Monday, October 11, 2010

Marital Monday + Oct. 11 Menu Plan

This past week, hubby and I sat down to complete a Spiritual Gifts Test that we got from our new church.  I don't know if you've ever heard of these, or taken one yourself, but it basically asks a set of questions and then at the end, you tally up your score to see which spiritual gifts you have and how you might best use them to serve.

It was rather humorous to see how different we both were, and we had a good laugh about it.  But, my eyes were also open to how incredibly mindful God was to put us two together. 

Just for fun, I thought I'd share how we fared - these are our highest scoring categories out of 22 categories in total, which means that these are considered our strongest spiritual gifts:


  1. Administration - The God-given ability to take vision and goals and develop and execute organizational strategies for accomplishing them.  (This would explain why Nathan makes such a good manager!)
  2. Wisdom - The God-given ability to gain insight into specific issues so that a clear path forward might be charted.
  3. Knowledge - The God-given ability to discover, accumulate, analyze, and clarify information and ideas. 
  4. Discernment - The God-given ability to ascertain the heart of a matter, the ability to know for certain the motivations and agendas that underlie people's actions and behaviors.  
  1. Giving - The God-given ability to contribute resources, financial or otherwise, in a generous and cheerful manner.  Such giving is above and beyond tithes and offerings that God asks of all believers.
  2. Service (Helps) - The God-given ability to identify and fill needs and tasks that can be done to increase the effectiveness of individuals and congregations.
  3. Mercy - The God-given ability to feel and express compassion for people who are suffering physically, mentally, or emotionally.  These people often move to act in tangible ways on behalf of those who are suffering and mobilize others to act on their behalf. (This would explain why I do the ugly cry during Extreme Home Makeover.  Every single time.)
  4. Service (Serving) - The God-given ability to identify and fill unmet needs or support roles that are often in the background.  Some people call this the gift of the volunteer.
Ironically, some of Nathan's lowest scoring categories were my highest, and vice versa.  For example, one of his lowest scores was in the Mercy category, and one of my lowest scores was Administration.  Funny how we can be so completely different, but also mesh and complement each other so well!  We got a kick out of coming up with real-life examples of how these gifts are played out in our marriage.

But on a serious note, we also saw how God might be able to use our gifts together moving forward.  We're praying for opportunities to put these to use, and we're excited about the endless possibilities!


Another week of menu planning!  If you struggle with what to make your family each week, then head on over to I'm an Organizing Junkie.  Lots of menu plans are posted each week for Menu Plan Monday!

Here's what's on our menu this week . . . 
Tuesday: Leftovers (we have quite a bit crowding our fridge from the weekend)
Wednesday: Giada's Beef and Cheese Manicotti (Nathan's favorite)
Friday: Leftovers (we're doing leftovers 2 nights this week because the Manicotti dish makes a lot)
Saturday: Grilled Chicken and Pineapple Quesadillas  (ours probably won't be "grilled" and will have some different ingredients, but PW is the inspiration for the recipe)

Have a happy Monday, and to those of you who are off today (me!), have a Happy Columbus Day, too! :)


  1. I'll have to try that beef/cheese dish -- my wonderful husband has been doing the grocery shopping lately and he came home with 6 lbs. of ground beef. That's more ground beef than we use in a year. It was all because I wrote "ground beef 1.99/lb (rolls)" to cue him in that the beef on sale was in the rolls, not the packaged containers! He thought I meant rolls... so he bough two. This recipe looks wonderful :)

  2. The quiz sounds like a fun thing to do. Your menu looks great, especially the Chicken Spinach Soup, I might have to make it.

  3. Hubby and I have taken this test at our church in our 301 class. I think they are fun and enlightening.

  4. Oh, this is too ironic - Richard and I have taken that test and we score almost identical to you and Nathan. We should talk! HA


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