Puzzling over Valentine’s Day

 

I found this cute puzzle card for my mom last week. Even though she says she does NOT like heart decorations, I am hoping she will love it because she is a jigsaw puzzle nut.

It is a dilemma isn’t it–what to do for Valentine’s Day for others?  It’s seen as a day for sweethearts, but the holiday has spread way beyond that scope.

 

 

Here are some FREE ideas to share love with others, based on 1 Corinthians 13 . . . and please know, these ideas are for ME to work on, too!

  • “Love is patient . . . ”
    • Let someone else go in front of you at the checkout line.
    • Pray while you’re waiting for someone, instead of yelling “Hurry up!”
  • “Love is kind . . . ”
    • Share your takeout lunch with someone in need.
    • Hold a door open for someone.
  • “[Love] does not envy . . . ”
    • Celebrate with your friend when she loses weight.
    • Compliment your neighbor on his new car.
  • “[Love] does not boast . . . ”
    • Keep at lease some of your kids’ successes to yourself.
    • Be thankful and silent about your own achievement.
  • “[Love] is not self-seeking . . . ”
    • Let another couple be seated first in the restaurant.
    • Defer to your spouse’s preference in a purchase.
  • “[Love] is not easily angered . . . ”
    • Put yourself in the other person’s shoes.
    • Breathe, count to ten, and stay silent instead of reacting.
  • “[Love] keeps no record of wrongs . . . ”
    • Forgive someone who has offended you.
    • Send a “thinking of you” note with a few kind words to that person.
  • “Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth . . . ”
    • Speak up for someone who has been mistreated.
    • Weigh your words and speak gracefully.
  • “It always protects . . . ”
    • Speak highly of your spouse.
    • Look out for your elders.
  • “[Love] always trusts . . . ”
    • Tell your spouse you trust him or her.
    • Believe the best about those close to you.
  • “[Love] always hopes . . . ”
    • Pray without ceasing for those you love.
    • Put those people in God’s care.
  • “[Love] always perseveres.”
    • Don’t give up on your loved ones.
    • Stay in touch with your family and friends.
  • “Love never fails.”
    • Love even when it hurts.
    • Give of your heart and resources generously.

Praying you are blessed this season with God’s favor and love!

 

I’m so excited that this book that represents 20 years of teaching will be available in June from Bethany House Publishers. Jesus’ love for us is splashed all over his prayers. It’s available here now for pre-order: https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Guide-Prayers-Jesus-Prayed/dp/0764230743/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1517947235&sr=1-1&keywords=the+complete+guide+to+the+prayers+of+jesus

 

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