I recently went on a date night with my spouse. He took out his phone right after we ordered dinner. I thought to myself, “Oh no, one of those date nights again where we constantly check our phones”. Surprisingly, he showed me a list of questions that married couples should know about one another. We had a great evening of sharing and learning more about each other. That was memorable, as we spent some good quality time together. As we celebrate Valentine’s and Family Day this weekend, I am reminded of the many relationships we have. Whether it is a friendship, parents/children, siblings, or significant others; let’s be intentional and take time to show that we care, especially to those who may feel alone this weekend. Gary Chapman, in his book The Five Love Languages, shares about the different ways we can show love through acts of service, words of affirmation, quality time, gifts, and physical touch. Acts of service can be as simple as helping a sibling with a chore or making a meal for someone who doesn’t have family in town. Sending a card with words encouragement may help strengthen a friend through a challenging time. A simple gesture of giving a hug, though it may be uncomfortable, helps to comfort those who are grieving or going through a difficult time.

Ephesians 5:2 “walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.” Let us be imitators of Christ this week and reach out to those who need it most; may we spread the fragrance of Christ’s love to those around us.

-Sister in Christ, Inspire

 

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