Love is in the Air

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As we approach Valentine’s Day, it feels like love is in the air. As I stroll down the grocery aisles, I see red, pink and white stuffed animals, candy and greeting cards.

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Years ago, our church small group studied a very good book about love. It is called The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman. In it, details the ways in which people enjoy receiving love: Quality Time, Touch, Giving, Serving and Affirmation.  I thought I would share with you simple things I do to love my family.

Quality Time

I enjoy spending time with my family. We go on hikes, play games or just hangout together.  Here’s a photo of Austin and I at a Santa Cruz Warriors basketball game.

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Touch

I didn’t grow up with affectionate parents. So, I decided to be intentional  with my family; hugs all around.

Giving

I like to surprise my family with what my stepmom calls “Little S” aka “Litle Something.” When I am out and about I may pick up a treat such Girl Scout cookies. It just so happened there was a local troop outside the store this past weekend.

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Serving

This is my natural love language.  I am very comfortable with a todo list. It’s not a chore to support my family by doing the laundry or shopping for groceries.

Affirmation

Words of affirmation are important in building someone’s confidence.  I make it a point to tell my loved ones “Congratulations, good job or I am proud of you.” It’s amazing how easy it is to encourage one another with a simple gesture such as kind words.

Dr. Chapman wrote another book called Love is a Verb which I was blessed to share one of my stories.  The book showcases love in action.

In the Bible, there are many verses that talk about love. I’d like to share a few with you.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting love. – John 3:16

My beloved friends let us continue to love each other since love comes from God. – 1 John 4:7

By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. – John 13:35

What’s one way your share love with your family?

Blessings, Rebecca

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