MM: Marriage Monday {Our Valentine’s Day Weekend Recap and a Prayer For Your Marriage}

Friday evening, Ruben took Hadara out on their annual Father Daughter date.  They’ve been doing this since she was four years old.  This time they got all dressed up and went to Olive Garden.  Hadara loves pasta, anything Italian. Since it was ladies pick, Daddy had to agree.  He also took her out for a little shopping trip afterwards.  I can’t stress enough how important it is for Fathers to take their daughters out on special dates.  Hadara came home walking on sunshine and you could just see the happiness all over their faces.  Special memories being made!  It warms my heart every time.  

Saturday morning, we had a family Valentine’s day.  I hosted a special brunch for my parents, and my niece and nephews.  We had yummy pancakes, scrambled eggs, and hash brown casserole.  The kiddies enjoyed their Love Brunch.  After we filled our tummies, we met in the living room for worship and a family devotional. The kids passed out Valentines in their class and enjoyed Ruben teaching them about John 3:16.  While I taught my parents about the 5 Love Languages in marriage and our children.  The kids also played fun games together and we all laughed until our bellies hurt.  We all had a blessed time.  I really enjoyed this Valentine’s day because in past years, it’s usually all about Ruben and I going out by ourselves.  However,  this time, it was extra special to be able to share it with family and include the kids in all of it!  I love when laughs and love fill our Little Pink Casa.  

After our family left, it was date night time.  I planned to make Ruben a romantic candlelight dinner after we put Hadara to bed early.  However, I was so exhausted from being the hostess queen, that Ruben offered to go get us take-out instead.  I love him!  Sadly, on his way out, he realized one of our tires was flat and that changed the course of our romantic evening.  Ruben was able to fix the tire and bring us some dinner home to eat.  With some patience,  I lit some candles and we had our special date after all.  Maybe not how I planned, but it was beautiful anyways.  We exchanged our gifts, love letters and love coupons at the kitchen table.  Even after all the distractions, it all worked out.  I decided not to get frustrated or upset.  There’s no such thing as a perfect Valentine’s day.  There’s no such thing as a perfect marriage.  And that’s simply ok with me.  Love is patient and Love is kind.  Maybe in the past, I would have let this kind of thing bothered me, but I’ve learned that it’s not about me.  This world does not revolve around me, myself and I.  Love is not selfish and it is not puffed up.  God’s love is all I want to have and all I want to give.  Loving my husband God’s way is perfect.  

I’d say, this weekend was perfect, because we were together, we had fun and God’s LOVE filled our home.   My perspective on Valentine’s day this year was about God’s love and His grace anyways.  The Lord reminded me of this Bible verse from Song of Solomon 2:4 which simply says, “Let him lead me to the banquet hall, and let his banner over me be love”.  

I leave you with a special Marriage prayer.  It comes from my free e-guide, Happily Ever After:  A Marriage Guide to Keep the Romance Alive.  Filled with romance ideas and free printables.  
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Blessings and Shalom, 



How did you celebrate Valentine’s Day?  Share by commenting here.  

MM: Marriage Monday {5 Bible Verses About God’s Love for Your Marriage}

The world has it’s own meaning of love.  In fact, the 1980’s pop song, What’s Love Got to Do With It?, seems to be the motto now days.  Today’s culture is quickly forgetting what love is,  yet many follow a distorted view that only leads down to a road of painful relationships and destruction.  There are many hurting people around you.  Take a look.  Why do people keep looking for love in the all the wrong places?   What has happened to the real meaning of true love?  

It can only be found in the Bible.  Call it old fashioned?  Yes, the Bible is old-fashioned and there’s nothing wrong with that.  In fact, it’s all right!  The Bible tells us, “Love comes from God and those who are loving and kind show that they are the children of God”.    1 John 4:7.  True love comes from God.  The best thing you can do in your marriage today is to know the love of the Father-who is LOVE.  True Love.  

It’s only by knowing God through His son Jesus, that you have the power to love your spouse in a supernatural way.  When you feel like it or not.  Feelings and emotions have nothing to do with it.  You know what I mean.  Let’s be real.  Test yourself.  

Ask yourself these questions:  

  • When was the last time you showed God’s love to your spouse?  
  • What is God’s love anyway?  
  • How can I show God’s love to my spouse if I don’t even know it myself? 

How do you love your spouse?  With God’s lovingkindness.  

Here are 5 Bible verses about God’s Love For Your Marriage:
Use these Bible verses to encourage you and learn how to love your spouse God’s way.   

Isaiah 43:4
Since you were precious in My sight,
You have been honored,
And I have loved you;
Therefore I will give men for you,
And people for your life.

Jeremiah 31:3
The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying:
“Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.

John 3: 16, 17
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
Romans 5: 5-8
Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Titus 3: 4-7 
But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

-I encourage you to show God’s lovingkindness to your spouse this week through your words and actions.  Don’t wait until Valentine’s day.  Every day is a day of love.  

What Bible verses would you add to the list?  

Blessings and Shalom, 


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How to Make Easy Valentine Cards for Kids with Bible Verses

Making Valentine’s day cards shouldn’t be complicated or cost a bundle.  It can be fun and simple, whether you’re on a budget or you need last minute ideas.  Besides, sometimes valentines from the stores can be so boring and so limited.  Homemade valentines are more personal and give your kids a chance to be creative.  Hadara and I created these ideas through the years and we wanted to share them with you today.  

Here are 3 easy Valentine ideas you and your children can make together right now!  Let’s get started.  

Kid’s Cookie Cutter Valentines

Just like the name says, go grab your heart cookie cutters!   I also have a lips and lipstick cookie cutter, so use what you have!  You can also make your own heart templates from cardboard or boxes just in case you have no cookie cutters.    

Other Supplies You’ll Need: 

  • construction paper
  • ruler
  • glue
  • crayons
  • pencil
  • stapler
  • stickers

First, trace your hearts of all shapes and get creative!  

Fold a piece of construction paper in half to form a card.  Glue hearts, add stickers, decorate! 

Easy Homemade Valentines

Do you have left over Christmas Cards with your family photo hanging around?  It’s time to recycle them.   Cut out your child’s picture from the family photo and use it to make Valentine’s cards.  

You can also print out a sheet of your child’s photo and use those too.  I printed these photos on regular copy paper.  
  

Hadara added the photo to the front of a card and attached some cookie cutter hearts below her photo with a cute catchy phrase, “From my Heart to Yours!”.

We also like to write Bible verses and scriptures in our Valentine cards.  

Here a few Bible Verses about Love you can use:  

  • Jesus Loves You!
  • God is Love.  1 John 4: 8
  • Love One Another.   1 John 4: 7 , John 15:12 , John 13:35
  • Love is patient and kind.   1 Corinthians 13: 4
  • Love never fails.  1 Corinthians 13: 8 
  • A friend loves at all times.   Proverbs 17:17 
  • We love Him, because He first loved us.  1 John 4: 19 
  • Love covers a multitude of sins.  1 Peter 4: 8

Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind.  Love your neighbor as yourself.
Luke 10:27, Deuteronomy 6:5, Mark 12: 30, Matthew 22:37

But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.   Galatians 5: 22-23 

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him, shall not perish but have everlasting life.   John 3:16 


Heart Pouch of Love
Next, your child will need something to hold their valentines.   Hadara created a heart pouch of love.  

Fold a big sheet of construction paper, trace big heart or cut out a big heart shape.  Do this with a white piece of cardboard paper also.  Cut both hearts out.  

Staple along the outer sides of hearts, creating a seam to hold both hearts together leaving the top of both hearts open.  That’s the opening for the cards to fall in.  Add a handle by stapling each end to back of heart.  We used white lace which gives it an old fashioned look.  

Then, decorate your heart pouch of love with stickers, crayons.  Hadara decorated her heart pouch with one of her favorite doll characters, Lalaloopsy.  Let your children have fun with it!  You can always add a small treat to the card too.  Hadara hung her heart pouch of love on her bedroom door.  Use it as a valentine mailbox or a fun way to pass out cards.   

There you have it!  Easy and budget friendly valentines for your children to share with friends and relatives.  Who knew Valentine’s day cards could be this simple?  I hope this post helped you to make your children’s Valentine’s day extra special.  After all, Valentine’s day gives us an opportunity to celebrate the love of God and spread God’s love all around.  

Blessings and Shalom, 







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MM: Marriage Monday {How to Make a Romance Basket}

When Ruben and I first got married, we made time for romantic endeavors. ¬†It’s quite easy in the beginning, but romance in marriage can become stale as the years go on. ¬†Life happens. ¬†It becomes more challenging to keep a romantic mindset when kids are around and the bills need to be paid. ¬†I totally get that. ¬†However, when the fire is out, your marriage suffers. ¬†Keeping romance alive in your marriage shouldn’t be a chore. ¬†It can be fun, easy and affordable. ¬†You just need to take creative action. ¬†One¬†way is to make a Romance basket.¬†

Romance baskets are perfect for Valentines Day, getaways, anniversary celebrations, honeymoon gifts and date nights. ¬† They can even be used at home behind closed bedroom doors once the kids are asleep. ¬†It’s great because it only takes a little bit of time to put it together. ¬†Most of the items can be bought at discount stores or found in your own stash. ¬† No excuses, it’s time to get romantic!¬†

Simply fill a basket or container of your choice with: 
  • 1 bottle of your favorite beverage. ¬†I like sparkling¬†apple cider.¬†
  • 2 plastic champagne flutes
  • 1 candle¬†
  • 1 body lotion
  • 1 body wash or bath salts
  • Rose petals, which you can sprinkle in a bath, or make a heart on the bed. ¬†Who wouldn’t love to lay in a bed full of rose petals? ¬†
  • Most of all, some chocolate! ¬†
I believe a romantic evening with your spouse should include:  pampering, creativity, and intimacy.  A romance basket encourages all of this!  

Get creative.  Romance hat boxes and romance totes can be filled with these goodies too, so use what you have.  

Don’t forget the romantic music. ¬†I created a romance playlist on my¬†iTunes that’s always ready to go!
  
Give it away.¬†Also, if you’re giving a romance basket as a gift, wrap it up with shrink wrap and finish off with a bow. ¬†I add a pretty tag which you can download for free here. ¬†
How to Make a Romance Basket
Don’t let your budget stop you from being creatively romantic with your spouse. ¬†Believe me, once you make your romance basket, you’ll want to use it over and over again.¬†

Blessings and Shalom,  

 

 

This article is an excerpt from my new resource pack, Happily Ever After:  A Marriage Guide to Keep the Romance Alive.  Filled with romance ideas and free printables.

Marriage Romance Guide

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