Seasonal Family Practices

Use the issues and topics of the calendar or season for a family talk/devotional/practice. With Valentine’s Day upon us use this holiday as a topic for helping your children define love, standards, relationship status and tell your own dating/marriage story.

Many of you already do this but for parents who may believe it is too hard, think about it. You have your story, your personal story is hard to mess up. Tell about your first date, how and what you knew about love then and what you know now. Take a night or mealtime and give your children some tips to discern between temporary feelings and true love. Talk about how someone treats someone they really love. What a great way to talk about grace and forgiveness, too! Add to this the way one builds trust…

Talk about the importance of knowing God’s love first. It is critical for someone in a relationship to understand their own expectations and how no one outside of God loves perfectly. Make a plan to talk about emotional and spiritual hurts when we get this mixed up and out of order.

Other topics that might/should be addressed: purity and guarding your mind, putting others first, marriage between a man and woman, God’s best, communication and sacrifice…

Then, use scripture to define love. This holiday ought to be full of scripture! Exodus 34:6-7 describing God, Psalm 136, Song of Solomon 2:7 and more, 1 Cor. 13, John 13:34-35, 15:13, Ephesians 5:25-33, 2 Thessalonians 5:12-23 and others.

Just try it and see what happens and how God is at work. Make it conversational and work in God’s word. Happy Valentine’s Day!


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