A friend gave me a pack of Love Dare cards not long after I got married. From time to time, I refer to it for little reminders on how to be more loving and thoughtful to my hubby.
This particular one has got me thinking this past week about how I can love more extravagantly. Something extraordinary, and that goes beyond our normal routine.
Extravagant love need not come with a hefty price tag. But it’s often big on thoughtfulness, effort and sometimes creativity.
It could mean walking malls in search of that out-of-stock briefcase.
It could mean rounding up a few of her friends to help plan that surprise birthday party.
It could mean going all out to have that much needed we-time at your special favorite cafe or restaurant.
It could mean reminding her to schedule some rest and relaxation time while you take over child-minding duties on a Saturday afternoon.
It could mean learning to cook his all-time favourite dish.
It could mean that we stop complaining and starting our sentences with, “You always…” or “You never…”
Post-children, it’s easy to lavishly love our children, and to scrimp a little on our spouse. They take centre-stage and the spouse gets the leftovers. Why is this so?
It’s easy to take each other for granted, to lapse into a comfortable all-is-well mode. But this love dare card reminds me to push the envelope, and to think of new ways to show my appreciation and love for the hubby.
It also reminds me of the origin of love. That God is love, and that He abounds in love towards us.
I pray this weekend you will discover that love knows no boundaries. May thinking of new ways to love become part and parcel of the way we do family.
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