God tells us in I Corinthians 13:4-8 what
love is like. Here are a few thoughts to
stimulate your further consideration.
1. Love is patient.
We are loving when we are willing to give
time in consideration of someone else or to
math concept yet again.
2. Love is kind.
Sometimes we need to stop and evaluate
is real kindness, or the easy way out, when
we fail to
lovingly confront a problem with a loved one or
discipline our children.
3. Love does not envy.
We might not recognize it as such when we envy
another home schooler who apparently has it all
together when we feel that we do not.
4. Love does not brag.
It is sometimes a fine line between
benefits of home schooling and
5. Love is not arrogant.
This might be a temptation when we are
for our rights or what we think is
6. Love does not act
A test for this one might be: would we act and
talk the same way to our family if a friend were
7. Love does not seek his/her
Selflessness is a true badge of love.
This is not
the world's way, but God will reward us for
8. Love is not easily
If we find ourselves taking everything the
way, it's time to realize that we need love
"to cover a
multitude of sins."
9. Love thinks no evil.
Give others the benefit of the doubt and don't
jump to the worst conclusion. Don't hold a
remember past wrongs.
10. Love does not rejoice in
The failure of public education should make us
sympathize with those harmed, not rejoice
schools are so bad.
11. Love rejoices in the
We should be happy when justice is
12. Love bears and endures all
Yes, life is hard, but love enables us to bear
wrongs against us, even by those we
13. Love believes and hopes all
Oh, the many mothers who have never given
their families, but have prayed and believed,
that they would follow the Lord!
How can you be a truly loving
The Holy Spirit produces love, joy, peace,
patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness, and self-control in the lives of
those who abide in Him (Galatians 5:22, 23).
Words by Frederick M. Lehman,
written in 1917. Public Domain
This song beautifully describes God's love
God's Love Is Unsurpassable
The love of God
is greater far
Than tongue or pen
can ever tell;
It goes beyond
the highest star,
And reaches to
the lowest hell.
The guilty pair,
bowed down with
God gave His Son
His erring child
And pardoned from
O love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure
The saints' and angels' song.
God's Love Is Unconditional
When hoary time
shall pass away,
And earthly thrones
and kingdoms fall;
When men who here
refuse to pray,
On rocks and hills
God's love, so sure,
to Adam's race,
and angels' song.
God's Love Is Indescribable
Could we with ink
the ocean fill,
And were the skies
of parchment made;
Were every stalk
on earth a quill,
And every man
a scribe by trade;
To write the love
of God above
the ocean dry;
Nor could the scroll
contain the whole,
from sky to sky.
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In This Issue
The Greatest of All Is Love
"But now faith, hope, love, abide these three;
but the greatest of these is love."
1 Cor. 13:13
• Who Should We Love?
• 5 Practical Ways To Show Love
• True Love and Purity
• Is Your Love Showing?
• "The Love of God"
• Birch Court Books: Great Read-Aloud Series
• Systematic Mathematics: DVD Math Curriculum
The greatest of all is love! This makes it the most important thing that we can teach our children.
Jesus gave a summary of all God's commandments as:
1. Love God with all
your heart, and with all your soul, and with
all your mind, and with all your strength
2. Love your neighbor
22:35-40 and Mark
In this issue we suggest some specific and
practical ways your can show love to those
around you – all year long.
May the Lord richly bless your family for His glory.
The Pat Welch Family, Publishers
Pat, Sue, Heather, Holly, and Brian
The Teaching Home is a home-school, family-run business operated in our home since 1980.
Who Should We Love?
Just as God loves everyone, so are we to love.
1. The Lord Our God
"You shall love the Lord your God
with all your heart, and with all your soul
and with all your mind"
2. Your Husband/Wife
"The young women to love their husbands . . ."
"Husbands, love your wives,
just as Christ also loved the church
and gave Himself up for her"
Busters. Dr. Willard
F. Harley, author of His
Needs, Her Needs: Building an Affair-Proof
identifies the most common love busters in
(or any relationship) as selfish demands,
judgments, angry outbursts, annoying habits,
behavior, and dishonesty.
Builders website, you
will be introduced to some of the best ways
marital conflicts and some of the quickest
• The Marriage Series, nine DVDs by Dr. S.M. Davis at solvefamilyproblems.com.
Life. This large
website, familylife.com, has many resources for a healthy
DVD and The
Love Dare book.
3. Our Children
"The young women . . . to love their children"
• See Newsletter #277 on how to nurture our children.
4. Brothers and Sisters in Christ
"A new commandment I give to you,
that you love one another,
even as I have loved you,
that you also love one another.
"By this all men will know that you are My disciples,
if you have love for one another"
(John 13:34, 35)
"You shall love your neighbor as yourself"
6. The Needy and Unlovely
"If a brother or sister is without clothing
and in need of daily food,
and one of you says to them,
"Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,"
and yet you do not give them what is
necessary for their body, what use is that?"
"If you love those who love you,
what credit is that to you?
For even sinners love those who love them"
Find someone that you would not naturally show
love to and do so for the Lord's sake. He
when we were unlovely to Him.
7. Those Who Have Done Us Wrong
"But I say to you who hear,
love your enemies,
do good to those who hate you,
bless those who curse you,
pray for those who mistreat you"
(Luke 6:27, 28)
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5 Practical Ways To Show Love
"Little children, let us not love
with word or with tongue,
but in deed and truth"
(1 John 3:18)
Show love (and teach your children to do
so also) in the following ways on Valentine's
Day – and all year long!
1. Show Your Love with: Words
Words are a very powerful way to express
The more specific your words, the more
they are. Tell your loved one how much
you love him,
how important he is to you, and how much you
certain of his attributes or actions.
Look for ways to express what is in your
either spoken or written words on a regular
God used words to tell us how much He
loves us. We can use words in prayer
and songs of praise to tell God that we love
A traditional Valentine (or other
occasion) card can be
bought or creatively hand made.
• Find detailed instructions to make elegant
using a variety of materials and techniques
• Find Christian e-cards at crosscards.com or dayspring.com.
Daily Words of Love
Establish the habit of saying something
kind to each
member of your family every day.
as you are
saying goodnight, you could thank each one for
contributions they made to the family that
their acts of thoughtfulness and kindness,
them something you appreciate about
become a special time that your family will look
forward to each night and can make a
attitudes and actions within the
Praise to Others
Let your loved ones hear you praising them
A hand-written letter can be (and usually
is) kept and cherished
Write to your husband,
children, and loved
ones to tell them of your love; your hopes,
and prayers for their future; etc.
Phone calls are very inexpensive
now. You can call
a friend across the country and have a
for under $1.
Just a short time to
catch up on news
and let your friend know that you are praying
for her and
that you value your friendship can be a
Sharing the Good News of Salvation
If you truly love someone that isn't
saved, you will want to give them the
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel,
for it is the power of God for salvation
to everyone who believes"
tracts, such as Steps to Peace with God, and scripture
portions, such as the Gospel of John from Pocket Testament League make an excellent aid in
Tip: If you have time when sharing, read through the tract or plan of salvation (included in the front of the Gospel of John) with the recipient and ask if they have questions.
2. Show Your Love with: Time
Time spent together focusing on your loved
his needs, and his interests is a genuine act
Just being together is the best gift you can
those you love.
In your family, this can be made a regular
to drop everything and spend the first 10-15
minutes with your husband when he gets
home or go on a
walk together. Do not monopolize
the time with your
concerns; listen to the report of his day.
• Schedule time
alone, even 5-10 minutes, with each of
your children each day. One
suggestion is to have a
helper with you for each of your tasks
such as cooking,
laundry, errands, etc. Use the time
together to visit, talk
about his interests, but especially to
listen to your child.
a friend or family over for a meal or a
neighbor in for a cup of tea.
• Visit a
shut-in and ask him to share something about
don't forget to spend time with the Lord each
3. Show Your Love with: Gifts
It really is the thought that counts
– your gifts
do not need to be large or expensive to be
valued as a
tangible expression of your affection.
Small purchased or handmade gifts that
thoughtfulness could include flowers, a pen
a hair clip or piece of jewelry, a pot
holder, a tool, a
wallet, an item to add to a favorite
photo, bookmark, handkerchief, favorite food,
Gifts can remind your loved one of your
him as he sees and uses the gift.
For those in real need, a more practical
or substantial gift would be appropriate.
"But whoever has the world's goods,
and sees his brother in need
and closes his heart against him,
how does the love of God abide in him?"
(1 John 3:17).
4. Show Your Love with: Acts of Service
Serving the needs of a loved one really
Do one of your loved one's regular chores,
errand, do something he hasn't had time to
do, sew on
a button or mend a garment, notice something
and bring it to him, etc.
Opportunities for service to those outside
your family might include providing a meal,
running errands, doing yard work, or
providing child care for the sick, shut-ins,
busy home-school mothers, etc.
5. Show Your Love with: Physical Touch
• Hugs, kisses, and other shows of affection are appropriate for family members.
• A hand shake, or hug for a member of the same gender, is appropriate for others.
The Five Love Languages
Read more about the ways that you can show
love to others in these three books by Gary
Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt
Commitment to Your Mate
Five Love Languages of Children
Five Love Languages of Teenagers.
Discover your, your husband or wife's, and children's love language with a short
True Love and Purity
This Valentine's Day might be a good
opportunity to talk to
your children about the difference between
real love between a
man and a woman (e.g., unselfishly seeking
the welfare of the
other and committing to life-long marriage)
and the world's use
of the word "love."
Depending on the ages of your children,
you might need to
scale it down for all of them, and then have
a more specific
conversation with your older children.
Do not assume that Christian children,
growing up in a godly
Christian home, know about these issues. You
need to come
straight out and talk about them.
For instance, most will agree with
the concept of
keeping themselves pure until marriage, but
what exactly does
that mean to you? To them? And how is that
One of the most basic rules of conduct for
you and your
Never be alone with a member of the
opposite sex unless
you are married to him/her or he/she is part
of your immediate
This rule was common for all decent
people, Christians or
not, in our country until relatively recently
when the practice
of dating became common. This rule:
• Protects you
and another from temptation too great to
• Protects you
from abuse or harm.
• Protects your
reputation from false accusations.
• Provides a
good example so that others may enjoy the
• Three books by
Joshua Harris: Sex
Is Not the Problem (Lust Is): Sexual Purity
in a Lust-Saturated World; I Kissed
Dating Goodbye; and Boy
Meets Girl: Say Hello to Courtship.
• Series of 10
DVDs on Betrothal/Courtship/Dating by Dr.
S.M. Davis, SolveFamilyProblems.com.