All you need is love, all you need is love........

Every year, as I put up my Christmas decorations into lidded boxes marked "Christmas, I pull out the plastic lidded boxes called "Valentine's Day," I put hearts out everywhere--on all the tables, in the bathroom, as books on the hearth, on my brass fireplace covering, on top of my china hutch, in the basket with magazines in the bathroom.  

It is fun to have decor every season. But love is such a central theme in our Christian life, that it deserves to be celebrated for 6 weeks!

(Austrian Wax Heart)

One of the things I have practiced in the past is to review one love verse a day in February--to show just how foundational love is to marriage, ministry, family, friends, healing, giving, serving.  (Just Google Bible verses love and you will find many verses to review with your precious children. These habits practiced for many years become a highway in their heart to practice love.

But as I teach my family these important verses, it is me who becomes the definition for what unconditional love is really like. t is as I see my children through the grid of wanting to show them just how generous God's love is, that they can believe the words of scripture about His love when they read verses about His love.

(Brass fireplace cover.)

So make this a month of loving, decorating, celebrating and of course eating a little bit of your favorite chocolate!

Some verses to get you started:

"For god so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believe in him shall not parish but have eternal life." John 3: 16
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and all you soul, and all your strength, and all your mind. Love your neighbor as yourself." Luke 10: 27
"Love is patient, love is kind. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered. It keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in sin, but rejoices with truth. It always protects, always hopes, always trusts, always perseveres. Love never fails." I Corinthians 13: 4-8
"Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and everyone that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love." I John 4:7-8

Some of my very favorites for our family:

"Greater love has no one than this, that a man lay down his life for his friend." John 15: 13

"Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another because love covers a multitude of sin." I Peter 4:8

"Above all things, put on love, for love is a perfect bond of unity." Colossians 3:4

"God is love." I John 4:8