Saturday, February 1, 2014

Valentines From God

Hi friends!  It is that time of year again!  I will be doing my usual Fourteen Days of Valentines with my children.  What a wonderful excuse to fill up those little love pots even more!  This year, though, I wanted to make it even a little more special.

Last year the idea occurred to me to add Bible verses to our activities, but I had already started.  I just kept the idea tucked away for this year.

One day this past week, my little one woke me up really early, and I couldn't go back to sleep.  I then took the opportunity to prepare all my hearts and verses for our Valentine activities.  I have found it is much easier to do everything ahead of time so that at the end of a tiring day I don't suddenly remember I don't have valentines ready for the following day!  I have two children, so I cut out 28 small hearts for their individual small valentines, 28 larger hearts for their individual, daily love messages, and 14 hearts for our Valentines from God.  I will be sharing about the individual valentines later, but today, I wanted to focus on the Valentines From God aspect of our activities for February.

Have you ever noticed the Bible is full of messages of love from God?  ;) I want to instill in my children that He is the author of love, He is love.  For each of the the 14 Days of Valentines, I have a verse of love written on a heart for my children to discover when they wake up.  I will list our verses at the end of this post.  This is today's verse.

My goal is for us to practice and memorize throughout the day the verses we don't know.  Younger children may need a shortened form of the verses.  I want my children to know I love them, but even more, I want my children to know God loves them with an everlasting love!

I had a hard time picking just fourteen verses, but I finally narrowed my list down to these verses:
Jeremiah 31:3
John 3:16
John 15:12
John 15:9
1 John 3:1
Psalm 145:20
Proverbs 8:17
Proverbs 10:12
Zeph. 3:17
Matthew 22:39
Mark 12:30
John 15:10
Romans 5:8
Romans 8:35-39

Update:  These are a few others that I have read since I wrote this post and thought I might add to the list:
Exodus 15:13
1 Chronicles 16:34
Psalm 13:5
Romans 5:5

Don't forget, it is a great idea to look these verses up with your children and read the whole chapter with them.  It is a great way to discuss and learn about the Bible, history, and God's love with them.

Are you doing anything special to celebrate Valentine's Day?  I would love to hear your ideas!

Until we meet again, may you be blessed!

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