Posts Tagged ‘Valentine’s Day’

Thankful for His Love

In case you haven’t heard, today is Valentine’s Day.  When I daydream about the tangible meaning of this special day, I conjure up mental pictures of the commercial traditions – candlelight, candy, flowers, greeting cards, and romantic dinners.  When I think about the holiday in the context of relationships, it’s all about love.

I love my husband.  I love my children.  I love my family.  I am thankful for the love that I have for all of them and for the love that I receive in return.  I am also thankful for God’s love.  I love Him!

His Word repeatedly tells us just how much He loves us.

John 3:16 (NIV)  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Romans 5:8 (NIV)  but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Galatians 2:20 (NIV)  I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me.

Father,

I can’t fully wrap my mind around just how much You love me.  Thank You for loving me despite who I am, what I’ve done, and where I’ve been.  I pray that You will help me to show and give love in a way that it brings glory to You.  In Jesus’ name, Amen!

CC

Lyrics

He is jealous for me,
Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree,
Bending beneath the weight of his wind and mercy.
When all of a sudden,
I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory,
And I realise just how beautiful You are,
And how great Your affections are for me.

And oh, how He loves us so,
Oh how He loves us,
How He loves us all

Yeah, He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves.
Yeah, He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves.

We are His portion and He is our prize,
Drawn to redemption by the grace in His eyes,
If grace is an ocean, we’re all sinking.
So Heaven meets earth like a unforseen kiss,
And my heart turns violently inside of my chest,
I don’t have time to maintain these regrets,
When I think about, the way…

He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves us,
Oh how He loves.
Yeah, He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves.

Whoa! how He loves us.
Whoa! how He loves us.
Whoa! how He loves.
Yeah, He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves.

Valentine Presents for Children

Valentine’s Day is most widely celebrated by couples.  We plan dates, get gussied up, exchange gifts, and hire a sitter before going out to paint the town red.  But what about the children?

Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day with your children?  If so, what are your family’s traditions?  I usually bake red velvet cake or cupcakes or make strawberry shortcake for dessert.  I also prepare gift bags for each child.  The items in the gift bag need not be expensive; I just fill them with small stuffed animals, candy, and other gifts (the $1 bin at Target is full of great items).  I give gifts to the children, because I want them to know that they are also my Valentines.

But I have a dilemma this year: whether or not to continue giving them gifts, and if so, what?  They are now teens and tweens, so the desserts, stuffed animals and special Valentine’s trinkets don’t have the same effect.  I’ve thought about buying a small token, such as bracelets or flowers for the girls and cologne for boys.  Or maybe even books for all of them.  I’m at a loss, but I want to do something that will have a lasting impact. 

So, here’s the thing that makes the most sense.  Writing love letters to each of them.  Yes, love letters.  Something that they can cherish for a lifetime.  Something that I would make with lots of love.  Something that they can go back and read when life’s harsh realities gets them down in the dumps.

Whatever it is that I choose, I have less than two full days to make it happen.

Share your ideas for celebrating Valentine’s Day with children.

Love to all!

CC

Valentine’s Day Craft Ideas

Looking for a way to tame cabin fever, have fun with the kids, and celebrate Valentine’s Day all at once?  Try these easy craft ideas that require little to no materials.

Bead Bracelets

These gifts are simple and inexpensive.  You’ll need:

  • Clear beading string (stretchy)
  • Red, white, and clear beads
  • Scissors

Simply cut clear beading string into 8″ lengths and add beads in whatever pattern your heart desires.  Once bracelet is at desired length, tie ends into triple knots and snip excess string.

Keepsake Box

Making your own  jewelry or keepsake box is a great way to pass the time when cabin fever has taken hold.  These inexpensive items can be purchased at your local crafts store.

  • Small wooden box (unfinished)
  • Wood paint (or spray paint for shorter drying time)
  • Stickers

Lightly sand the box to remove rough edges then add coat of paint.  Let paint dry completely before adding second coat.  Finally, decorate with stickers and/or paint festive designs onto box.  Viola!  A simple, personalized keepsake or jewelry box.

Paper Wreath

Materials needed:

  • Construction paper or card stock in traditional valentine colors
  • Glue or yarn

Draw heart template onto construction paper or card stock.  The firmer the template, the easier it is to trace.

Trace approximately 15 impressions of the heart template and cut from paper.

Decorate each heart with drawings or messages.

Line up the heart cutouts to form a circle and adhere with glue, or punch small holes (one on each side of heart) and string together with yarn. 

Hang finished wreath for everyone to see!

Word Search

Make a list of words that remind you of Valentine’s Day, then enter them into a free online word search puzzle maker, such as the one found at Discovery Education.  Print and search!

For an added seasonal touch, print word search on translucent paper (found in craft stores), then glue to red construction paper being sure to have a border for decorating purposes.