Valentine’s Day is not too far away, and I am sure all of us are trying to figure out how to show love to our spouses. But it is also a great opportunity to show your kids how you love them, in specific ways.
As Nate and I read book after book, we see a common thread about the inner longings of the human heart. A female longs to be cherished, to be sought after and adored. A male no matter his age needs to know that he has what it takes to succeed. As parents it is our job to speak to those longings. To build their confidence and make sure they leave our homes with the boldness to live out God’s calling on their lives.
What better time than Valentine’s to get yourself in the habit of expressing that love to your children. (And your spouse too, of course!) Here are two ideas to get your mind a thinking.
The last couple of years we have paused in our busyness to take the time to write 14 different things we love about each one of our kids. Some thoughts are about their unique qualities, others are prayers we are praying over them. Then each day from February 1st through the 14th we put a heart on their bedroom door that explains to them reasons that there are loved. To read about this idea see last year’s post.
This year we are going to do something a little different. We are going to speak promises over our children from the Bible. We want them to know who they are in Christ, and what they can accomplish when they serve God with their whole heart.
Here is our list of promises: (There are so many more to choose from!)
- You are unique and perfectly made.
- You are always child of God and of ours.
- You are loved with an everlasting love.
- You will walk with wisdom.
- You are a leader.
- You will have favor in all that you do.
- You will conquer anything in your path.
- You are powerful.
- You have a clear and smart mind.
- You will never be alone.
- You will prosper in all that you do.
- You will have all that you need.
- You will have peace and joy.
- You are a blessing and will be a blessing to others.
We are also going to discuss the different character traits of God. The more they understand God’s love, the more they will be able to accept it and give it to others. We are using this fun printable to aid in our discussion.
You cannot explain to your kids too much why you love them. One of my goals this year is to say out loud my loving thoughts towards my kids, instead of just thinking them in my head. What are you going to do this Valentine’s to express your big love to your little blessings?