|from our garden
Our bible talk two weeks ago quite gave us a glimpse of our upcoming Marrieds’ Retreat at the end of October.
The brother who’s leading our Btalk that night asked us to face our spouse, hold hands and look at each other’s eyes. I had goosebumps when he recited a passage from Songs of Solomon. Sorry I forgot the exact chapter and verse. He read it in Filipino but it sounds like this
Song of Songs 7
1 How beautiful your sandaled feet,
O prince’s daughter!
Your graceful legs are like jewels,
the work of a craftsman’s hands.
2 Your navel is a rounded goblet
that never lacks blended wine.
Your waist is a mound of wheat
encircled by lilies.
3 Your breasts are like two fawns,
twins of a gazelle.
4 Your neck is like an ivory tower.
Your eyes are the pools of Heshbon
by the gate of Bath Rabbim.
Your nose is like the tower of Lebanon
looking toward Damascus.
5 Your head crowns you like Mount Carmel.
Your hair is like royal tapestry;
the king is held captive by its tresses.
6 How beautiful you are and how pleasing,
O love, with your delights!
7 Your stature is like that of the palm,
and your breasts like clusters of fruit.
8 I said, “I will climb the palm tree;
I will take hold of its fruit.”
May your breasts be like the clusters of the vine,
the fragrance of your breath like apples,
9 and your mouth like the best wine.
May the wine go straight to my lover,
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10 I belong to my lover,
and his desire is for me.
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12 Let us go early to the vineyards
to see if the vines have budded,
if their blossoms have opened,
and if the pomegranates are in bloom—
there I will give you my love.
13 The mandrakes send out their fragrance,
and at our door is every delicacy,
both new and old,
that I have stored up for you, my lover.
Then, we were given small papers and pen and were asked to write the characters that we appreciate in our spouse. We exchanged papers with our spouse and were asked to read what our spouse wrote in the papers. In as short as 2 minutes I was able to write 5 traits that I like about hubby ie, responsible, industrious, caring and handsome.
And hubby was able to write 12! From what I remember he wrote – content, simple, loving, caring, spiritual and beautiful. I told the group is this really me?! But that’s how hubby sees me. They announced that hubby was the winner coz he can appreciate lots of positive things about me.
I think we need to have an appreciation night once in a while. With the fast paced life that we have, we tend to forget complimenting the good in our spouse. I was so encouraged with that activity *grin*