February is known for a lot of things. Heart Health Month, Black History Month, Groundhog Day, Presidents Day, and Valentine's Day. It is a plethora of celebrations, really. My favorite theme for this month is love. Red is everywhere and all the Valentine junk at "the Walmarts" make me feel the power of love!
Some years back, our pastor in Mississippi challenged us to make February an acts of love month. Each week had its own theme or challenge. I loved it! That month is when I really met my sweet neighbors and it was through that German chocolate cake I took over to them on a Tuesday night, that they became like family to us.
This year I am all about doing that again, but it my own way. Each day I am challenging myself to show love in a way that is out of my norm. It makes me feel loved to love others. They are small, random acts of love. They don't cost much and don't take too much time. I encourage you to spend the rest of this month showing love in a way that you might not normally do so.
Here are some examples:
Bake something sweet for your neighbors
Take your neighbor's trash can back up to the house from the road
Bake your families favorite dessert and surprise them with it
Offer to keep your friend's child(ren) so she can have a little break
Clean your spouses car
Send a card and tell someone you love them
Message someone who needs to hear from you
Send photos of your kids to family who love away
Put a note in your child's lunch bag
Write a love note in lipstick on the bathroom mirror
Take unexpired canned and boxed food to your local food pantry
Take unused coats and blankets to a local homeless shelter
Take outgrown toys and new undergarments to the women's shelter
Visit a shut-in from your church
Have your blood pressure and cholesterol checked
Smile and speak to someone who looks like they need it
Tell someone about Jesus' magnificent love!
Matthew 22:36-39 (NIV)
"Teacher, what is the greatest commandment in the law."
"Love the Lord your God will all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'"