Happy Valentine’s Day AND Happy Friday of National Marriage Week!!!
Today is BONUS DAY! I am linking TWO – count ’em up – TWO articles for your Valentines Reading Pleasure. First, want to recommend this site (especially for GUYS!) by Mark Merrill. Merrill has tons of great info and insights about marriage and family that I think all of us would benefit from.
In honor of today, I thought I would link you to an article he wrote about the origins of this holiday.
The Real Story Behind Valentine’s Day by Mark Merrill
“It’s surprising to know that Valentine’s Day is really founded on the concept of love in marriage. On This Valentine’s Day, what are you doing to keep the love in your marriage burning? While giving a gift and card, having a candlelight dinner, and sharing special words of love are all important, the true spirit of Valentine’s Day needs to last throughout the year.
Here are some ways to bring more love into your marriage:
- Schedule priority time together. Pull out your calendars and set a date night every week or two—just to spend time together and talk. (Note: movies don’t count.)
- Laugh together. When was the last time you shared a funny story and chuckled with each other? Loosen up and laugh freely. Live lightheartedly!
- Play together. Find a hobby or activity you both enjoy—fishing, bowling, tennis, hiking, or biking.
- Be romantic together. Send your spouse a note of encouragement in the mail every once in a while just to say “I love you.” Spend one or two weekends away each year, just with your wife. (No buddies allowed.)“
Second – for all of us good Baptist’s – let me recommend this article: “Valentine’s Day is For Getting Drunk” by Jon Bloom.
“So what should Christians make of today’s Valentine’s Day?
As much as purely possible! Valentine was a saint and Eros is not Cupid’s domain. It’s God’s! Christians should be the most unashamed, exuberant celebrators of romantic love there are, and the strongest guardians of God’s design and boundaries, because God made it for us to enjoy (1 Timothy 6:17)! And God, the greatest romantic in existence, has designed it to give us a taste of the greatest romance that will ever exist, of which all Christians will experience.”