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It’s Valentine’s Day, the one day a year where we give heart cards, boxes of chocolate hearts, and eat candy hearts.  But what about that real heart that beats inside your chest?  How do we give that heart without breaking, share our heart without being embarrassed, and nourish our heart so that it beats strong and healthy?

Preparation: Cut out a huge heart of red construction paper for each child participating.  Then cut that heart into five pieces (writing their initials on the back of each piece).  Hide those pieces in the living area where you will be together for the lesson.

We all have hearts, and they beat and that’s why we are still alive.  God made   our hearts, and   sometimes   in life we get our hearts 

broken, or we have hearts that hurt because of someone mistreating us, or maybe we’re just worried and our hearts feel heavy.  The Bible has a lot to say about hearts that are broken and need Jesus.  Let’s find our broken hearts and put them together again!

Facts about the heart are fascinating, and what His word says is just as interesting and good!  As we read a verse, find a piece of your heart and then put together the puzzle and know you are loved!

How many times does your heart beat in a day? (Let kids guess and then find a piece of their heart). Your heart beats 100,000 times a day!  That’s a lot of beats!  Proverbs 12:25 "Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up."   Have you ever been hurt by an unkind word?  His word to you is that you are loved, and his kindness is always with you.

How much blood does your heart beat in a minute? (Let kids guess and find a piece of their heart.) Your heart pumps 1.5 gallons of blood every minute – what? Psalm 28:7 "my heart trusts in him, and he helps me."  This means when we trust in God, he helps our heart stay strong.

Whose heart beats faster, men or women? (Let kids guess and find a piece of their heart.) A woman’s heart beats about 8 times faster than the heart of a man. Proverbs 4:23 "guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it."  How do we guard our hearts?  We keep them pure from any wrong thinking or doing.

About how big is an adult’s heart?  Size of fist, a watermelon, or a golf ball? (Let kids guess and find a piece of their heart.) An adult’s heart is about the size of your fist. Psalm 44:21 "he knows the secrets of the heart."  This means he knows when we are sad, even when no one else understands.

What insect has the smallest heart? (Let kids guess and find a piece of their heart.) The fairy fly, about the size of a wasp, has the smallest heart. Psalm 90:12 "that we may gain a heart of wisdom."  God gives us a wise heart when we ask.

Which animal has the largest heart? (Let kids guess and find a piece of their heart.) Whales have the largest heart of any mammal. Psalm 51:10 "Create in me a pure heart, O God."  Only God can make our hearts clean and pure, without hatred or envy or jealousy. 

What’s something good we can do for our hearts? (Let kids guess and find a piece of their heart.) Laughing is good for the heart and reduces stress. Psalm 16:9 "Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure."

Let’s all laugh out loud, and see who can laugh the longest!

Now that we’ve collected the pieces of our hearts, let’s put them together to form a complete heart, whole and perfect.  Isn’t God good that he makes our hearts sing and live and beat for Him?  He cares about everything that hurts us, and always make us well and strong again.

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