Whether we’re searching Pinterest for our Valentine ideas or doing a last minute swing by the local grocery store, Valentine’s Day is on the brain. Cards, candy, and flowers for the mental list of kids, moms, and special someones.
But what’s God getting this year?
Gary Chapman’s The Five Love Languages hit the press in the early 90’s. In this book and in the many that followed, Chapman discusses five ways people tend to express and receive love:
- Words of affirmation
- Quality time
- Receiving gifts
- Acts of service
- Physical touch
His books are great resources for relating to your spouse and children, but I want to direct your attention to God.
What would best communicate your love to Him? What’s your Valentine to God?
What communicates God’s love to you? Are you looking for His Valentine to you?
Jesus said in Matthew 22:37-38 (NIV), “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.” So let’s spend some time on this. We typically express love for others in the way we like to be loved. My dad and my sister are gift givers. I prefer quality time.
When you want to tell God how special He is, what do you do?
Do you dance? My daughter would.
Do you sing or put on some worship music?
Would you go outside and take a walk? Is nature your hot button?
Do you write to Him?
Do you pray through the Psalms or read back His word to Him?
Are you a gift giver?
Do you prefer service?
How do you tell Him “I love you”?
Now, let’s flip it. We tend to be very aware of how others treat us, yet I believe God fills each day with blessings and surprises. Have you made a point of being aware of how God loves you? How has God showed His love for you?
A sky that reflects a palette of colors as the sun goes down?
An encouraging word from someone about something you thought no one knew about or acknowledged?
A hug when you needed one? Even if it dripped with jelly or chocolate syrup from a little one’s face?
An unexpected blessing or treat?
This Valentine’s Day, by all means, treat your spouse and your kiddos well, but don’t forget to give God something too.
And be on the lookout for your gift.
What’s your love language?
How does God love you in accordance with your love language?
How can you prepare to receive His love?
What will you do this week to love on Him?
What’s God getting this year for Valentines? Click to tweet.
Are you looking for His Valentine to you? Click to tweet.
Be on the lookout for your gift. Click to tweet.