It is National Spouses Day! Celebrate with The Morning Thing 1/26/17

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From http://www.nationaldaycalendar.com/ – National Spouses Day is observed annually on January 26th. Dedicated to recognizing spouses everywhere, the day reminds us to take time for our mate. From being thankful for fulfillment and security of a long-term relationship to the boost of morale and well-being provided by spouses, there are many reasons to celebrate.  This day is a time to show your spouse that you care and appreciate all of the things that he or she does for you and the home.

Use #NationalSpousesDay to post on social media.

www.NationalToday.com conducted a survey for Spouses Day Survey. They asked 1,035 married Americans to dish on their spouses.
TOP 5 THINGS THAT ANNOY US ABOUT OUR SPOUSES
#1: My spouse has selective listening (40%)
#2: My spouse snores (39%)
#3: My spouse can be a control freak sometimes (26%)
#4: My spouse is not as financially responsible as I am (20%)
#5: My spouse has bodily quirks (e.g. nose picking, farting, burping, etc.) (19%)
TOP 5 REASONS AMERICANS APPRECIATE THEIR SPOUSES
#1: My spouse is a hard worker (60%)
#2: I can be myself around my spouse (56%)
#3: My spouse makes me laugh (56%)
#4: My spouse is smart (52%)
#5: My spouse is supportive of my goals and desires (48%)
To see the entire list of results, click HERE.

www.NationalToday.com gives us some great ideas on how to make this day special.

How to Celebrate National Spouses Day

1. Dine out at your favorite restaurant
Every married couple has a go-to restaurant. Whether it’s the local burger joint with the extra loaded cheese fries, or the fancy French establishment overlooking the river, treat each other to a quiet dinner. The topic of conversation? How much you love and support each other.

2. Enjoy a low-key night at home
If you have kids, hire a sitter for the night. This day is all about you and your spouse. Pop in a movie, cook dinner together, put together a jigsaw puzzle—it doesn’t matter what you do, as long as it’s in each other’s company, with no distractions.

3. Play the Newlywed Game
This game is all the more fun if you’re not a newlywed. You may live together, but how well do you and your spouse actually know each other? If you don’t have the board game, find some Newlywed Game questions online.

We also found 36 Bible Verses from www.intentionaltoday.com to Encourage Your Marriage!
Click HERE to see the complete list and start encouraging your spouse today.

Here are some of our favorites:

1 Peter 4:8

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

Colossians 3:14

And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

1 John 4:7

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.

1 John 4:19

We love because He first loved us.

Colossians 3:12-14

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

Ephesians 4:29

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

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