Sometimes we become overzealous with all the hoopla that we: 1) cause an avalanche of stress for ourselves, our families, and our teams, and 2) forget the whole reason we have events—to help women connect with each other and grow in relationships. For Valentines Day, let’s just chill and take time for God to fill us with his love, so we can spill that love over onto others.
Take some time to relax! Take it easy! Give yourself permission to try a few low-key, easy (even last-minute) events that will accomplish your goal without giving you a migraine. The ideas below all work no matter how many or few women show up. So, relax! Have fun! Don’t stress! Invite others to join your groups and remember our Christ's Birthday Observance theme this year is "Good News! God Is with Us!”. As we reach out and make connections with others, we can point them toward the great love of Christ our Savior.
- Movie Night. Provide popcorn and encourage women to wear their comfy sweats with house slippers and bring a pillow. Movie suggestions: “I Can Only Imagine,” “War Room,” “Facing the Giants.”
- Have a Conversation and a Cuppa (as Kathy Fulton, Missionary to Haiti would say). Yes, it’s just that simple. Have a good cup of coffee, a variety of flavored creamers, and some tea for those who prefer it. Bring your favorite coffee or tea cup. Let the meeting begin with the women chatting as much as they want. After about ½ hour of chit-chat, share these scriptures and discuss while enjoying more coffee or tea.
What does the Bible say about God's love? God's love takes many forms. The Bible even refers to God as love itself. Love could be explained as wanting the best for someone, and that's exactly what God intends for us. Read these verses during your meeting, and discuss what these mean to you and how you can spread Jesus love to others.
1 John 4:16
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.
2 Corinthians 6:18
And, "I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty."
Isn’t this love to be called sons and daughters of God? We love our sons and daughters but how much more does God love each one of us?
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
3. Talk and Prayer Walk. Meet at a designated location at a designated time. Stroll. Talk. Enjoy a little fresh air and exercise while you grow in friendship. Pray for each other’s needs and for your community.