The options are endless if you put your mind to it. One secret to planning ahead is to start asking your family for gift cards for the next upcoming special occasion. My husband and I made it all the way through spring with the gift certificates we received at Christmas for the movie theater! What you do isn’t important; it’s the fact that you’re doing it together. If you don’t occasionally escape the ordinary, every-day chores of life, your marriage will suffer.

Yes, it’s hard to thank God for Mondays. You feel blue - the weekend is gone, the upcoming week at work stretches before you, along with the endless lists in your head. But one thing remains the same, just as it was the Saturday and Sunday before – you woke up in bed next to your spouse, surrounded by all the gifts God has blessed you with.

Instead of moaning about the mundane and ranting about the routine, choose to give thanks! Remember 1 Thessalonians 5:18 - "In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." Each day, each chore, each moment spent in your home with your spouse is a blessing. God is good -- through the boring, the eventful, the every-day, and the exciting.

Betsy St. Amant resides in northern Louisiana with her newly wed husband, Brandon. She is currently attending Louisiana Baptist University with a major in Christian Communications and is actively pursuing a career in inspirational writing. You can contact her at