Love Conquers All Day | JOY for Today
That love conquers all, I have no doubt. It breaks down barriers, lights up the darkest nights, and finds a way in to warm even the coldest of hearts. Love will always win in the end but knowing love along the way adds JOY to the journey.
Love Conquers All Day - June 3rd Annually
JOY for Today Offerings:
- Did You Know... Four we didn't.
- Wolfe Stew Connects To the power of love.
- Bible Verses and Quotes Related to love.
- Activity Suggestions Heart Map, Song List, Story Prompt, Would You Rather, and Family Challenge
- Upcoming Holiday: Hot Air Balloon Day (June 5th Annually)
Did You Know:
- Love conquers definitions? We struggle to find one suitable definition for love so use it to describe a variety of feelings and actions. Merriam-Webster defines love nine ways as a noun and four as a verb. National Today identifies thirteen types of love.
- Love conquers death? When you spend time with people who love you, your risk of an early death is reduced by 50%. Moreover, having someone who cares about you nearby helps you heal twice as fast. (Peak Scientific & Marriage.com)
- Love conquers fear? Showing compassion (love definition number four at Merriam-Webster) for another reduces fear activation centers while increasing positive emotions and empathy. What's more, being in love leads to an overall deactivation of the amygdala, the fear control center of the brain. Experiencing love makes you braver. (Marriage.com)
- Love conquers sadness? Even searching for love provided a sense of happiness and life fulfillment and in the end, according to a Harvard study, is all that really matters to people. For a quick spike in happiness levels, tell someone you love how grateful you are for them. According to research, it works! (Marriage.com & Factinate)
- Love conquers poor work ethic? Employees who felt as though they worked in a loving and caring environment reported higher levels of satisfaction and teamwork. Attendance, job satisfaction, loyalty to employers, and performance accountability all increased. (Harvard Business Review)
We'd Love to Know:
What "love conquers" fact you would add.
Wolfe Stew Connects
"Okay, Aunt E., name the most powerful natural force in the world. And, before you say it, it is not love."
Quickly, I countered my nephew, "But it is love."
"Aunt E.! Love is not a natural force. It must be a force that observably impacts the geographical makeup of a region like wind eroding rocks, water carving a new riverbed, or gravity bringing a meteor crashing down into a field..."
"Or God, who is love, forming all of creation by His word."
"Okay, Aunt E. Okay. You win."
Really, the truth is, we all win.
"It's a long road, up Golgotha Hill-"Golgotha Hill" by Crowder
It's a long road, all terror and tears
But there ain't no stopping love...
You can't stop love."
- Consider where in your life you could use the unstoppable force of love. Pray that you see it moving and don't let up.
- Join us as we grow to be resourceful by looking at Proverbs 31:21. Currently, we are considering how to overcome fear by clothing our households in scarlet. Take a peek at our Wolfe Notes to see what we covered last week. Or engage in last year's growth opportunity and learn to IDENTIFY our true battle.
Bible Verses and Quotes
- "Most importantly, love each other deeply. Love has a way of not looking at others' sins." I Peter 4:8
- "Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails." I Corinthians 13:7-8 NCB
- "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13
- "He that loveth not, knoweth not God, for God is love." I John 4:8
- "Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome. For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God." I John 5:3-4
- "The best time to show love is when life is forcing you to show hatred." - Mitta Xinindlu
- "Love conquers all things, so we too shall yield to love" - Virgil
- "You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love." - Henry Drummond
- "When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace." - Anonymous
- "It's simple my heart is made from love and love will always beat hate any day and anywhere! No amount of evil can ever conquer me." - Angel Ramon Medina
We'd Love to Know:
Explore What Fills Your Heart
One of the sweetest things my nephew ever said to me was "Aunt E., you up fill my whole heart." It still brings tears to my eyes. Let your learners explore what fills their hearts with a heart map. Visit Curious Kindergarten for a visual version and Scholastic for a linguistic one.
Learn a Love Conquers All Song
Read the lyrics as poetry. Listen to the song. Then, sing along. Memorize it. Perform for another class. Create an inspired work from the song - journal entry, picture book, artwork, slideshow, etc.
- "All You Need is Love" Beatles
- "The Power of Love" by Huey Lewis and the News
- "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong
- "What the World Needs Now is Love" by Dionne Warwick
- "Hold Us Together" Matt Maher
Write a Love Conquers All Story
Discuss love and its effects with your learners. Does it really conquer everything? List examples of what you doubt love could conquer. Then, have each person draw a topic and devise a way that love would still emerge the victor.
Discuss "Would You Rather..." Questions
- Find a note tucked away in your lunchbox or go somewhere special after school?
- Choose to forgive someone who made you angry or compliment someone who thinks they are better than everyone else?
- Trust someone you don't know well with an item you care a lot about or tell the truth to an adult even though it could get you in trouble?
These questions are unique to this post. If you would like three "Would You Rather...?" questions for every May day, download this Wolfe Stew PowerPoint.
Take on the Family Challenge
Talk about what love is and how it is shown. Use I Corinthians 13:4-8 as a starting point. Discuss times when it is difficult to act in love. Encourage each other to show love in every circumstance and note times that, though it was hard, you still chose love. Talk about those moments at the end of the week.
We'd Love to Know:
How you teach learners to love.
We’re excited to share one more day with you and wish you JOY for Today and HOPE for Tomorrow.
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