So, we just finished up the holiday season, are you ready to talk a little more about holidays?
Either way next up, Valentine's Day.
There is often a lot of talk about the focus of Christmas and Easter being Christ, but what about the other holidays throughout the year? I’m not talking about National Corn on the Cob Day, or National Ice Cream Day. I mean the biggies that we actually remember. Like Valentine's Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Fourth of July, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and so forth.
How can be reclaim these holidays to point to the Lord?
Reclaim has been a word that has stuck with me a lot in recent years. I heard it first in the context of parenting and reclaiming the moment things get out of control with kids. For me this word has challenged me to reclaim the things that have moved away from their original purpose as our country has moved further and further from God’s truth.
So, over the course of this year, I'll be sharing ways to reclaim the holidays to point to Christ, yes even Labor Day.
The Love Holiday.
I'm a boy mom, so let’s say that this holiday is very different with boys than I can imagine with girls.
But no matter the gender, understanding love is very important. Love is a concept I want my boys to know well, so they can serve their future wives well.
How our family reclaims this holiday is with a sixteen-day devotional leading up to Valentine's Day. Each day, we go through 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. and talk about an element of this long verse.
For each quality of love, we define the main word and think of ways to show or avoid that quality. I use a book called Parenting with Scripture to give us the definitions and Bible verse associated with the word.
Each quality has a paper heart that we hang up on the mantel each night. By Valentine’s Day it is a fun decoration.
I've put together a PDF of what our family uses, for you to add to your Valentine's Celebrations