Wednesday, February 16, 2011

This is worth it!

Oh my goodness! I just listened to an AWESOME podcast that I think you all should listen to. It's a Focus on the Family podcast with guest Lysa TerKeurst and it was so encouraging. We all need encouragement as moms, right? This woman is becoming a favorite of mine- so real and so walking with Jesus. You will be so glad you took the time to listen... okay, go NOW!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Celebrating God's Love

Clare Bloomfield

You've probably already mailed out your Valentines and bought your box of chocolates, but there is still time to make this Valentines Day meaningful for your children. These days with the help of the internet it is easier than ever to find ways to focus the meaning of Valentines Day on God's love instead of romantic love. What an awesome opportunity that gives us as moms. 

Here are some ideas you can use:
*list the fruits of the spirit (Gal. 5:22-23) on a tree with heart shaped apples
*make a banner of hearts and write out this verse: He has taken me to the banquet hall, and his banner over me is love. Song of Songs 2:4
*look up verses on love and discover why God loves us... why we should love God... and how we should love others
*a simple paper chain out of red, pink and white paper could be used to list the names of those you want to show love to and how you plan to do it. Example: Grandma~help weed garden, Neighbor~bring in trash can
*make cookies or brownies and deliver them to your neighbors
* I like this idea too, we might just do that today!

There are sooo many ideas out there. You just have to search a little and improvise if you don't have exactly the same materials- newspaper and magazines work well too. Remember, it's God's word that we want to hide in our children's heart. Romantic love is great... when you are married! We want to first set the foundation of God's love in their hearts and allow that to be the focus of this special occasion. Happy Valentine's Day!