Valentines is much more than cute bears and couples on dates.
I want to teach my kids that it’s about friendship, compassion, and unconditional love.
Finding a way to teach them about - loving words - loving thoughts - loving actions feels like a never ending task. But I know it’s a worthwhile one.
This morning, my kids and I read In Genesis about how God spoke and created the world.
Our words can create too - we can create life or death with the power of our speech. Proverbs 18:21
I want to teach them that words echo - we see it when we hold grudges and get mad at each other - so we need to make sure our words are echoing love.
Speaking love into others.
I feel I spend so much of my week putting out fights and fires between my kids.
The arguments, the bickering, the competing, the shouting echoing my hallway.
I was so over it, am so over it, so I needed a productive fuel for my frustration.
I needed to create something. So we called them, Love Trumpets.
I want my kids to speak LIFE.
For it to be loud.
For it to echo.
For eternity to rest upon their lips.
And turn their shouts of frustration into creativity, and shouts of praise.
I want to practice speaking love so that when Valentine’s comes around, it’s already pouring out of them.
Luke 6:45 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart… For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.
This is my prayer, that my cubs would be full of the love of God in their hearts that it overflows on to others.
If you need a creative tool like this too, here’s how you make one.
All you’ll need for this craft:
Paint we used @kwikstixpaint
Accessories like buttons
Craft stick to give the heart a back bone and make it strong.
What to do:
Cut your paper plate into a heart shape
Paint the heart, decorate with extra pieces - buttons or washi tape!
Staple it to the toilet roll
If the plate is too flimsy - glue a craft stick to the back.
Give your cubs a strong heart and teach them how to speak with love 💝 They could have all the skills and talents and grades and gifts in the world, but if they do not speak with love (1 Corinthians 13) it is nothing.
So let’s teach them another way to view Valentines this year. A time to blast each other with encouragement and comfort, being rooted in love of God to pour out into the world around them.
I gave them permission to shout loud, and they shouted it over and over:
SPEAK LOVE! SPEAK LOVE! SPEAK LOVE!
They even turned it into a song. It was music to my ears.
Hebrews 10:25 - Do not get tired of meeting together…and encouraging each other.
This is one of my goals for my parenting: to raise kids with kind hearts who speak God’s love to encourage others.
*Have this craft to teach the kids to use their words to speak praise to God:
Psalm 34:1 I will extol the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips
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Happy Valentines every one, may love be ever on your lips.