Okay, so where was I yesterday? On a sweet get-away with my husband. We went away for Valentines’ day, but the blessing of it is that we don’t have to use Valentines’ to make up for the 364 other days of the year. It’s just another day of enjoying married life.
By that I mean that we date each other – and we do it regularly. It’s not really a novel idea, is it? That’s how we found out we wanted to get married – we dated! Now to stay close and to keep things getting better every day, we continue to date.
Those dates are planned and eagerly anticipated. Sometimes my husband comes up with an idea and sometimes I do the planning. We mark out and set aside time for it. A “real date” is not running to Lowe’s for paint and picking up fast food on the way home. No, it’s time together getting to do what we enjoy.
Sometimes we meander through a small town and its shops…
Sometimes we take a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway…
Sometimes we find a special place for dinner, or go for a bike ride, or find a neat coffee place and have coffee and dessert. It’s so much fun, but we’re learning that not enough couples are spending the time they need to enjoy the things that brought them together in the first place. Life gets in the way and their marriage gets put on hold. Communication between the couple is about the things that make their lives keep moving – bills, appointments, the children’s schedule, who’s picking the needed gallon of milk, and the intimacy and closeness that was once there is fading faster than a speeding Mustang on the interstate. How sad.
God gave marriage for companionship; so we could be companions for life. Are you and your spouse in that ship together? I know Valentines’ is over, but like I said at the start, marriage is about enjoying being married every day of the year. What do you need to do today to keep things growing in your marriage? Ask the Lord for His help, and then do it.