I had the awesome pleasure of escaping away with my darling husband for eight glorious days. It has always been a dream of mine to venture off to the Bahamas, so when I finally had the opportunity to go, it was a thrill of a life time. However, I discovered something for more intriguing: a renewed relationship with my husband.
Like many other couples, we had let other things in life get between our relationship- children, work, ministries, and all the daily duties involved in taking care of a family. I don’t think this became clearer to me then when we were thousands of miles away from the many distractions. It honestly felt like we were dating all over again.
So, I guess you can tell where I’m going with this. We need to show the men in our lives some love. I’m sure it’s no surprise to you when I say that the sanctity of marriage is in grave trouble in our country. And for those of us in the church the results aren’t much better, if not worse.
Scripture is full of wisdom on marriage. I would challenge you to search the scriptures to find all the nuggets of truth that awaits you. Here are a few: Eph. 5:33 says, “Nevertheless, let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.” 1 Peter 3:1-3 says, “Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives, when they observe your chaste conduct accompanied by fear.”
So, now it is your turn. How are you going to keep the marriage fires burning? Why not use this Valentine’s week to show your “man” how much you appreciate him. Or even better, commit to spending some special time together, whether that be a scheduled date night once a week or once a month. Just do something! I know when you have small children this can be a challenge, but no one said it had to be candle light dinner in a restaurant. I remember one of mine and my husbands favorite date evening would be throwing a blanket on the living room floor, watching a movie, eating Chinese food. Moments like those are still some of our fondest memories.
I have a feeling, like me, you don’t want all those precious years to go by to finally wake up one day next to a person you hardly recognize, or even like for that matter. Isn’t that a sad place to be in? Don’t let your marriage be another statistic.
My husband and I have committed to having a date night at least once a month. Infact, last weekend you would have found us watching a Reno Big Horns game, followed by a late night dinner at Chili’s. That is a perfect evening in my book.
Let us get in the business of rekindling our marriages. Ready! Set! Go!
Love &Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs
The Joy of Committed love by Gary Smalley
Secrets of a Strong Marriage by Frank & Mary Alice Minirth
How to Have a New Husband by Friday by Dr. Kevin Lehmen
The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian