My eight year old granddaughter was busy one evening creating a Valentine for her dad. She is well on the way to developing her ‘stick figures’ into cartoon characters. Her ‘masterpiece’ had grown into three pages portraying herself and her dad together in various life tasks….it ended with a loving message and a family portrait. After dinner, she got out the case of colored pencils to add color. What parent wouldn’t melt in response to such a gift…a Valentine money can’t buy, yet priceless.
If you extend your observance a bit, you can order some DVD presentations that feature love stories with a focus on the persecuted church. I recommend ‘The First Valentine’ and ‘Stephen’s Test of Faith’ – both of these family features available through Vision Video.
Create a large heart shape on a piece of poster board, draw in lines and print the I John passage from Part One of our blog. As family members succeed in memorizing it, phrase by phrase, you can cover the words with a highlighter pen.
Kids love to help make cookies or candy… a great weekend project. It could be roll-out sugar cookies in heart shapes or ‘no-bakes.’ Try covering half of pretzel rods with something sticky (peanut butter or melted chocolate) and rolling them in cookie crumbs, raisins, or finely grated coconut. Let these rest a bit to firm up and put them in plastic sandwich bags and tie with red ribbon. Do you have a neighbor nearby who would enjoy receiving something from your kitchen that you made with the kids?
John 13:34,35 Jesus said,“So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” What if Jesus had chosen you and your family as His closest followers – His disciples when He was here on earth? What difference would this make? How would this effect relationships within your family? Encourage each member to think about this and express their ideas by journaling, or by sketches and take some time to share these with each other. Pray together about the matters the Lord brings to your attention.
Consider making and delivering heart shaped messages to each other, completing the phrase, “To show how much I love you, I will…”
Subscribe to KidZ Kan for Families and spend time this month praying for children in El Salvador, continuing on each month with the new focus.
Here are two suggestions for books with a Valentine focus to read. For parents, How to Really Love Your Child by Ross Campbell. If your family is comprised of adults and teenagers, consider reading together Crazy Love by Francis Chan.
Of course we don’t stop loving one another when the Valentine month of February ends. This is a good time to get in the habit of sending ‘Valentines’ to our loving Heavenly Father and His beloved Son. Spend time finding worship music and other Bible passages that help you do this.
Finally, if you send us a comment or two, we’ll consider these Valentines! Many thanks.