This week I took an idea from Simply Modern Moms and set up First Words Game. I printed the cards, cut them out, stacked them neatly in two piles – one for Tom and one for me. We sat in the living room across from each other, so we could see each other as we read our words. And then, the game began…
We took turns reading our word and saying the word that immediately came to mind. It was much more meaningful than I anticipated.
The one I remember most was when Tom read the word, “friends”. He teared up and replied, “Many”.
How true. Our marriage is richer because of the many friends we have who are just a little ahead of us in their relationship. This has served us well from when our children were little, working hard to train them to the best of our ability, as well as when they grew up and started leaving home. Our friends have set an example for us – opened their lives to us – helped us when we were discouraged – and prayed for us when we were weak.
We made a list of these friends and plan to communicate to them personally how their marriage has positively impacted ours. This won’t be something they haven’t heard before, for we try to express our gratefulness often. However, we were reminded to do it again – because of this simple word game on a very special date night.
“Encourage one another day after day as long as it is still called, ‘today'”. (Hebrews 3:13 NIV)
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