Valentine Cards for 2013

 

My parents used to run several Hallmark stores in our area.  All growing up, Valentine’s Day was a big day for us to pick out the cards that said just the right thing for each sibling.  We would swap them at the dinner table and read the encouraging & loving words, that were sometimes too hard to say the other 364 days of the year.

Since they sold their last store a few years ago, we started making our own cards.  Card making has become an even more valuable tradition!  All the ladies get together in every free moment we have for a whole week, sharing products and ideas, and making memories together.  It is so rewarding to create something, know that it’s from the heart, and delivered to build each other up.

For anyone who makes their own Valentine’s, I thought I would post a sampling of mine this year to inspire you!  For a lot of them, I used the same basic structure, but used different papers, twine, and images.

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A Fabulous February Challenge

I just spent most of all of my January pondering the possibilities Valentine’s Day will bring this year.  Should Tap and I stay in? or go out? Are gifts to be bought or is there a more meaningful way to celebrate?  Amidst all my questions a thought stood out: An intentional day with one’s husband sounds like the perfect medicine for any marriage – whether failing, succeeding, or merely maintaining.  However, all of this thinking led me to a bigger idea.

Valentine’s Day, like so many other holidays, should be celebrated throughout the year- and throughout one’s life.  This February I have decided to be intentional everyday, from the first to the twenty-eighth, to show love to my neighbor.  Afterall, when our Lord and Saviour was asked “What is the greatest commandment?”

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Matthew 22:37-40

Mark 12:34 even states that understanding this principle, means “You are not far from the Kingdom of God.”  How wonderful it is to be close to His Kingdom and close to dwell in His presence!!

Therefore, I want to challenge you to do the same!  Take this love month to focus on loving your God.  Study the true meaning of worship, learn how to practice worship in all aspects of your life.  Get to know your first love through reading the Bible.  Then turn your love to all your neighbors.  Write a letter to someone you admire, who has encouraged you, or who you struggle to love.  Ding Dong Ditch a tasty little treat basket, or pour your time into someone else’s heart and soul.

SIMPLY.LOVE.

 

What are some ways that you are showing love this February?