The heart...a symbol of love, was an image used throughout the weekend. To express love and gratitude to many the Lord has put in my life, I sat down with pen and notecard. The art of actually writing words, seems to be an antiquated way of doing things ~ but one I still find most intimate and important (although not done nearly often enough). As the Lord has pressed upon my own heart these days of late, life is short as a vapor. Sending a few friends and family a short note to say, "I love you. I am thankful to the Lord for you. I have been praying for you." is something I desired to do this weekend.
Yesterday, we also made Valentines to share with the children at church & those serving in the Children's ministry ~ attaching a chocolate heart (or Miniature) and Scripture verse ~ for the children, "A friend loves at all times...Proverbs 17:17" and for those who so lovingly serve the children, "We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19".
On the homefront, we started this morning off with strawberry milk (pink) and whole wheat heart pancakes. Little gifts of love were given before heading to church. The message was on James 5:1-6 and how we should not love the riches of this world, but should be storing up treasures in heaven...lasting treasure ~ a reminder of where our treasure is, there our heart will be also (Matthew 6:19-21). An exhortation to use our time, strength and youth to glorify God by being good stewards likewise: provide the necessities for our families and minister to the church for the furtherance of the Gospel.
After church...lunch, then cupcakes with heart sprinkles were a treat the children helped make for an afternoon snack. Tying heart strings by investing time in relationships with our children...teaching and training that the next generation may know Him.