Gift-giving week should be a lot of fun.
In the Bible it says, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above coming down from the Father of lights…” James 1:17 (ESV)
God loves to lavish his children with good gifts. He is generous in nature. And it is a joy to give gifts to those we love! I believe giving gifts is an excuse to tell someone; “I see you, I notice you, I like you and I affirm your interests and abilities.” It can even be a time to communicate that you believe in someone’s dreams.
For example, when I gave the gift of guitar lessons to my spouse when we were first married I wanted to express, “I love you and I see your love for music and I think you will be awesome at it.”
When I gave my son a beautiful leather journal with a sketch book in it I wanted to say to him, “I love you and I see your love for drawing and I think you are so good at it and your drawings are so valuable, they need a special place.”
Not every gift we give can be a gift like that, and certainly there are times when the always-popular traditional gifts like flowers or baked goods are what is in order; but I want to challenge us to pray and ask God (who loves to give good gifts Himself) if there is a gift we could give our spouse that would touch their heart and affirm their worth and, perhaps, their dreams?
The Challenge of the Week is GIFTS*.
*We encourage you to check out Gary Chapman's book, The 5 Love Languages, the origin of the Love Languages concept.