cherishing your vows {celebrating}

celebrating love rejoices in the marriage relationship and helps spouses feel cherished and captivated.  your marriage is a lifelong commitment, not something you can trade in when it's lost it's shine.  it's up to you to keep that sparkle there.

I am my beloved's, and my beloved is mine: he feedeth among the lilies.
Song of Solomon 6:3

here are a few keys to help you truly celebrate your marriage...

*  make each other a priority

your love for your spouse should be right under your love for Jesus.  so many times we think our kids should come first when actually our spouse should.  if we keep our marriage strong then we'll establish a strong family base for the children to learn from.

our love doesn't automatically keep growing for each other, you have to continually work to keep it going strong.  don't let your marriage be taken over by boredom.  it's up to you to keep that from happening.

it's love that protects you and your spouse from drifting apart and enables you to fall in love and feel discovered all over again.  be thankful every day for the marriage God has given you.

*  get to know each other all over again

take it back to square one.  what made you fall in love with your spouse?  many times it's easy for us to let "life" get in our way and forget those old feelings...the butterflies...the reasons we fell in love. your vows and your marriage sustain the love.  stir up those old feelings.  study him and what he enjoys.  work alongside each other.  listen to each other (i mean really listen, sign off facebook and devote every second to him).  go away together.  and let your husband know just how much he means to you. commit to being the wife you vowed to be.

May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.  A loving doe, a graceful deer - may her breasts satisfy you always, may you ever be intoxicated with her love.
Proverbs 5:18-19

*  pray for each other and with each other

i think praying with each other is such an intimate, beautiful thing.  pray with your husband, for your husband and for every single thing you can think about that involves your husband.  pray for his temptations, thinking, actions, language and attitude.  

*  ignite intimacy

the world does it's best every single day to degrade our marriage bed.  it certainly doesn't want us to keep our marriage bed pure.  refuse to give in and allow those things to come into your marriage.

And the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.
Mark 10:8-9 

pray about intimacy in your marriage.  i would have never, in a million years, imagined praying about intimacy with my husband until i thought about it like this...God created it, i'm sure He isn't embarrassed about it.  pray  for more intimacy and to better understand each others needs.

just one more piece of is something as wives we should make a priority. God intended sex to create a oneness within our marriage. we don't want to feel deprived and neither do our husbands. remember "What God has joined together, let no one separate". you are one with your husband. and we are to hold fast to our husbands!

this weeks challenge:  this week put time and energy into your marriage and make it your number one priority.  plan some "get away" time with your spouse this week, take time to talk without interruptions and spark intimacy.

out for now