It has been a while since I posted…but I felt this was important. I got great feedback from the posts about teaching the bible with Elf on the Shelf. (click here to read that!) I wanted to do something similar with Valentine’s Day.
We kept is simple…we made a Valentine’s Day garland to hang up in our kitchen.
First, I read the bible to the girls. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. I had to stop as we read and explain what the words meant to the girls. I wanted to break it down to their language. I was sure to teach them the correct words, patient, envy, boast, arrogant, irritable, resentful, bears all things, endures all things, rejoice and so on. I think this is important, when we discuss the bible later, I always use the biblical word as well as an easier synonym.
I cut strips of red construction paper. On each strip I wrote something from the bible that love is. I was sure to add the word love on to each of them.
Love is patient. Love is kind. Love does not envy or boast. Love is not rude or arrogant. Love does not insist on it’s own way. Love is not irritable or resentful. Love does not rejoice in wrongdoing. Love rejoices in the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Then I had the girls tell me examples of how we can show love in that way. Kares wrote her own, I wrote for Kailani. Some of the answers were great! “Love is sharing my special toys” “Love is taking turns” “Love is being a good friend” and so on!
Then I just folded the strip in half and stapled to the bottom of the previous heart. We made a chain that hangs in our kitchen/living area.
The best part of this was later in the day when the kids were acting out. One wasn’t waiting her turn, the other was insisting she was first. I said wait girls…”Love is patient. Love doesn’t insist on its own way. Do you think you can show love here?” Then we talked about how to take turns, let others go first, and really LOVE each other according to the bible.
I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day and I hope you also incorporate some of the bible into your activities.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7.
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
This verse means so many things. Love is patient and kind, just like God wants us to be patient and kind.
Love does not envy or boast- this means that those who truly love are not jealous of others.
It is not arrogant or rude- arrogant means you think you are better than anyone else.
It does not insist on its own way- sometimes things are hard, you don’t always get your own way!
It is not irritable or resentful- irritable is cranky, resentful is when you blame others for things
It does not rejoice in wrong doing, but rejoices in truth- this means that love means always doing the right thing, even when it is hard
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things- This means that love lasts through it all! No matter what love is most important and will make it through anything!
I tried to break this one down into words my young children could understand. They were told today to make a list of people who loved them and people they loved. We found out very quickly that is a very long list! We talked about being patient, kind, and so on to show love.
Elfie was in a Barbie car with Barbie. We discussed how we love our friends too! What joy loving one another can bring.
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Matthew 19:14 says,
But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”
(Message from our Elf)- This verse tells us that Jesus loved children so much! Do you remember the bible story where Jesus teaches the little children how to pray? Today I want you to go to Sunday school. I want you to be one of the children that Jesus taught how to pray. Have fun with your friends and show tell them that Jesus loves them too!
When you get home, sit down, open your Storybook Bible and read that story together. Read all about how much Jesus loved the little children!
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