. You and your hubs could make one too. Then have everyone write love notes and put them in the mailboxes. You could also use decorated brown paper bags.
3. Make Valentine’s by using conversation candies. You can do this one of two ways. For the little guys, have them glue on the hearts with a glue stick onto construction paper. You could make a Valentine for your little love by using the words on the hearts. Sort of like a Valentine’s Mad Lib.
4. Make Valentine’s by using the kiddos hand prints. This is one that grandparents would love and could be kept. Cut out a heart out of construction paper large enough for your child’s hand. Get red and white washable paint. Paint one hand red and the other white. Gently place your child’s hand on the paper. Nothing says “Love” like a child’s hand print.
5. Make a Valentine center piece. My friend came up with this idea for a Valentine’s Day class party. Get a glass jar, fill it part full with conversation hearts, and stick in some heart flower fillers. Makes a great centerpiece and it’s edible. You can use the conversation hearts as prizes. You can make the heart shaped flower fillers by using straws and taping the hearts onto the straws. The hearts could be made by your little kiddos.
6. Have a pizza night. Make the dough into a heart shape. Have the kids help “decorate” the pizza. Enjoy a love filled dinner.
There are just a plethora of ideas out there to help you with Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Day is a good time to remind our children and ourselves who demonstrated the ultimate show of love for us – Jesus Christ. You can do this by using hearts.
Cut out a red, white, and black heart.
The black heart represents our sin. It is our sin that causes us not to be able to go to Heaven or to love like God loves. Romans 6:23
The white heart represents what God does for us when we ask Him to forgive us of our sins. He washes our hearts white as snow. Isaiah 1:18
Valentine’s Day is a good time for us mom’s to reflect on what love really is. I Corinthians 13 gives a checklist for us.
1. Do I speak with love or am I sounding brass?
2. Is my faith filled and demonstrates love?
3. So my works show love to others?
4. Am I patient?
5. Am I kind?
6. Am I glad for other’s when they receive blessings?
7. Am I humble?
8. Do I behave myself wisely?
9. Do I strive to make others look good without receiving any glory?
10. Do I get angry easily?
11. Do I look for the good in others?
12. Do I rejoice in truth?
13. Do I bear all things God gives with love?
14. Do I believe all things in His Word?
15. Do I hope in all His promises?
16. Do I endure all God sends my way?
That’s a LONG and CONVICTING checklist. Yet, all those things shows God’s love to others.
Do we show God’s love to our families?
Until next week,