When I look around at all the marriages that end in divorce, my heart breaks. God’s does too.
“‘For I hate divorce,’ says the LORD, the God of Israel” (Malachi 2:16, NASB).
Is there anything I can do? Hebrews 13:4 tells me that “Marriage should be honored by all.”
Honor. I can use St. Valentine’s Day to honor marriage. I can build marriage up as a good and noble thing. I can teach my child that God called men and women to stay married for a lifetime.
Holidays are great times to pass on values as you celebrate something good. So this St. Valentine’s Day, why don’t you join me in celebrating marriage and teaching our children to honor marriage?
How can we do that?
Here are some ideas to honor marriage this St. Valentine’s Day:
- Get out your wedding album and look at it with your children.
- Talk about ways you and your spouse have worked hard to make your marriage last.
- Have the children gather around Mom and Dad and pray for their marriage, lives and ministries.
- Tell the children how you met and fell in love.
- Let the children plan a festive family dinner.
- Make a St. Valentine’s Day cake with Mom and Dad’s name in big hearts and all the children’s names in little hearts.
- Have your teens talk about what they look forward to in their own marriages.
- Pray over children for their future marriages.
- Have teens and parents make a list of character qualities to look for in a potential mate.
- Let teens and parents make a list of character qualities to have to be a great marriage partner.
- As a family, choose five couples whose marriage you appreciate. Make a valentine card for them that includes things you see in their marriage that honor Christ. Thank them for having a marriage that is a great example.
- Do something special for your spouse and make sure your children know about it.
- Give everyone in the family a little card and gift, reminding them of your love, and especially of God’s love.
For more information on how to celebrate holidays and pass on values at the same time, read my book Jesus, Fill My Heart and Home.
Meredith Curtis, pastor’s wife and homeschooling mom of five amazing children, has been married to her college sweetheart for 30 years. She loves Jesus, leads worship, homeschools, writes, mentors ladies, and sometimes even cooks dinner! She is the author of Joyful and Successful Homeschooling. Click here for more info on Meredith!