WEEK FIVE | DAY ONE
Read: “Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man." Proverbs 3:3-4
You’ve been married for a couple of years (or maybe more,) you might have a few kids, and what was once a blazing fire of love and intimacy has, rather unintentionally, become not much more than a few embers. How do you reignite the spark? How do you continue to honor God with your marriage?
Maybe you have days where it seems like, even after all this time, he still can’t find the laundry hamper. Maybe it seems like she’s been wearing that same pair of flannel pajamas to bed since the honeymoon ended. Maybe it even seems like you can’t rediscover the same intensity of love for your spouse that you used to feel. First, we’ve got to understand that no matter how we feel, we don’t “fall out of love” with our spouses. Our feelings ebb and flow and can even deceive us. But, love isn’t a feeling, it’s an action - a verb. It’s something we’ve got to DO each and every day. Love is offering to pick up dinner when you know she’s had a busy day. Love is speaking words of encouragement as he heads out the door for work.
Just like you can’t wake up one day and decide to run a marathon without any training, we can’t expect romance to just happen without any work. We’ve got to break outside of the monotony of our routines and hit the proverbial gym to work on the discipline of romance. Don’t miss the rest of this week for a “workout plan” to reignite the fires of our marriage.
Pray: God, this week, help me put love into action. When the easier thing to do is to settle into my own selfish routine, remind me that love is a verb, not a feeling. Show me ways new ways to love my spouse and make them feel appreciated. In Jesus’ name, Amen.