On the tail end of a week of stressful conflict, my husband and I recently had a memorable coffee date. We had already spent enough time working through the hard issues, so our date was just for fun. We sat in a pastry shop holding hot mugs, looking out at the cold winter day and sharing our plans, goals, and thoughts with each other. Our conversation spilled over into the rest of our week, and at different times we continued the dialogue: over dinner with the children, while doing dishes, or in the car. This awakened in me all over again the delight of discovering my husband.
We expend incredible energy juggling work or ministry with caring for our children or trying to maintain a semblance of order at home and keep food in the refrigerator, but we easily let our marriages slide down low on our list of priorities. After all, our spouses will always be there, right? [Read more…]