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I Thank God for You
How often do you tell your spouse how thankful you are for them? It’s easy to casually tell them you love them. We say, “I love you,” when we leave the house, end a phone call, or when saying goodnight to each other. But we tend to forget to express deep thankfulness for one another. Sometimes we just don’t know what we are really thankful for—a thankful heart takes practice . . . and practice makes perfect!
This month, our Married Couples ministry would like to challenge you to express thankfulness for one another. How? Well, that’s the challenge! It can be as easy as thanking your spouse for making your coffee every morning, or leaving notes throughout the month expressing how thankful you are they're in your life. So, put on your thinking cap and let the thankfulness begin.
“I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in Him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge.”—1 Corinthians 1:4-5 (NIV)
Date Night Ideas:
Challenge 1: The Couple that Serves Together Stays Together
Instead of having a traditional date night, how about volunteering together to help those in need? You will experience each other’s gifts and talents while using them to serve others. Volunteer to help those who went through Hurricane Irma, volunteer at a soup kitchen, or hand out bottles of water to the homeless. At the end of the day, treat yourselves to a nice meal and share something new you learned about your spouse and how thankful you are for it.
Challenge 2: A Thankful Date
Pick a date one week in advance and make it a “thankful date.” What is a “thankful date” you ask? For one week, you’ll write down everything you’re thankful for about your spouse. Then, read your lists to each other during your date. You’ll feel surprised about what they say! Just hearing words of thankfulness can make you fall in love all over again. Be still my beating heart!
Challenge 3: Acts of Gratitude
If your spouse's love language is acts of service, this is the challenge for you. This month, express your thankfulness through actions. Think of a way you can show your spouse how thankful you are for them—this is where your creative juices kick in. If your spouse is a sports fanatic, take them to see their favorite team play. Or, if your spouse loves art, take them to visit an art museum! It doesn’t have to be anything fancy—even taking them to their favorite ice cream parlor can feel super thoughtful. Let your imagination run wild to see how creative you can be!
We want to hear from you! E-mail MarriedCouples@CalvaryFTL.org about your date night story! Share your dates on social media by tagging your photos with #DateNightStories to encourage other couples with what the Lord is doing in your marriage.