Valentine’s Day is not just for couples.
Many people choose to celebrate this day of love with their children, closest friends, parents, co-workers and even strangers. What are the best ways to show you care and make another person feel special?
Holidays like Valentine’s Day can be expensive and at the same time fall short of the lasting impression you were hoping to create. Putting your hard-earned money into a gift you aren’t sure of can leave the door open for disappointment and an empty wallet.
Instead of breaking the bank this Valentine’s Day, create moments that are priceless from the Author of Love.
Here is a list of 5 ideas to show someone you care on Valentine’s Day using 12 Bible verses of love. (For verse ideas, see suggestions below):
Timely Love: Write each verse on a card or print them individually on paper. Add a special note to each and seal in individual envelopes with the hour written on the outside. (8:00am, 9:00am…) For a special touch, add a candy heart inside each one. Stack envelopes in order with the soonest on top and tie together with a ribbon. Give the stack to the person to open each hour.
Message In A Bottle: Write or print each verse on a very skinny strip of paper (~1” x 8”). Roll each one up from one end to the other. Using a glue stick, secure the end and drop them into a clean DRY bottle or jar. Tie ribbon around the neck of the bottle with instructions to open one note every hour on Valentine’s Day.
Stuffed With Love: This one can be a bit tricky but is super cool! Use the method in #2 to roll up the verses individually. Take them to a balloon shop and have them put the note inside the balloon before it is inflated. Deliver the 12 brightly colored balloons to school, home or office with a note instructing the person to pop one balloon every hour and read the verse.
Love Complete: First, write verses out (fairly large) leaving space in the middle of the verse to cut it in half. At dinner, lay the 24 half verses out face up on the table randomly and have your special someone find all the halves that go together and read each verse.
Love Is In The Cards: Buy a deck of cards at the dollar store. Write verse only the card with a heart (13 – or you can take out the 2 of hearts for 12). Shuffle the cards and place the deck face down in a pile. Take turns drawing the cards and whoever draws a card with a verse, reads it out loud.
Need some verses? Here are a few suggestions to break down and share:
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
13 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. 14 Do everything in love.
9 Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their labor:
10 If either of them falls down,
one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
and has no one to help them up.
11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
But how can one keep warm alone?
12 Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.