Valentines Day is not a holiday I have ever given much attention. I’ve always felt we should show love everyday, and never saw the need for a big commercial fuss one day per year.
As the date approached I began to plan for the usual tasks of baking heart shaped cookies and making a valentine themed craft with the littles. As I scanned through pinterest I came across an idea that inspired me for a lesson on love.
Over my years of motherhood, I have come to recognize boys don’t naturally exhibit displays of love. Oh they would argue. They are happy to dole out an occasional punch in the arm, witty insult, elbow jab to the ribs or a hug so tight I fear a bone will break. Although that may be fine and good for the boys, Little Bear and I are failing to feel the love.
This week we talked about love languages. This was a familiar topic and the littles were quick to recall what they knew from a prior reading of A Perfect Pet for Peyton. We read 1 Corinthians 13, followed by creating our own list of what they understood love meant.
Their assignment for the week was to write a daily message for each sibling of why they loved them. I provided them with heart shaped paper and direction to leave the messages on their siblings’ doors. Although Little Bear was delighted, the boys were initially skeptical.
A couple of days into the week, and seeing the number of hearts growing on the doors, love began to abound. As the boys read the messages they received they beamed. They became much more excited to come up with words we girls found approving, and began leaving messages on mom and dads door as well.
Learning to communicate love is vital in friendships, family relationships and marriages. I believe families are built by God, and the selection of each member is no accident. As a family we are learning together how to love and be loved. We are responsible to love each other, every day of the year.
Love never fails…1 Cor. 13:8a
Discover your love language, or that of you child, at 5 Love Languages.