Listen to God's voice at the foot of the crucifix." ~St. Gaspar del Bufaro~

Monday, February 13, 2012

Love Is Never Last Minute!

Boy, St. Valentine's Day has really snuck up on me this year!
I found myself scurrying around the house today having the kids help me make and put up last minute decorations.  Don't all kids love to decorate for special occasions? But love really isn't last minute, is it?  Or is it?
Love, coming from God, is always on time.  But are we on time with our Love for Him?
St. Valentine's Day is a day we focus on the love and charity that we should really have all year round.
I like taking a little time to reflect on God's love and how I can best show a little more love, a little more often.  This is a great day out of the year to think about that:)

If you are looking for an easy idea to decorate for St. Valentine's Day, remembering how God first loved us, think about His Sacred Heart.  After all the real St. Valentine knew this…He loved Christ so much that he gave his life out of love.  {If you don't already have the book about the life of St. Valentine, I highly recommend it!  It's a family favorite that we look forward to each year:)}

We just took a package of heart-shaped cutouts and made them into the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
AND some adding a little brown icing!
These were just store-bought;)
What an easy way to transform the secular to the sacred...
Even if it is last-minute decoration, love itself is never last minute!
This was the scripture wreath we made last year...
My favorite scripture quote about love is stenciled above our kitchen table...
"Beloved let us love one another for love is of God...
"1 John 4:7
Last night we completed our "Socks of Love" St. Valentine service project...It went great!
Our parish youth and their families helped fill up 70 pairs of socks with toiletries for our local homeless shelter...

What a great job they did in less than an hour!  
I should not be amazed but I WAS...God provided the perfect amount of supplies for the number of socks we received, including the exact amount of tags.
Nope, God's love is never last minute...It is perfect and right on time.  Amen!
Socks of Love were dropped off at the local homeless shelter on St. Valentine's Day...I am always filled with joy over the love of Jesus in the hearts of these servants!
"O St. Valentine, lover of Christ and of the Church, we ask your intercession that we may learn how to love God above all things, and to selflessly love one another.  O glorious St. Valentine, pray for us, that we too may have the steadfast faith of the martyrs."


  1. What an amazing service project! Glad to hear that it went off so well.

    I didn't do any decorating for St. Valentine's Day this year, but the kids have been making Valentines for anybody they can think of and bringing them everywhere....wish I had that kind of energy! I did, however, make some cookies and we'll be having heart shaped cinnamon rolls for breakfast...hope that counts for something in the children's eyes.

  2. I did no decorating this year. I found some cute garland ideas on Pinterest but never did them! You always do a great job with your decorating. You're right that its a good day to think about more love, I think that's going to be our theme for Lent this year. Happy St. Valentine's Day!!!

  3. Happy St. Valentine's Day, thanks you for always sharing so lovingly your faith and heart.

  4. What love-ly and faith filled ideas! :) Happy St. Valentine's Day! I love all your great ideas to pass on our beautiful faith! I'll have to remember the Sacred Heart decorations for the future! Have a blessed day! :)

  5. Happy St. Valentine's Day! I love the Sacred Heart hearts! We do something similar at our house!
    I just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award:

    I'm not sure if you received it yet, but you defiantly deserve it!
    God Bless!

  6. What a great idea! I'm bookmarking this, so I will remember next year! I've gotten some wonderful ideas from you, Tiffany! ~Annita +JMJ+

  7. Happy St. Valentine's Day, Tiffany! I love your Sacred Hearts. They are really lovely. I hope you all have a wonderful love filled day!

  8. I love God-incidences. the perfect number of supplies and tags for the socks you had! amazing. God's love is amazing!! Love your secular to sacred project. Happy Valentine's Day!

  9. Happy Valentine's day to you and your family!!

  10. Thanks to all for stopping by! Hope your St. Valentine celebrations were blessed with love and laughter!


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