Heart Shapes Mean Love
We love many things, but there are some we love with all our hearts. When you see a heart shape it almost always means something is our favorite, and it has become an icon on computers.
There is a paper craft for today that is called a “Swedish Heart”, and it is a very easy craft that can be made out of cardstock or simple construction paper. If you make some today, you can use it for the week of Christmas Advent that has the theme of “love”.
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Everyone wants to be loved, and appreciated for the fact that they love you. We get so mixed up about what love looks like, though. Sometimes we call our selfishness “love”, or we think the way we love a person, a cat, or a car are all the same thing. God showed us what love actually looks like, so we wouldn’t be confused, and so we wouldn’t be deceived.
Give everyone in your family a hug, tell them you love them. Think about how much God loves you that He sent Jesus:
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16
Construction Paper For Your HeartsRoselle 9×12 Vibrant Construction Paper, 50 count, Holiday Red
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When you have made your hearts, fill them with sweets- my favorite are Hershey Candy Kisses.
Hang some of the hearts on your tree. Fill them with secret notes that tell someone how much you love them (or a picture that tells them!).[/one_half_last]
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What is your definition of love? How closely do you behave in line with your own definition? Have you given up on being able to give or experience a pure unselfish love? Is it hard to imagine what God means when He says He loves you?
When we think we are being loving, it is sometimes a mixed bag of motivations. Sometimes our love is a need we have, more than what is good for the other person. Sometimes our love is full of fear of rejection or it is dependent on what we get back from someone. That is called a “conditional love” and it is the way most of us have understood the meaning of this most basic of emotions.
Are you willing to get a heart transplant from God? To be able to love the way He does?
It will change your definition and way of loving.
Father God, Our Heavenly Father,
We are so thankful for the evidence of your love daily, and especially the proof in giving us Jesus. We thank you that we have a Savior, a Hero, a Beloved, a King, a Caring Shepherd. Teach us your ways, teach us how to love each other in Jesus’ name, Amen.