Little Surprises: Big Impact
If there’s one thing Solomon probably didn’t pen down in his proverbs, it’s the importance of keeping the ‘zing’ alive with surprises in a relationship. But trust me, if he had been a millennial dating in this age of Instagram and TikTok, he definitely would have!
There’s an undeniable power in little surprises. They’re like the sneak attack hugs of the relationship world, and boy, do they pack a punch! A pinch of spontaneity, a dollop of thoughtfulness, and a sprinkle of love – it’s the recipe for relationship magic. I mean, who can forget that moment when Ruth just randomly decided to stay with Naomi? Ultimate surprise bonding moment right there.
We’re wired for connection, it’s in our DNA. Deep down, we’re all just looking for our own ‘Jonathan’ to knit souls with. So, every time you pull off one of these surprise shenanigans, you’re not just boosting his day; you’re fortifying the bridge between your hearts. Think of it as adding an extra layer of bricks and cement to your relationship foundation. Solid, unshakeable, and ready to withstand the test of time.
1. Breakfast in Bed
Loaves, Fishes, and French Toast?
You remember that story in the Bible, right? Where Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes? While I’m not saying you need to whip up a miracle for your man, showing up with breakfast in bed is pretty close in my book. Especially when it’s Monday morning, and the snooze button’s been given a workout.
Crafting that Favorite Meal
Hey, remember that time you subtly tried to find out his favorite breakfast meal while pretending to peruse the cereal aisle? It’s time for that reconnaissance to pay off! Whether it’s scrambled eggs sprinkled with just the right amount of cheddar, or pancakes shaped (somewhat) like David’s star, making his most-loved morning delicacies is going to score you some significant heaven points.
Remember in Proverbs 31:14, “She is like the merchant ships; she brings her food from afar.” Now, ‘afar’ in our context could simply mean the hipster grocery store three blocks down, but hey, it still counts.
It’s All About the Presentation
Anybody can slap a piece of toast on a plate and call it a day. But you? You’re going for the gold. A sprig of parsley here, a neatly folded napkin there, and maybe, just maybe, a cheeky note referencing a lovey-dovey Bible verse (think Song of Solomon, just… not too spicy). “Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm; for love is strong as death.” – Song of Solomon 8:6. You see, that’s the kind of stuff that makes his heart go pitter-patter… or maybe that’s the bacon. Either way, it’s a win!
And, let’s sprinkle in a nugget of wisdom from our Eastern pals for good measure. As the Buddhist saying goes, “To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” And nothing says ‘good health’ like a balanced breakfast – even if it’s got a generous side of whipped cream.
Okay, moving on from breakfast to… Well, the rest is a surprise! But trust me, he’s in for a treat!
2. Personalized Notes and Messages
When Post-its Become Prayer Requests
Moses had tablets, and well, we have… sticky notes. Imagine this: He’s rummaging through his bag, trying to find that charger for the umpteenth time, and then bam! He finds a cute little note from you, nestled between his lunchbox and his Bible. Maybe it’s a cheeky “I’m praying for you – especially your taste in ties,” or a straightforward “You’re the Proverbs 31 man!” (Wait, is that a thing?). In any case, leaving little scribbles of affection in the most unexpected places makes for a delightful surprise.
Forget the Burning Bush; We’ve Got Emojis
Remember when God used the burning bush to get Moses’ attention? Well, times have changed. Sometimes, all it takes is a heart emoji or a well-timed gif. The digital age has its perks! Shooting him a spontaneous text in the middle of his mundane workday can be a great pick-me-up. “Thinking of you and Psalm 23. Mostly because you make me lie down in green pastures – metaphorically, of course,” or “Your love to me feels like Jesus turning water into wine – better with every passing moment!”
In the Bhagavad Gita, it says, “Set thy heart upon thy work, but never on its reward.” And isn’t it true? Just sending out that message without expecting an immediate reply, knowing it’ll brighten his day, is the real reward.
But a word to the wise: don’t let autocorrect turn your “saintly adoration” into “salty avocados.” Trust me, it’s a conversation changer!
3. Spontaneous Getaway
Modern Day Exodus, Minus the Forty Years
You’ve heard of the Israelites’ escape from Egypt, but have you heard of your escape from routine? You don’t need a Moses, just a GPS. I once heard a sermon that spoke about the importance of rest and how even God took a day off after creating, well, everything. Now, I’m not saying you need to create an entire universe before you take a break, but a spontaneous getaway? That could be the divine intervention your relationship is craving!
Choosing Your Promised Land
I mean, yeah, the Biblical Promised Land flowed with milk and honey, but I’d settle for a quaint Airbnb that has, let’s say, good Wi-Fi and comfy blankets. It’s all about scouting out those hidden gems close by. Maybe it’s that cozy mountain cabin he’s always talked about or a beach shack where the two of you can attempt to recreate Jesus’ walking-on-water moment. (Spoiler: It doesn’t work, but it’s a splash of fun trying!)
Pro tip? Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “There’s a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” Well, I reckon there’s a season for chilling in a hot tub too. Check those getaway deals!
Packing – The First Miracle of the Trip
Packing for a man is, quite honestly, one of the unsung miracles of the Bible that just didn’t make the cut. But remember, it’s a surprise! The challenge is swiping that favorite hoodie of his (you know, the one you secretly wear when he’s not around) without him noticing. Add in essentials like his Bible for a morning devotional, his favorite snacks, and maybe that quirky board game that made both of you question your salvation the last time you played.
I’m reminded of a Buddhist quote here: “It is better to travel well than to arrive.” So, whether you’re soaking up nature or just soaking in a tub, it’s the journey, the laughter, and the unexpected turns (sometimes literally) that make all the difference. Safe travels!
4. DIY Gift Magic
Crafty Creations, Sans the Golden Calf
Here’s a revelation: Not every gift requires a swipe of the credit card. Remember when the Israelites went all DIY and created a golden calf? Yeah, let’s avoid idol-making, but harness that crafty energy for some heartfelt gifts. Personalized presents not only save you from the plague of overdraft fees but also show you’ve put thought into it. Kind of like Noah meticulously building the Ark, but on a way smaller scale and without the imminent flooding.
Handmade Cards: Better Than Moses’ Stone Tablets
Tablets of stone might’ve been all the rage in Moses’ day, but now? We’ve got handmade cards. Break out the glitter, stencils, and that secret stash of scrapbooking supplies you swore you’d use. Jot down your favorite memory, a shared joke, or perhaps that verse that reminds you of him. Maybe Proverbs 27:17, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” It’s a subtle nod to how he’s your spiritual sparring partner. And hey, if it turns out less “Michelangelo” and more “middle school art project”, it’s the effort that counts!
Photos: Capturing Moments, Not Souls
Despite popular myths, photos don’t capture souls; they capture moments. A personalized photo album can be a ticket to memory lane. From that church picnic where he ate one too many hot dogs to your attempt at a couples’ Bible study where you both just ended up ordering pizza, these memories deserve a spotlight. Picture it: A chronological journey of your love story. As they say in the Bhagavad Gita, “There is neither this world, nor the world beyond, nor happiness for the one who doubts.” So, don’t doubt your photo arranging abilities, just go with the flow!
Gifts are an outward expression of an inner sentiment. And when you pour your heart into creating something, it becomes more than just a gift. It becomes a testament to love, care, and the occasional glitter explosion.
5. Game Night Extravaganza
From Parting the Red Sea to Monopoly
Game nights, the modern equivalent of David versus Goliath (if Goliath was a cunning game of Risk). While we’re not slinging stones or parting seas, there’s something biblical about gathering around for some friendly competition. I mean, who knew the road to Jericho was actually a shortcut in Candy Land?
The Biblical Board Game Collection
Building a board game collection? It’s like Noah gathering animals, but without the mess. Dive into his nostalgia and round up those classics. Maybe Clue, where every game becomes a whodunit worthy of Solomon’s wisdom. Or perhaps Settlers of Catan, where you literally “inherit the land”. And always remember, while Jesus turned water into wine, we turn trivial pursuits into memorable nights!
Party of Disciples (Minus the Miracles)
Throwing in a surprise by inviting a few of his best buds? That’s like Jesus calling on his disciples, minus the fish and loaves. The shared laughter, inside jokes, and light-hearted debates (yes, apparently, there IS a wrong way to build roads in Catan) create memories that stick. As the Buddha wisely said, “It is in the nature of things that joy arises in a person free from remorse.” And if that remorse is from not inviting your buddy Steve over for the last game night, it’s time to make amends.
Let’s face it, game nights aren’t just about winning or losing; they’re about bonding, making memories, and maybe, just maybe, understanding why he gets so competitive over a game of Scrabble. Onward to victory! Or, you know, just a fun evening. Either works.
6. Subscription Box Surprise
The Manna from Heaven… in a Box!
Y’all remember manna, right? That daily divine delivery Israelites woke up to during their wilderness wanderings? Fast forward a few millennia, and we have our version – subscription boxes. And while they might not come directly from heaven, the sheer joy they bring makes them pretty darn close.
Discovering His Hobby Haven
Navigating through subscription boxes can be like Moses wandering the desert – a bit overwhelming and you’re never quite sure if you’re heading in the right direction. However, just as Moses had a guiding pillar, you’ve got his hobbies to lead the way! From artisanal coffee for those caffeine prophets, to monthly comic books for the David of the DC Universe, there’s a ‘manna box’ for every hobby out there.
A Bit of This, A Dash of That
Jesus fed thousands with a few loaves and fish; imagine what wonders a box brimming with gourmet food can do! Or perhaps he’s more of a bookworm, thirsting for knowledge as David did for the Lord. With an array of choices, be it tech, literature, or the best gourmet brownies this side of Eden, there’s something that’ll feed his soul (or at least his sweet tooth).
And hey, if all else fails, we can always refer to the Bhagavad Gita’s wisdom on detachment: “Do your duty and enjoy the process without getting attached to the outcome.” But in this case, we’re hoping the outcome is a big, bright smile on his face!
7. A Neater Personal Space
From Chaos to Creation
Remember that moment when God took a look at the chaotic void and thought, “Let’s jazz this up a bit”? And then – boom – a world full of mountains, rivers, and platypuses. Well, when you gaze upon the chaos that is his garage or workspace, it might be time for you to have a little Genesis moment of your own.
Holy Tidiness, Batman!
The Proverbs 31 woman? She’s got nothing on you when you roll up those sleeves and start surprising him with a cleaned-up space. But don’t just stop at cleaning. Think Noah’s Ark organization – two of everything, all neatly paired up. And when he walks in, be ready for that awed, “It’s a miracle!” expression. You’ll almost hear the Hallelujah chorus in the background.
Leaving a Mark (But Not a Stain)
Now, as Jesus left behind reminders of His love and presence, you too can sprinkle a bit of your own essence. Slide in little trinkets that scream ‘you’ or better yet, ‘us’. Perhaps a cute coaster for his coffee, or a cheeky Buddha quote reminding him that “To keep the body in good health is a duty.” Well, a tidy space is a start to that!
And let’s not forget the ultimate universal truth from the Gita: “Change is the law of the universe.” So, why not begin with his messy desk?
7. A Neater Personal Space
From Chaos to Heavenly Creation
Remember that majestic start in Genesis? When God took a sidelong glance at the swirling, dark chaos and went, “I could totally spruce this up.” And, in a divine whirlwind, we got majestic mountains, sprawling forests, serene rivers, and… quirky platypuses. Now, let’s be real. Your man’s workspace (or that garage he swears he knows inside out) might be channeling those pre-creation vibes a bit too hard.
Diving into the Divine Cleanup
Our Proverbs 31 lady? Oh, she was neat, tidy, and all kinds of organized. But I’m pretty sure even she’d raise an eyebrow at the Bermuda Triangle that is his desk drawer. Imagine gifting him with a space where everything has its own little ‘Garden of Eden’. Clean those counters, file away those papers, and let the light (yes, maybe even from an actual window) shine through. When he strolls into his newly ordained holy ground of tidiness, you might just catch him whispering a reverent, “Lo and behold!”
Little Tokens, Big Memories
As Jesus left behind tales, parables, and tokens of His immense love, you’ve got the chance to do something similar. Leave little markers of your love and shared memories. Maybe a cute coaster with an inside joke, a bookmark with a Psalm to inspire him during his work, or a little Buddha statue with that timeless quote: “Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” Let’s face it, a serene, tidy space is the first step to seeking that inner peace!
And if there’s one thing we can gather from the wisdom of the Gita, it’s this: “Change is the law of the universe.” So, what better place to start that change than the very space he spends so much of his time in?
8. Movie Marathon Night
The Holy Grail of Film Selection
You remember David and his harp, right? Just how he strummed tunes that spoke to the soul, there’s a film genre out there that strums the strings of his heart. Whether it’s action-packed like David’s daring ventures or serene and contemplative like a Psalm, do some recon and select a lineup that’s tuned to his frequency. Dig out those classics he always talks about or that latest thriller he’s been dying to watch. Heck, maybe even toss in a rom-com if you catch him in a squishy mood!
More Than Just Netflix and… Well, You Know
Ambiance, darling! Think of Moses and the burning bush. But instead of a fiery shrub, it’s a soft glow from those string lights you’ve strung around the room. Lay out those plush cushions, ensuring the couch (or bed) is a fluffy cloud reminiscent of the heavenly realms. Toss in a blanket softer than Joseph’s infamous coat and we’re in business!
Popcorn? Mandatory. Flavored? Even better. Think sweet caramel meeting salty in a harmonious matrimony, kind of like Ruth and Boaz. And drinks? Keep them flowing. Whether it’s soda for that bubbly personality or some calming chamomile tea, echoing Buddha’s words, “To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.”
Remember when Krishna in the Gita emphasized the importance of selfless action? This movie marathon is your selfless act, making it all about him. Before the film rolls, take a quiet moment. Maybe even share a quote or a verse. My recommendation? Proverbs 17:22 – “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Consider this movie night your prescription for a cheerful heart!
9. Unexpected Adventure Bookings
From Pie in the Sky Dreams to Actual Skydiving
You’ve caught him daydreaming more times than Peter denied knowing Jesus (Ouch, too soon?). Maybe he’s imagined soaring the skies in a hot air balloon or taking the plunge in the deep blue while diving with dolphins. Either way, if he’s been dropping hints about that adventure bucket list of his, now’s the time to make some bookings. Surprise him with tickets to that crazy escapade he’s been yammering about. When he sees that booking confirmation, he’ll probably be more shocked than Jonah inside that whale.
Bringing Elijah’s Fire Without Actually Setting Anything Ablaze
Now, diving deep into the ocean or jumping out of a plane might sound like a great plan on paper. But, like Noah preparing the ark, safety should be top-tier. Research the companies you’re booking with. Maybe even sneakily drop a “hypothetical” situation during brunch: “If you were to go skydiving, which company would you trust?” We’re aiming for thrills, not spills. After all, didn’t Buddha once say, “Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it”? Let’s make sure he’s got a whole heart (and body) after the adventure!
As the Torah guides Jewish followers through life’s many challenges, let it be a reminder to guide him safely through this adventure. Maybe add a touch of Krishna’s wisdom from the Gita, “Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.” Ensure this journey is safe, thrilling, and full of smiles. The best adventures leave us with stories, not scars!
10. Culinary Bonding: New Recipe Cooking
Wok and Roll in Foreign Flavors
Remember that time he thought “man shall not live by bread alone” meant trying every type of carb out there? Yeah, pasta week was fun, but how about shaking things up? Dive into international cuisines. From the sizzling pans of Thai street food to the subtle finesse of Japanese sushi rolls, there’s a world of flavors waiting. And, side note: isn’t variety the spice of life? Or was it paprika? I always get those two mixed up.
Less Kitchen Nightmares, More Kitchen Daydreams
Who said the kitchen’s just for cooking? The Book of Proverbs tells us, “Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fattened calf with hatred.” But come on, why not a meal of vegetables AND love, topped with some grilled chicken? But here’s the real catch: cooking together isn’t just about the food. It’s about the giggles over misread recipe steps, the impromptu dance while the microwave counts down, and the shared pride in your culinary masterpiece. With every pinch of salt and splash of olive oil, make your kitchen a sanctuary of bonding. As the Zen masters say, “When you cook, just cook.” It’s a meditative experience, a time to connect – with your food, with each other, and with the present moment. Bon appétit and blessings on your shared kitchen adventures!
11. Mystery Date Night
The Great Boyfriend Treasure Hunt
I remember reading about the Israelites following a cloud by day and fire by night, and I thought, “Why not give our man his own mysterious journey?” Not suggesting you start setting bushes on fire or anything – just a bit of crafty clue-making. Scribble some intriguing hints on fancy paper (extra points for rhymes) and guide him from one fun surprise to another. By the third clue, he’ll be more invested in this journey than he was in the entire last season of his favorite TV show.
From Dusk ‘til Dreamy
Proverbs 25:2 says, “It is the glory of God to conceal a thing,” and darling, it’s our glory to reveal it, especially when it ends with a memory to treasure! As the day’s mini-adventures flow into evening, make sure the culmination is something straight out of both of your dream dates. Maybe it’s a candlelit dinner on a quiet rooftop, a reserved spot at a jazz bar, or even a cozy blanket fort in the living room with all his favorite snacks. The Buddha once said, “It is better to travel well than to arrive.” Well, I say, “Why not both?” With a mystery date night, the journey and the destination both become unforgettable!
12. Class Enrollment Adventure
When Netflix and Chill Gets Old
Alright, ladies, how many times have we settled for that rerun of “The Office” for date night? As much as we love Dwight’s shenanigans, let’s get out and challenge our men a little. Or better yet, let them challenge us!
An Odyssey of Hobbies
Ecclesiastes 3:1 tells us, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” And darling, it might just be the season to see your man sculpt some clay, or maybe salsa dance without tripping over his own feet. Dive into a world of new hobbies! Ever thought of whipping up French cuisine together? Or maybe crafting pottery mugs that you can later sip cocoa from? And let’s be honest, the thought of him attempting the waltz or tango is not only romantic but also has the potential for some hilarious missteps. Cue the laughter!
More Than Just a New Skill
Remember the wise words from the Bhagavad Gita, “Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.” Now, I don’t know about yoga classes (although that’s another idea), but taking any class together is just as transformative. It’s not just about pottery or dance; it’s about growing, learning, and even failing together. In the end, you’ll have some tangible memories, be it a lopsided vase or a video of a dance move gone wrong. But hey, at least you’ll have another inside joke to add to the list!
13. Musical Delights: Curated Playlists
Throwback Tunes and Future Beats
Ever heard of the expression “Music is what feelings sound like”? I mean, if David could soothe Saul’s soul with his harp (1 Samuel 16:23), surely your personally curated playlist can turn his dull day into a delightful dance-off in the living room, right?
Soundtrack of Your Love Story
The first time he awkwardly tried to impress you with those dubious dance moves, there was that catchy song in the background. Or the melody that played when you both drove aimlessly, belting out lyrics, wind in your hair, feeling infinite. Creating a playlist of songs from your journey is like opening a musical scrapbook. Every track tells a story; every beat recalls a heartbeat.
New Grooves, New Moves
But hey, don’t just dwell in the past. Proverbs 19:21 says, “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Maybe it’s God’s plan for you both to discover new genres or artists. Dive into K-pop, give Jazz a whirl, or hey, even explore the world of Mongolian throat singing. Whatever tickles your fancy! The key is to venture into these uncharted waters together. By the end, you’ll either have a new jam or a new “let’s never speak of this song ever again” pact. Either way, it’s a win!
Remember what the Buddha once said, “Harmonizing like a stream and the wind.” Maybe, just maybe, your next playlist can be the stream to his wind. Happy listening!
14. Book Treasures
Hunting Literary Gems
Firstly, can we just appreciate a guy who loves to read? In an age of “too long; didn’t read” responses, finding a fellow bookworm is like locating the last Horcrux… without the impending doom of Voldemort. And for the bibliophiles among us, isn’t there something about cracking open a fresh book that smells like potential and undiscovered worlds?
Stumbling Upon Rare Finds
You know, Solomon once said, “Of making many books there is no end” (Ecclesiastes 12:12). Well, that man hadn’t met today’s Amazon and Goodreads! But among the vast sea of books lies that elusive special edition by his favorite writer. Maybe it’s a Tolkien first print, or a Dickens with an oddly comedic misprint. Hunting down such gems for him? That’s not just gifting a book; that’s presenting a slice of history!
The Art of the Hidden Note
Now, about that personal touch. As the Buddha would put it, “Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.” So, deep inside that book, somewhere between the climax and the plot twist, sneak in your heartfelt note. It’s the bookmark he never knew he needed. Every word you write, a reminder that while fictional worlds are grand, the story you two are penning together? That’s epic in its own right.
As they say in the Bhagavad Gita, “A person can rise through the efforts of his own mind; or draw himself down, in the same manner. Because each person is his own friend or enemy.” Gift him a book, and be the friend who elevates his spirits, even on the gloomiest days!
15. The Ultimate ‘Him’ Day
Creating the ‘All-About-Him’ Experience
Remember the feeling when you found that lost coin after tearing your room apart? Yeah, it’s mentioned in Luke 15:8-10. The joy was real! Now, imagine giving your man a day that makes him feel like that treasured coin. A day that screams, “Hey! Today is all about appreciating the masterpiece that you are!” (and no, not just because he managed to put the toilet seat down after use).
Listening to Those Whispers
He might’ve mentioned how much he misses those childhood pancakes or how he’s always wanted to try paddle boarding. You’ve been given the ears to hear – use them! God listens to our heart’s whispers and responds (Psalm 37:4), so why not channel some of that divine energy? Arrange those activities and put them into action. Before you know it, you’ll have a day filled with his favorite things, his much-loved foods, and perhaps, a hobby he’s been itching to start.
24 Hours of Unadulterated Pampering
Now, I’m not suggesting you play spa music and offer a pedicure (unless he’s into that – no judgments here!). But think about it. Jesus took the time to rest and recharge (Mark 6:31), and so should your guy. Treat him to a massage or perhaps set up a cozy corner in your living space with all his favorite books, snacks, and a do-not-disturb sign. If he’s the kind who finds relaxation in activity, hand him that new video game he’s been eyeing or book him a tee time at the golf course.
Drawing inspiration from the Buddhist principle of self-care and balance, think of this pampering spree as a way to help him find his Zen. Heck, even Arjuna in the Gita took a breather amidst all that warrior stuff.
End of the day, making it all about him once in a while is just a beautiful way to say, “I see you. I appreciate you. And today, the world revolves around you.” So why wait for a birthday or anniversary? Light up his day, just because!
Gestures: The Unsung Heroes of Relationships
We’ve all been there – reminiscing about those butterflies during the early stages of the relationship. Maybe, just maybe, if Adam had sent Eve a cute bouquet of prehistoric flowers, they might’ve thought twice about that whole apple scenario. But I digress.
The truth is, our relationships are like gardens. You plant the seed, you water it, you give it sunlight, and voilà! A beautiful bloom appears. But then, life happens. You forget to water it one day or maybe a week. That’s where these gestures, no matter how small, become your sprinkler system. They keep the garden thriving. Each act of love, every considerate surprise, it’s a drop of water nourishing your love garden.
As the age-old wisdom from Judaism goes, “Whoever saves a single life is considered as if they saved an entire world.” This couldn’t be more accurate when applied to love. One genuine gesture can change the trajectory of a relationship, turning an ordinary day into an extraordinary memory.