At the beginning of the year, we set out to accomplished lots of goals, but as excitement of the “new” is starting to wear out, we are getting burned out during this season of spring cleaning and end-of-school-year events, or you’re just ready for a break, it is hard to be intentional about living out Mark 12:30-31. In these verses, Jesus says, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
During our church’s Parents’ Night Out, our children’s director led a devotion (before we left our kiddos for a date night) which included these verses. She shared that we need to love our closest neighbor, which is our spouse! To fully love our spouse, we need to know how they best receive love. At a book study, I got a great reminder of showing love using the five love languages.
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What is your love language? How can your husband show you love? What is your husband’s love language? How can you show him love?
Around this time of year, many people get the itch to do some spring cleaning. It is a whirlwind from the holidays on, and it is March before we realize the Christmas ornaments are still taking up residence in the garage, right in the middle of the path from the house to the car. True story. No matter how disorganized the rest of my house is, I usually try my hardest to make sure our bedroom is tidy. However, it has been a bit crazy the past few weeks, and I let a few things pile up.
Also, here’s an Update: In my last post about Marriage Goals in Action, I gave you 3 action steps to take. One of them was to schedule some Date Nights. I scheduled a date night for every 3rd Monday of the month on our Google calendar, and so far we have been able to go out sans kiddos in January and in February. This month, the mom’s group I am in, MOPS, is organizing a night out, and in April, our church is also organizing a night out for the couples with young kids. Hooray for a communities that encourage parents to grow in their marriage!
Are you a spring cleaner? Is your bedroom your sanctuary? If not, what is one thing you can do this week to make it a sanctuary
There is something about a new year that makes all the possibilities seem endless! It is a blank slate to be filled with resolutions or goals. You might have chosen one word to focus on for the year, like I did! There is a fresh calendar to be filled with activities with friends, family, church, and whatever else is out there.
And then, life happens. We are chaperoning kids’ field trips, chauffeuring kids from one activity to another. Kids get sick. You get sick. The car breaks down…again.