You don’t have to buy expensive jewelry, purchase an over-priced bouquet of flowers or dine at an expensive restaurant in order to properly express your love on Valentine’s Day. But you do have to have the right perspective—God’s (1 John 4:8-11).
Demonstrating your love requires more heart and thought rather than dollars and cents. Below are a few suggestions on how you can affirm your love through matching your actions to your words (1 John 3:18).
Under $60. Picnic lunch/dinner at the Dallas Arboretum on the Martin Rutchik concert stage and lawn area, overlooking White Rock Lake. Admission is $12 per person or $10 for those who are 65 and older. Parking is $7 and the Arboretum hours are from 9:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m. seven days a week.
Either take Valentine’s Day off, or leave work by noon and prepare a nice picnic lunch/dinner, packed with your spouse’s favorite finger foods (e.g., buffalo wings, sliders, mini-sandwiches, fruit, cheese, sparkling cider, chocolate dipped strawberries, etc.). Bring some soothing music, a blanket to sit on and if it’s chilly, something to keep your spouse warm. Be creative and have fun.
Don’t want to wait until Valentine’s Day to take your sweetheart on this romantic and picturesque date? Go on the weekend.
Remember to include a poem, a love letter or purchase a card to accompany this day with words of affirmation and devotion.
Under $30. Dinner and a movie for two for only $26. MamaSource (by MamaPedia) is offering a fabulous local/national Valentine’s Day deal, available for the next three days (until Thursday, February 9, 2012); so act now. At a 47 percent discount, you’ll receive a $50 eGift certificate from Restaurant.com and two movie tickets from Hollywood Movie Money Tickets. Click the following link to purchase this deal and view the local restaurants and movie theaters that comply with this offer: Mamasource Valentine Exclusive.
In addition, to make this a memorable occasion, write a heartfelt poem, love letter or card expressing what you love and admire most about your spouse.
Under $20. Romancing the Stars. There’s nothing quite like experiencing the awestruck wonder of God’s beautiful celestial work—the stars. But in Dallas, Texas it can still be quite cold and rainy in February. So to help you enjoy the magnificence of God’s handiwork without being at the mercy of the weather, University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) is offering two special, couples only showings at their state-of-the-art planetarium that boasts a 60 foot diameter dome and the Digistar 4 DLP Projection system. This is one of the largest and most innovative planetariums in the state of Texas.
It’s fitted with nearly 150 comfortable, reclining seats; provides radio headsets for the hearing impaired and is wheelchair accessible.
The cost is $15 per couple and includes a rose and a box of chocolates. The showtimes are: Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 5:30—6:30 p.m. and Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 6:00—7:00 p.m.
To reserve your tickets, you can call 817-272-1183 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Reservations and payment are required in advance.
Whether you’re the planner or the recipient of any of these romantic and refreshing ideas, remember to keep it in God’s perspective and not yours or the worlds. The concentration should not be on how much money you’ve spent, but on how much love you’ve expressed to God (1 John 5:3-5).