The Perfect Blueprint for your Valentine’s Day

Valentines-Day-2013

According to data from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, Americans who are married have the highest levels of well-being. That’s something to celebrate and the perfect time to appreciate your spouse is on Valentine’s Day! The Bible tells us to dwell on whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, and praiseworthy and I believe that marriage is all that…created by God to be “good.” See Genesis 2:18.

Philippians 4:8 (NIV) is the perfect blueprint for a great Valentine’s celebration. Let’s focus on what it says and consider incorporating one or all of the following suggestions, as you acknowledge your love this Valentine’s Day.

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”

Celebrate Valentine’s Day the whole week by dropping him love notes, one for each of the seven characteristics in the scripture:

  1. True: Leave a love letter on his pillow describing the first characteristic of true in his life and how much you appreciate it.
  2. Noble: Bake your husband’s favorite cake and add the words that best describe his noble character to the icing. Some examples I would use are: amazing provider; joyous heart; generous soul; loving husband; visionary. If you don’t have time to bake a cake, you could order a cake.
  3. Right: Arrange a cookie delivery to his office or your home with a small note describing a right characteristic he possesses. A great organization to help you with this task is www.cheryls.com.
  4. Pure: Mail him a Valentine’s card describing a characteristic he possesses that best fits the word pure in his life.
  5. Lovely: Craft a special e-mail describing what you see as lovely in his life.  A good way to add color and pizzazz to the e-mail would be to use a special app called HiCard that you can download onto your computer or smart-phone. It creates personalized e-cards that add a little something special to your e-mail.
  6. Admirable: Surprise him by attaching a post-it note to his debit/credit card describing how admirable he is. Use colorful designer post-it notes.
  7. Praiseworthy: Finally, write the most praiseworthy things about him in red lipstick on his side of the bathroom mirror on Valentine’s Day. Leave the address of his favorite restaurant and time where he should meet you that evening.

Unfortunately in the world we live in, some words have been articulated and used in ways that defile the institution of marriage. Instead, let’s use words to articulately magnify and praise all that’s good in our marriage.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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