Valentine’s Day is next week, and on that day, many will return to the angst-filled days of grade school, wondering how many Scoobie Doo or Barbie valentines will get put in their construction paper heart. It can be a hard day no matter how old you are.
There’s no debating our hearts were created to receive love. God designed us that way. So when love feels absent, special days can magnify that ache.
The good news is, we can use these special days on the calendar to show love to each other. And, it doesn’t have to be romantic to bring cheer to someone’s heart. Just a simple gesture that says, “I remember you today” matters more than how fancy it is.
And speaking of fancy, in my devotion today, I wrote about not doing fancy very well. For so many years, that kept me from doing anything … well, that and having a completely overwhelmed life. But I’m at a point now where I need to overcome my wrong thinking that my gifts, or my actions have to be impressive. That’s not what matters to me. So why do I think it matters to others?
This Valentine’s Day I’m thinking of some simple gestures that can show God’s love through my love, and I wanted to share some ideas to jump-start your creativity. Maybe you’ll be inspired to reach out to those around you with a simple touch of kindness.
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For Those Who are Grieving
Do you know someone who has lost a loved one this year? Perhaps they might appreciate one of the following:
A card that says “I remember”
Their loved one’s favorite dessert
A photo you have of their loved one
Treat your Family to Red Breakfast
I shared this idea in my and Karen Ehman’s book Everyday Confetti. But I first learned of it from my friend Ginny. Every Valentine’s morning, Ginny prepares Red Breakfast. Her menu might change but there’s a consistent thread … it must have red in it.
Here are some ideas:
Cherry/strawberry yogurt parfaits (layer cherry/strawberry yogurt, granola, and sliced bananas)
Stawberry-Banana smoothie (we make ours with a cup of frozen sliced strawberries, one mashed banana, 1 cup non-fat milk and 2-4 teaspoons sweetener)
Omelets with red pepper, onion, ham and cheese
Love on Your Husband
If you haven’t “met” Sheila Wray Gregoire, I’d like to introduce you. I’ve met her once and wish our paths crossed more often. She’s got a great post on 25 Quick Ways to Show Love Your Husband Love.
Love Your Children with Words
I saw a great segment on the morning news about a father who has written a note on napkin and tucked it in his daughter’s lunchbox every day for years. Now he has cancer, and he’s writing out 826 napkin notes just in case he’s not there to do it himself. That’s one for every day until she graduates high school.
What could you do for your children on an ongoing basis? Could you text them encouraging messages? Write them letters? Maybe your children are small and you can record special memories in a journal. Or your children are grown and you can record some of your personal stories.
The written word is powerful and costs little. While I make my living behind a computer screen and writing with digital text, nothing compares to a handwritten note. Especially when I see the handwriting of my one of my grandmothers, or my father, who are no longer with me.
The bottom line is people just want to know you are thinking about them. So you’ve got a week and a half before Valentine’s Day. Start planning now to love on some people in your life.
P.S. If you are looking for more ideas about how to show love throughout the year, you might enjoy Everyday Confetti. It’s filled with ideas and recipes to use throughout the year.