Monday, February 11, 2013

The Heart Stickers

The Heart Stickers
By Carri Pratt

“Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.. Matthew 22:37-39 NIV

Quite often the demands of life can become overwhelming, especially for our little ones.  It becomes rather easy to squeeze out daily ‘God Time’ and replace it with other important duties.

One of the best activities I have ever heard of has now become a Valentine’s Day tradition in my family.  This activity simply involves a sheet of heart stickers.  My children will gather around our Bible and my son will read Matthew 22:37-39.  We discuss how much God loves us and that He wants us to love Him in the same way. 

Each of the children then receives a page of heart stickers and they are set free to put them anywhere they want throughout the house.  Wherever they place the sticker down or see one, they say out loud, “I love You God or I love You Jesus.”  It is so very sweet to hear their little voices throughout the house praising God. 

We also talk about why they love Jesus and the many things God has done for them.  This family celebration makes the holiday very personal and awakens their little souls to new heights.

Challenge:  Purchase a sheet of heart stickers and try this exercise yourself with your little ones.

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