5 Ways To Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Family
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.” – 1 John 4:7
Valentine’s Day is traditionally celebrated for romantic love and admiration with your significant other. However, this annual festival is also a great opportunity to show your love and appreciation to the most precious people around you, which is your family. So, make them feel loved and adored this Valentine’s Day by doing these simple ways.
Make them breakfast.
“Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord.” – John 21:12
Wake up extra early this coming Valentine’s Day and prepare some healthy breakfast for the whole family. “She wakes up early in the morning, cooks food for her family, and gives the servants their share.” – Proverbs 31:15. Make them feel special and loved by making their favorite breakfast such as green smoothies, a cup of coffee, hot chocolate, pancake, cereals or oatmeal topped with different kinds of berries. “And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.” – Genesis 1:29
“May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus.” – Romans 15:5
Let them know that they are loved and appreciated by writing notes or sending cards to them. Express your gratitude to your parents for raising you well, tell your kids how precious they are and thank them for being a great blessing from God. “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” – John 13:34-35. Send encouraging emails or text messages to your husband, appreciate your pastor’s ministry and tell them how thankful you are to have them in your life. “I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Corinthians 1:4
Bring them closer to God.
“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” – James 4:8
Share the gospel to everyone and bring them closer to God by giving them gifts this Valentine’s Day such as a Bible journaling kit, a devotional planner or the Bible. You can also invite your family for an afternoon faith-filled tea time where you can have a devotion with God. “Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before Him with joyful singing.” – Psalm 100:2. Pray, enjoy God’s Presence with them and let the love of God shine in your midst. Spend more time at home and make Valentine crafts with your children, such as cards, garland and other decorations. You can also write some Bible verses about love in your Valentine’s greeting cards to share about the true meaning of love and God’s love for mankind. “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16
Have a family photo shoot.
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” – Psalm 139:14
When was the last time you had your photos taken with the whole family? Well, this Valentine’s day is a great day to have a family photo shoot — have a theme for your photograph or wear matching sweatshirts and give your best smile with them. “Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight.” – Romans 12:16. Also, if you are doing your photo shoot outdoors, make sure to bundle up for the weather. Choose your best family photo and display it in your living room. These photos will also remind you of your happy memories with each other. “How happy your people must be! How happy your officials, who continually stand before you and hear your wisdom!” – 2 Chronicles 9:7
Give them meaningful gifts.
“Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord your God that he has given you.” – Deuteronomy 16:17
Lastly, know your loved one’s interest and get them gifts. If your kids love reading books, give them Bible story books to ignite their faith or an Illustrating Bible to boost their creativity. Give your wife a bouquet or if she loves growing plants — give her a potting kit or a flowering plant. Think of the things that your spouse will love such a Heart necklace, meal planner or a devotional planner for women. “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” – 2 Corinthians 5:20. Give them meaningful gifts that can grow their faith or give them your undivided attention and time. Make a DIY coupon book for your family where you will do some stuff that they will surely like such as cleaning the house, massaging your parent’s feet, washing the laundry or a free wish for them. “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” – Hebrews 13:16