It is hard to believe that Valentines Day is one week from today already! I love this holiday and last year I shared some simple ways to celebrate with morning treats, a really easy craft to decorate and a little family devotional. So this year I thought I would take on sharing some cute outfits, gifts for littles and another devotional!
WHAT TO WEAR
WHAT TO GIVE
We try not to overdo it on gifts, but I love an excuse to give our girls a little something and we are always looking for new books. So I wanted to share a few of my favorites that I’ve found (and they are all available on Amazon Prime so it’s not too late)!
Devotional: This is a great, short daily devotional for kids. It has cute pictures and is an easy read with a scripture and short prayer. Hadley looks forward to doing it and is an easy thing to keep on the dinner table to do at breakfast or dinner! It can also lead to great discussion.
It Will Be Ok Book: This might just be my most favorite book that my girls have. It is so beautiful, encouraging and impactful. It also leads to great discussion to explain the parallel of the farmer to God. Take note – you will likely not have a dry eye the first time you read it. But it is so worth it!
Hedgehugs: This is a lighthearted, adorable book I ran across in the Nashville airport last year and grabbed for the girls for Valentines. It’s recently started being sold at Target, and i think you’ll love the ending!
WHAT TO FOCUS ON
An holiday that gives us all an excuse to go out on a date with our space, (hopefully) get some flowers or chocolates and send our kids off to school for parties with little notes from their friends is fun. It’s fun to celebrate love! But as cheesy as this may sound, we can’t forget the root of it all, the One who loves unconditionally, and what He calls us to.
Last week I shared on my Instagram that I was challenged at a church event to love my neighbor as myself, really. And I wanted to extend this simple little devotional to you to consider doing with your family this Valentine’s Day.
‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this, love your neighbor as yourself.’ Mark 12:30-31
Loving people we like comes easily, and a lot of times we do it without thinking. It feels good because likely, they love us back. But what about the people we have unresolved conflict with? Or the person who has hurt you? Speaking for myself, loving them doesn’t come as easily. Spend some time talking with your kids about how ‘loving our neighbor’ isn’t just about the people in the house next door, but it’s about all people. The person that cleans the toilets at their school and the principal. The person who opens the door for you at the grocery store and the person who cut you off in the parking lot. We are called to love them, as we love ourselves.
And the only reason we have any idea how to do that is because God first loved us, and Jesus is a shining example to us!
Hope that helps give you some ideas for how to celebrate Valentine’s Day next week. Thank you so much for stopping by.