My husband is a man who loves to surprise me. He loves to wait until the last minute to tell me where we’re going and what we’re going to do. I’ve learned to patiently wait, and also go prepared for any type of adventure or any weather change!
This past Monday was our 41st anniversary and we had discussed taking the day and spending it in nearby Pigeon Forge. We love it there and had several ideas of things to do. However, on Monday morning my husband told me to be ready to leave the house at 11:30 and be ready to head to an undisclosed lunch destination. He also told me I might want to wear a summer dress. I had no idea what he was up to, but I put on a summer dress, but also brought a denim jacket, shorts and casual top (just in case!).
Continuation of our series and review of the book, A Woman After God’s Own Heart.
I love getting to counsel women who are engaged and preparing for marriage. They are excited about their new life ahead with this man whom they love so much. I remember when I was in that stage of life – I couldn’t imagine that I could love Dale any more than I did at that moment. But Paul writes in Titus that the older women should instruct the younger women to love their husbands! Why? Because life happens. Struggles come. Sinners sin and love can be tested and strained. Therefore, younger women need to be taught how to love when it’s not all violin music and ocean sunsets.
It’s warming up pretty consistently here in East Tennessee. These are perfect opportunities to have a fun date with your spouse! Need some ideas? Here are a few fun ones to get you started:
Get outside and work in the yard together. Clean up any leaves from fall. Mow the grass, sweep the sidewalks and driveway. See if you could use some new shrubbery. Celebrate the beautiful yard with a Frosted Lemonade at Chick-Fil-A or an ice cream cone at Dairy Queen!
Take a bike ride on one of the local trails.
Go for a breakfast picnic. Be aware of the morning dew and take a towel or blanket to sit on or wipe down the table.
Take a hike on a mountain trail.
Take a drive in the country with the windows down.
Go to Lowe’s or any other paint store and pick out a color for a room in your house or a piece of furniture that needs some refreshing. Do the project together.
Build a fire in the fire pit in the evening.
Play a yard game like croquet, Frisbee, or badminton.
Wash the car together.
Go to the park and fly a kite.
Sit outside and watch the sunset from your porch swing.
Take a walk around the neighborhood hand in hand.
Go to a local drive-in like Sonic and enjoy lunch in the car with the windows down.
Go to yard sales and find items you need to make your porch inviting!
Find a little town you’d like to spend the day investigating and have a whole day away shopping, having coffee, and just walking its streets.
There are some ideas to get you started! What springtime dates have you planned? Remember, most times together won’ just happen! You have to be intentional!
Valentine’s Day found us doing just that. My sweet husband suggested a day spent driving to some of our favorite spots, but I knew the way to his heart would be to go on a hike. I realized that it would be just what we needed. After many busy days, some days apart and also ministering to others, what we needed was time alone.
Hiking a trail to White House Cliffs provided quiet, beauty and time for just the two of us. We passed NO ONE on the trail.
There were times I just stopped and listened to the stillness (while my heart was pounding loudly from the extreme climb!). We would stop and point out areas far from us, orienting ourselves as to our location. Okay, Dale did that, and I nodded!
At our lunch break at the top of our destination, Dale pulled his phone out and read Psalm 34 that he had read earlier in the day and had been meditating on. We stopped for prayer for our lives and our family.
We ended the day with a trip to a mountaintop where we sat in the car and watched the sun slip down below the ridge.
We avoided lines, crowds and stuff. This was just a perfect day together on the Scenic Route.
Want to see Dale’s description of our day? You can find his post here.
Refresh yourself in God’s House this weekend where you can enjoy the preaching of the Word, corporate prayer and fellowship! You need the church and the church needs you!