Marriage and Family

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Since we have been in Vancouver, I have had a harder time nourishing and cherishing my wife. Not that I haven’t wanted to, but because of the business of life and not having a routine of life that I am used to. Have you ever noticed that sometimes the hardest thing to do is make time for those who are the most important to you? Well, this week, I realized that I needed to make time for my wife. Yes, having an anniversary is one way to realize this, but if we wait until an anniversary to realize that we need to make time for our spouse, then chances are, it’s not going to be a happy anniversary TOGETHER.

This week, my wife and I celebrated 17 years of marriage. We celebrated it by being TOGETHER. We didn’t actually do the celebrating on the day of our anniversary, due to other commitments. But, we made sure that we took time for just the two of us to be TOGETHER. Our time consisted of exercise TOGETHER, walking downtown TOGETHER (Yes, Vancouver, that is where I live), drinking coffee TOGETHER, going out to dinner TOGETHER (ask me and I’ll tell you about this great restaurant), walking through the fish hatchery TOGETHER, and eating a frozen custard sundae TOGETHER.

I think there is something about being TOGETHER that Paul meant in Ephesians:

“for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church” Ephesians 5:29

In context, Paul is speaking of how husbands are to love their wives, they are supposed to nourish and cherish them just as their own body. But, how can a husband nourish and cherish his wife if they are not TOGETHER? It’s kinda hard and nearly impossible. I am not picking on, nor trying to make any body feel bad for their extenuating circumstances. I know there are situations due to work, military, and other life circumstances that a husband and wife are not able to be TOGETHER. I am not necessarily addressing those situations, but God’s word still stands.

Make sure that you spend much time TOGETHER with your spouse! Take a walk TOGETHER, pray TOGETHER, drink coffee TOGETHER, drive TOGETHER, work in the yard TOGETHER, play TOGETHER…. Then, you too can look forward to another Happy Anniversary TOGETHER!

Have a GREAT week as you and your spouse are TOGETHER!

Marriage Scripture

Ephesians 5:22-33