How to Have a Meaningful Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is coming up. Have you made plans?

I love to give. In fact, my natural inclination is to go over the top. My wife tries to keep me in check. Americans spend billions of dollars on this holiday. Consumers were surveyed and chocolate, candy, or food treats took the top spot, followed by flowers, then jewelry. Now, this stuff adds up fast. So, if you’re committed to stewarding your money well this year, you can demonstrate your love without spending or borrowing a bunch of money. Just be creative! Here are some of my ideas:

Make a card. Encourage your spouse and affirm your love. Surprise him or her with it. Everyone needs verbal affirmations and this holiday is a great time to share them! Make a gift certificate for something meaningful. Whether detailing your wife’s car or cooking your husband’s favorite meal, you know what will be appreciated. Plan and cook a meal together. Follow that by a long walk. Work a puzzle while listening to music or an audiobook. Enjoy a special cup of coffee or tea together. Make alternate plans if you have to work or can’t celebrate on the 14th. If you don’t already, start reading the Bible aloud together every night and pray as a family. I encourage husbands to lead in this. Wives, your mate may not feel competent, but encourage him and honor his efforts. Remember, nothing on earth can come close to the love that was demonstrated by God who gave us His only son. Cherish it and pass it on!

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