Once again it is the season of celebrating love and within the next 24 hours there will be a frenzy of last minute gifts being bought…..but have we learned anything as of yet? Anything about what valentine’s day really represents or better yet how to best show love to our partners, family or friends? …Well, it is not too late to find out.
The history of Valentine’s Day and the story of its patron saint has long been celebrated in the month of February. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. As an expression of love we share chocolate, special dinners, or cards with our loved ones, some may even take special trips, buy flowers or more…Whatever you do this valentine’s day be sure to do it with the receivers love language in mind….The five Love Languages as noted by Pastor Gary Chapman are as follows;.
Gifts – Tangible and intangible items that make you feel appreciated or noticed. Acts of Service – Doing something helpful or kind for your partner. Quality Time – Engaging in an activity together. Physical Touch – Physical expressions of love, whether sexual or more platonic, such as holding hands, a back scratch, a hug, a kiss, or intercourse. Words of Affirmation – These are verbal expressions of care and affection.
By understanding your own love language and that of the people you love, it helps to encourage a deeper connection in your relationships. To learn more about love languages there’s a 10- to 15-minute quiz (see resource link below) to help identify primary love languages. To make this quarantined valentine’s day even more fun for you and your special someones., I have included a few ideas for keeping with a safe and enjoyable V-Day….. Plan a special breakfast (in bed)…….write special notes and set them in various places around your home, why not make it into a valentine’s day scavenger hunt (see instructions below) …or..order in, have a movie night with all romantic comedies or better yet a family movie…..what ever you do, do it with purpose and with LOVE…………HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY to you…. #janenotdoe
Resources: Resources: https://www.5lovelanguages.com/quizzes/
Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt: This Valentine’s Day scavenger hunt is super simple to setup. Simply create your own Valentine’s Day scavenger hunt riddles, hide them in the various locations around your home and give the hunter their first clue to start. Remember that each clue builds on the one before it…at the end of your clues or in the middle include small treats/inexpensive gifts to make the hunt more exciting.
1 John 4:7-12. Dear friends: let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.