Day 2 – The Valentine Challenge for Couples

The 5-Day Valentine Challenge

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 The Valentine Challenge for Couples – Day 2

Every once in a while, I get the obvious question from my kids, “What did you ever do without cell phones?”

The thing is, I know what we did, I just don’t know how we didn’t go crazy doing it some days. Okay, I’m not just talking about cell phones either. Electronics in general have made our lives easier. They’ve changed the world as we knew it. Texting has replaced phoning, Wikipedia has replaced the encyclopedia, and email has replaced an envelope and stamp.

School projects included a trip to the library where we searched through book after book just to learn about birds. Now it’s simply click after click. How cool is that?

And snail mail? I rarely to never send it anymore, but back in the day I did. A lot. After all, those love notes weren’t going to mail themselves out, were they? *wink*

After I graduated high school, a friend told me to start hanging on to every little thing I got from a boy. “You never know,” she said, “he could be the one that you marry.”

So save I did. Ticket stubs, candy wrappers, receipts… anything that reminded me of time spent with Michael was put into the Love Box for safe keeping.

And of course, I got to work making some treasures myself. Cutting words out of magazines, I used to make little ransom notes for him. Searching, and cutting and clipping, I’d create love notes, then send them his way. I must have had a lot more time back then, than I do now.

Over the years, the “Love Box” has grown into a love house. So many memories have been made under this roof over the years. So many things are a simple reminder of who we are as a couple and how far we’ve come as a family, including the countless photos we’ve tucked away into albums.

But as far as we’ve come and as old as we get, one thing never gets old. It’s hearing the words, “I love you.”

[Love] always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. – 1 Corinthians 13:7-8

And so today I’d like to challenge you to write each other a letter. It doesn’t have to be long, in fact if you’re giving each other a Valentine’s card, perhaps you can compose one there, on the blank side.

If you’re doing the challenge alone, then you can still participate by writing your husband one.

Tell him why you love him. Take the time to share your heart in an intimate way. Remind him how much he is loved. Create a memory worth hanging on to.

You are loved by an almighty God,

Darlene Schacht
The Time-Warp Wife

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Join us tomorrow for day three in the challenge, “Have an electronic-free night.”

Coming up later this week:
Thursday – Bless someone else with a Valentine’s surprise (a widow? a single person?)
Friday (or Saturday) – Have a special date night either inside or outside the home.


  • Rossana

    Hi! Yesterday I decided to join this challange. I am tooking it alone, but confident God wants me to do it, and remain focused on my marriage as He wants me to.
    Day 1 was easy and I thought day 2 would be too, until this morning we had an argue with my husband.
    Thank God I stopped talking, praid and understood my husband had a point, but the feeling of sadness is steel in me.
    All of this leads me to realize that writing good things about my husband when I feel happy is so easy!!! But today, I think the challange would be special. I’ll need to leave this sadness feeling at a side and focus on him, the person God gave me as my husband. That’s interesting for me!!!
    Hope I can do my best, and hope God will guide my heart, my soul and my words to my husband today.
    Darlene, thank you for posting this challange, and for being an instrument of God.
    Please appologize my english if it is not that correct. I’m from Uruguay, and english is not my first lenguage.

    • Darlene Schacht

      Yes, you’re right on Rossana. It’s easy to love the lovable, but the real challenge lies in loving like Christ loved. He died for a world that rejected Him. I can’t even begin to fathom the depth of His love. It’s amazing.

  • Lucy Ann

    Everyday I wake up early with my husband as he gets ready for work. I prepare his morning coffee and make his lunch. Along with packing his lunch… I always pack a “love note” each day! After awhile my husband starting leaving me a ‘love note” each day, before he leaves for work…sometimes I find the note in the bedroom, bathroom, in my bible, on my desk…it is a fun way to start each day 🙂 I have kept every note…my love box is overflowing…

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