Spring is busting out all over! Well, maybe not all over, but at least in the grocery story candy aisle. Have you already bought some goodies for your family’s Easter baskets? My family loves the peanut butter and chocolate eggs and, of course, the tiny jelly beans. And what about your spouse? Do you ever make a basket for your husband or wife too?
If you are considering an Easter basket for your spouse, I’d like to tell you about some goodies that won’t derail your diet or empty your checkbook. Are you interested?
Easter basket contents
To make an Easter basket that will bless you marriage, here are the necessary goodies. First, purchase a bag of the multi-colored plastic eggs – you will need a dozen. Begin to brainstorm while driving to work or waiting in the line for the carpool at your kid’s school. You’ll want to think of six affirming remarks that would cheer the heart of your spouse. If you can’t think of six, don’t hesitate to ask God for help. After all, marriage is His creation, and God is the ultimate inspiration for marriages that last.
As the words of affirmation begin to come to your mind, jot them on slips of paper, and when you have six, you will be ready to open the plastic eggs and place the notes inside. These words of affirmation will “resurrect” a love that may be lying dormant at the moment.
But that is not all your spouse needs. You both need what is going to be written and placed in the last six eggs. I am going to help you with those.
You are going to write six different “proverbs of forgiveness.” (Remember, a proverb is a wise maxim.)
Easter is a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus. One of the first issues that Jesus addressed after rising from the dead is embodied in the notes inside these six eggs. What is the issue? Forgiving freely.
Forgiving freely is a critical element in loving your spouse. In fact, it is not an option if we want to stay out of divorce court!
Here are the “forgiveness proverbs” to place in each of six different plastic eggs:
1. May we remember to forgive is a heroic choice that is not for the weak but for the strong.
2. May we remember daily to forgive one another for what we do best – being human – which is often messy.
3. May we remember that being offended is inevitable, but staying offended is a choice.
4. May we remember that if we go to bed angry with our spouse, we will wake up a little less in love with him or her.
5. May we remember that being a good forgiver and a good lover are inextricably linked.
6. May we remember that couples who struggle to forgive each other are the norm, but God freely forgave us in Jesus so that we could freely forgive each other.
If you fill up your spouse’s Easter basket with these kinds of goodies – the sweet treats of affirmation and these six “forgiveness proverbs” – and feast on them in your heart and mind, your marriage will be blessed long after Easter has passed.
Jackie Kendall is an author and motivational speaker who lives in West Palm Beach with her husband. For more information on Jackie’s newest book “Free Yourself to Love: The Liberating Power of Forgiveness,” visit www.JackieKendall.com.