Sunday, February 7, 2021

Christian Inspiration for Valentine's Day 2021

 

Christian Inspiration for Valentine's Day
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DaySpring Cards and Gifts is one of my favorite affiliate relationships here on the blog.  They provide greeting cards for every occasion throughout the year.  They offer hundreds of great gift ideas for everyone on your gift giving lists from January to December.  Most people know these things but did you know they also provide Christian encouragement and inspiration for all of life's mountaintops and valleys?  They have a team of bloggers who write about topics from the hard stuff of life and also topics of celebration.  They have several Christian focused articles available for Valentine's Day too.  Enjoy these wisdom filled articles of Christian inspiration for Valentine's Day.

Christian Inspiration for Valentine's Day 

A Recipe for Love from Ephesians 4 by Melody

A Recipe for Love From Ephesians 4 (Photo of Heart Shaped Valentine's Day Cookies)
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Doesn’t it feel like we get so many mixed messages? I mean, what is love, really? Sometimes it feels like it’s all hearts and flowers and heart-shaped candy boxes, oohs-and-ahhs and isn’t-he-so-cute and cartoon princes rescuing damsels in distress and romantic movies with violins swelling as the couples run toward each other in slow motion with arms open wide and… Oh! My. Gracious.

Sometimes it can feel a little superficial, like the recipe for finding and expressing love ranges from sitting idly awaiting our white knight to presenting our loved one an annual box of chocolates. Searching for love can be overwhelming, and expressing love may seem complex.

So, let’s look for a better understanding of love. And let’s go to the source of loveGodand consult the Word for the true “recipe” for expressing love. After all, God is love, so it’s only natural we look to him for love advice.

Let’s start with the beautiful recipe for love in Ephesians 4. It begins by urging for us to walk in the manner in which we have been called—with humility, gentleness and patience, standing together in love, with unity, with peace: Read the full article here.

 3 Phrases Every Couple Should Say Daily by Michelle Reyes

3 Phrases Every Couple Should Say Daily
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But there’s something else from that special day that I will never forget: our pastor’s message. He challenged us to say three phrases to each other daily, and my husband and I have literally been saying these three phrases to each other every day for the past nine years. I cannot tell you what a huge difference this has made in the life, health and stability of our marriage. I highly encourage you to say them to your spouse as well and to see the difference that it makes:  Read the full article here.

3 Ways to Strengthen Your Marriage Today by Rachel Wojo

3 Ways to Strengthen Your Marriage Today
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Whether it’s been 10 weeks or 20 years. But the one thing that has not changed is your desire to have a strong marriage. You really love each other and long to hold to your wedding vows.

No matter how much you crave a strong marriage, evaluating your daily relationship decisions is a wonderful way to build that marriage you desire. Daily routine can easily dictate over your desire for a healthy marriage, but the good news is that you have the power to make your marriage stronger with a few basic actions. Take a look at these 3 way to strengthen your marriage today!  Read the full article here.

Bless Your Friends on Valentine's Day by Brittany

Bless Your Friends on Valentine's Day
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This Valentine’s Day, you have the unique opportunity to share God’s love with your friends—an opportunity that may not present itself in the future. So, why not reach out to your single friends, show them kindness, let them know how much you cherish them, and remind them of all the blessings in their lives? Celebrating with friends allows you to see Valentine's Day in a beautiful new light.  Read the full article here.

5 Ways to Express Love by Gary Chapman

5 Ways to Express Love
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In my early years as a marriage counselor, time and time again, I often noticed that couples would voice similar complaints regarding their marriage. One spouse would say something to the effect of, "I feel like he doesn't love me," as the other spouse would then retort, "I don't know what else to do. I’m doing everything I ought to." Realizing there was a pattern, I scoured through the 12 years’ worth of notes I made while counseling couples and then asked myself the question, "When someone said, 'I feel like my spouse doesn't love me,' what do they want? What are they attempting to communicate?" Remarkably, I found their answers fell into five categories, revealing a unique approach in how to effectively love another person.  Read the full article here.

Finding Loveliness in Every Day by Gini

Finding Loveliness in Every Day
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Let’s find the beauty in every day. We can train ourselves to look for the sunset, to take the time to delight in that one lone flower standing strong, completely undisturbed by the sub-zero degree weather. Because, “God is love” 1 John 4:8 NIV. So, by filling our hearts with love for all that surrounds us, we are filling our hearts with God. And, let’s face it, there is nothing that can help us through our everyday lives more than His peaceful presence.  Read the full article here.

Perfect Valentine's Gifts for all 5 Love Languages by Amber

Perfect Valentine's Gifts for all 5 Love Languages
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My husband and I took the 5 Love Languages quiz from the book by Dr. Gary Chapman and we discovered something surprising—our expressions of love to each other have been lost in translation for years. While my husband had assumed his thoughtfully-chosen gifts and tokens of affection were the way to my heart, the love language that most speaks to me is ‘quality time.’ I was sure his love language would be ‘words of affirmation,’ but instead it is ‘acts of service’—so every time I offered a compliment, it didn’t reach his heart in the way I thought it would. Who knew? Now that we’ve figured out our love languages, finding the perfect Valentine's Day gift is far less stressful.

This Valentine’s Day, how can you choose the perfect gift to suit your spouse’s love language? We’ve put together a list of Valentine’s Day gifts for each of the five love languages, so you can show your partner affection in a way that speaks to them.  Read the full article here.

Loving in the Tough Times by Gini

Loving in the Tough Times
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It’s hard, but we must remember not only to accept love during the tough times, but to also give love. Again, it’s hard, but sometimes all it takes is getting out of bed and asking for a group hug. Because, you see, as Christians, we are called to encourage one another, to lift each other up and to trust that God is in control of every situation. So, take a deep breath and ask God to fill your heart with His love as you face the difficult days ahead, remember to accept love and encouragement from your friends and family, and don’t forget to love them in return.  Read the full article here.

6 Ways to Show Love This Year by Amber

6 Ways to Show Love This Year
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God loves everyone—and He calls us to do the same selflessly, without expectation of something in return. Love is given utmost importance in His Word. We are expected to love God with all our heart, soul, and mind—and to love our neighbor, too. What is love? The ‘Love Verse’ at 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 is an oft-quoted Scripture that reminds us love is patient and kind; not envious, boastful, or full of pride. How can we apply this in 2021?  Read the full article here.

Think Lovely Thoughts by Gini

Think Lovely Thoughts
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This Valentine’s Day, we invite you to change the way you think—not just during this holiday season, but every day of your life. We invite you to take every opportunity to celebrate His love. Maybe this means forgiving the driver who just cut you off, and instead of letting your thoughts lead you to anger, allow God’s love to fill you. Or, maybe it means letting go of your feelings of jealousy toward a close friend, and filling up with thoughts of praise for what God has given you instead. Whatever the circumstance, remember to pray and ask God to turn your thoughts toward Him and He will show a path that leads to a peaceful mind, filled with all-things true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy.  Read the full article here.

Cherishing the Blessing of Family This Valentine's Day by Gini

 

Cherishing the Blessing of Family This Valentine's Day
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We don’t typically think of family first on Valentine’s Day because it is best known as a celebration between lovers. Young couples all over the nation will be getting engaged while married couples will be enjoying a kid-free night out at their favorite restaurants and meanwhile, a 15-year-old girl will receive her first Valentine’s Day present from someone she will always refer to as her “first love.” And, it is in these moments that we should praise God for His beauty because this type of can’t-live-without-you, heart-pounding love is simply beautiful.

The question is: when we’re deciding how to celebrate Valentine’s Day, how might we expand on this holiday to also celebrate our love for family?  Read the full article here.

Friendship Gift Guide by Gini

Friendship Gift Guide
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We’ve all been there - running around from store to store at the last minute trying to find just the right birthday or Valentine's gift for that hard-to-buy-for friend. Then, with only minutes left to decide, we end up grabbing something that she might like before heading over to the party, all the while feeling like we’ve let our friend down. And, why? Well, because we are showing up with a meaningless gift that just doesn’t quite represent how much we truly care for her.

At DaySpring, we want to provide you with heartfelt, meaningful gifts that will truly celebrate the special friendships in your life.  Read the full article here.

Things We Do For Love by Renee Swope

Things We Do For Love
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The thought of God loving me without any conditions was inconceivable, yet something deep in my soul told me it was true. I had been looking for love that didn’t have to be earned. Love I didn’t have to fear I could lose. Honestly, though, it took me a while to see how God’s love could fill the emptiness in my heart.  Read the full article here.

3 Prayers for Your Child's Future Spouse by Kristin

3 Prayers for Your Child's Future Spouse
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God has truly been gracious in answering those pleas. He hasn’t just shown me how to pray for my children; He has also shown me who else to pray for. I pray for the people who have influence in their daily lives...their friends, their teachers, their coaches, and their youth leaders. But I also pray for the people who will have the most influence in their lives. Although nameless and faceless to me right now, I earnestly pray for my children's future spouses, because one day, they will be my children, too.  Read the full article here.

The Quiet Power of a Friendship Necklace by Gini

The Quiet Power of a Friendship Necklace
The Quiet Power of a Friendship Necklace via DaySpring Cards and Gifts

There's nothing like the bond of faith and friendship—it's lifting each other in prayer, being there no matter what, and offering a little encouragement just when it's needed most. Our (in)courage-inspired Wear-One-Share-One Friendship Necklace Sets were created for connections like thatone friend praying over the other and watching how the Lord works beautifully in her life. Below are some true stories of how these Christian friendship necklaces have empowered sisters-in-Christ to lean on each other and God in their daily lives.  Read the full article here.

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Christian Inspiration for Valentine's Day
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