Saturday, February 13, 2010

How Ecclesiastes 3 Relates To Me...At Least Today

1 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven:

2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,

3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,

4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,

5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,

6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,

7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,

8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

So, Ecclesiastes 3 says that there is a time for everything under Heaven.
And today, I'm gonna take that as a time for laundry...
And a time to snuggle your husband.

Should I feel bad that I decided to put off the laundry for a snuggle and movie fest with my gimpy husband?
But I don't.

In fact, I think it's important to occasionally put off that other stuff to enjoy time with your spouse. I think that while making sure he has clean clothes to wear and clean dishes to eat off of (especially when I bake up a storm) is extremely important (after all, do you want to recycle dirty socks? Hmm? I didn't think so!) so is putting all that stuff aside so that he knows that he's more important than all of that.

So, that's what I did today. I put aside the household chores today...well some of them anyway. And we sat together on the couch whispering and cuddling and laughing and vegging and making new dreams (like that trip to the Caribbean that we will take...some day).

Nurturing the spirit of oneness in a marriage is extremely important. All too often we get caught up in the hectic pace of life and the separation of spouses (his job, her health, his friends, her errands, etc.).

When was the last time you nurtured your marriage and the wholeness that it takes to make things run like a well-oiled machine? If it's been a while, I encourage you to set some time aside and invest it in your spouse.

And while you are investing time in your spouse, invest some time in prayer for your spouse. It's easy to forget to do. But it's SOOOOOO important.

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