No Greater LOVE – Even on Valentine’s Day

 

It is hard for me to imagine that I could love my husband and our boys any more than I do. I hear that God loves me even more than that. A love that I can not even fathom. WOW! It is hard to wrap my brain around how much loves me – loves us. So I have decided today to step away from all the frills I place on Valentines Day and focus on what God says about love. Real. Unconditional. Genuine Love

This first verse we have all heard. But read it now just focusing on God like love

1 Corinthians 13

Love is patient, love is kind, love is not jealous, it does not boast, it does not become conceited, it does not behave dishonorably, it is not selfish, it does not become angry, it does not keep a record of wrongs, it does not rejoice at unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth, bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends. But if there are prophecies, they will pass away. If there are tongues, they will cease. If there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but whenever the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I set aside the things of a child. For now we see through a mirror indirectly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know completely, just as I have also been completely known. And now these three things remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.

 

1 John 4:16-18

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. (NIV)

Romans 12:9-13

Love must be without hypocrisy. Detest evil; cling to what is good. Show family affection to one another with brotherly love. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lack diligence; be fervent in spirit; serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer. Share with the saints in their needs; pursue hospitality. (HCSB)

John 13:34-35

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.

Gift Giving on Valentines

I love holidays. I love giving gifts on holidays.  I like planning what I will make and most importantly how I will wrap it up. This Valentines Day it will be cake balls and raspberry bread!  This will be the last time I make cake balls……………..they are too time consuming for me and I do not feel I can master them. Cake Balls are not for someone who is a  perfectionist.  I just can not get them to look as pretty as I would like. And when you don’t like the way they look you have to eat them to destroy the evidence. Bummer!! Not to mention that every single mistake showed its ugly face on my scales. Seriously, cake balls are small – so please tell me how they could add so many pounds to my scales? I even pick up my scales and move them to different parts of our home to see if it changes……….but nope!  Just because you do not like the way the cake ball turns out does not mean it is calorie free!! That breaks my heart!  But my raspberry bread does not require what the cake balls do of me!  My raspberry bread is put in a clear cellophane bag and tied with a red ribbon! Simple!! 

Here’s my cake balls and how I spiffed them up for gifts. I got the heart shaped bowls at Target then wrapped them up with clear cellophane from Hob Lob and tied with red ribbon I already had. 

“Sweets for the Sweet!!”

I have had this recipe for Raspberry Bread forever. I do not even remember who gave me the recipe. Since it turns out red I make it not only for Valentines Day but also for July 4th. It is simple and quick to make. I think it took about 5 minutes to make. 

Now wrap it up – tie it with a ribbon – and that’s it!!

 

RASPBERRY BREAD

1 white cake mix

1/2 cup water

3/4 cup oil

3 T. sifted flour ( oops – I did not sift)

4 eggs

10 oz bag of frozen rapberries

2 – 3 oz boxes of raspberry jell-o

Combine the first 6 ingredients. beat at moderate speed for 2 minutes. Add the frozen raspberries and beat another 2 minutes. Pour into greased bread pans. I used 4 small loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes. 

This is truly a very delicious bread!

Happy Valentines My Peeps!

It’s all about LOVE

These are my husbands and my thumb prints that  make a heart. Ahhhh – isn’t that sweet!!

His thumb is just much larger than mine!!  I have had that little metal frame forever!!

I have it sitting in a little ivy topiary.

 

Houseplants can even show LOVE – or I LOVE houseplants!! 

I love this little guy

The real love story…………….

““For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,

that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” 

John 3:16 NIV1984

Romantic Valentine Dinner for Two

We are having a special dinner at home tonight. I know! Valentines Day is not until Tuesday. There are lessons learned in the past only remind us that if you want to go out for a special and romantic dinner – don’t do it on the 14th of February. I think marketing has trained our society that we must make a mad dash to our favorite restaurant on Valentines Day.  Besides tonight we will be more relaxed to enjoy our dinner and in reality I never know when my husband is going to come home after work. He is in health care biz and that is not a 9 – 5 job!!!

We have a beautiful silver champagne/wine bucket that normally gets used only for flowers.  This red begonia looks like roses. 

I think we will have a Cosmo – I can only have one!!! ONE!! Those things beg me to have more than one but again…..”lessons learned”……..one is plenty for this girl. I love these Waterford Martini glasses. They get used one time a year – kinda sad, huh!

 

We have this small table in the corner of our living room. It is actually an antique card table. The tablecloth is from my precious Aunt Pearl who told me she made it – but my mother said she doubted it.  I loved my Aunt Pearl so much, I always look at this tablecloth and imagine that she did make it. But, my mother was probably right………there would of been no way my Aunt Pearl could of sat still long enough to crochet the tablecloth.

 

We have a small collection of monogrammed silver – I love these butter knifes. 

 

 The chargers are actually over sized dinner plates that I only have 4 of them – I think they came from Home Goods over 10 years ago.

The dinner plates are Johnson Bros. Chippendale pattern.

The bread plate/salad plate is Villeroy & Boch Fasan

Water and Wine glasses are Waterford Lismore 

Martini glasses are Waterford

Martini shaker from Pottery Barn 

 

Happy Valentines to all!

“Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” 

1 Corinthians 13: 6-7 NIV1984