Candy. Chocolate. Hearts. Flowers. Gifts.
What’s not to like?
Yet actually, I’m not a huge fan of Valentine’s Day.
The overly romanticized event where we feel entitled to be swooned, showered with candy, dinners, gifts, kisses, love letters, etc…
I know, I know, but don’t give up on me just yet.
I do love LOVE.
And I’m pretty jazzed about celebrating it THIS February.
Rather than focusing on what someone else should do for me, I’m going to focus on what someone, (cough) the God of the universe, has already done. For every single one of us.
Sending His only son to die on a cross. To forgive us for all of our junk. Crazy love, indeed!
It’s nothing I could have ever dreamed up. Nothing I would have ever thought to ask for. And yet everything I need.
That’s the kind of thing I can celebrate.
And that’s just the kind I’m gonna.
How about diving into February with love as our mission?
Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It is not rude, it is not self-seeking,
it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts,
always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.
1 Corinthians 13: 4-8a
I know we’ve heard it many times before. But do we know it? Our kids?
To know it is the first step to living it more fully, and to show the beautiful, sweet love that He first showed us.
We can do it! I’ve got some great resources and cutesy stuff for us to use. Cutesy, that’s right, I said it!
It lists the day and the words to memorize for each day. I’m going to print it and put it on my fridge as my daily reference.
I like a little movement with my memorization and I think the kids do too. So, I recommend learning the sign language along with the words. (Click here for an online signing resource.)
You’ll be amazed how easy it is. And, you’ll see how much you can use the signs later when asking the kids to be loving…or my favorite…to be patient!
As we go along each day, I’ll update our facebook page with the word and sign for the day. A good reminder and encouragement, I hope.
(Thank you, Kelly, for your blogpost and talent!)
And in case that wasn’t enough cutesy stuff for you, below are two other free love printables that are great.
Can’t wait to share in this new Valentine tradition with you…nibbling on the sweetness of what God’s love is.
And then to begin to live more like it each day going forward.
Pretty sure that’s sweeter than any box of chocolates or candy hearts.
Hope you’ll join us!
Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! – Sundee McDonald