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People just want to feel loved. Remembered. Noticed. Valued.

That’s how we were designed. God created us with a heart and soul to receive His love, so we could share it with others. In fact, loving God and each other is our highest calling. The Bible says it this way, “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God” (1 John 4:71 John 4:7
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7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. is born: or, has been born  

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Jesus said this, “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you” (John 15:12John 15:12
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12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.  

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, NIV). The New Testament shows that Jesus loved His disciples by spending time with them, and caring about them deeply. He didn’t need anything fancy to show His love.

Fancy’s not wrong. Some people show their love through their creativity. And I applaud them. But for those of us who walk out of a craft store crying because we can’t figure out which tie-die kit to buy, maybe a simpler option is more our style.

Maybe for some of us, we need to remove the self-imposed unrealistic expectations. Maybe we need to focus more on showing love rather than having our centerpieces match what we saw on Pinterest.

I’ve learned that it’s often the little things that speak love to my friends and family. It’s sitting outside at that summer pool party and watching the silly jumps off the diving board. It’s abandoning the dishes to play a board game. It’s an impromptu potluck dinner with friends on paper plates.

Heavenly Father, forgive me for the times I’ve gotten so worried about how my dinner or gathering looks that I’ve neglected what matters most to You. Open my eyes to ways I can show Your love to others, making them feel valued. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Reflect and Respond:
Remember a special event where someone made you feel loved. What did that person do?

What can you do this week to show someone you care deeply for them?

Power Verse:
Romans 13:8Romans 13:8
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8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.  

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, “Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.” (NIV)

John 15:12John 15:12
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12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.  

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, “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” (NIV)

Copied From Proverb 31 Ministries.

Related Resources: If you need help thinking of ways to make others feel loved, Glynnis Whitwer has co-authored a book with Karen Ehman (who does fancy much better) called Everyday Confetti. In it they share lots of ideas for sprinkling special on every day.

If you purchase Everyday Confetti through Proverbs 31 Ministries, and email your receipt to Glynnis and Karen at the email address provided when you order, they’ll send you a PDF with tips on “Getting Organized in the New Year.”

Visit Glynnis’ blog where she’ll share a few ways to show God’s love on Valentine’s Day.