Well to help me on my journey, I am three videos into this wonderful series from RightNow Media:
It was exactly what I was looking for...how to have an intimate relationship with God when you have a busy life. Sometimes we get so sucked into our routines and busy schedules that we forget that we just need to sit at Jesus' feet and listen to Him and connect. Mary and Martha's story can be found in Luke 10:38-42. Mary and Martha were sisters and Jesus goes to visit them. Martha is busy prepping and cooking, while Mary sits at Jesus' feet in awe and completely attentive; not worrying about her sister's fretting and the work that needed to be done. Martha fusses and complains to Jesus about Mary's attitude. (Isn't that just like sisters? Martha actually tattled to Jesus about her sister!) And Jesus says:
So what does this have to do with marriage? Well, I am glad you asked. After this morning's video...I got to thinking. How many of us do this very thing in our own marriages? We want a deeper connection with our husbands, but we are just going through the day to day motions.
While listening to the story about the sisters, I realized I am like Martha. I focus my attention on what needs to be done...my always growing to-do lists and forget sometimes to just sit next to my husband and enjoy his company.
How many of you have long to-do lists? I am currently enjoying my summer off and have at least 20 summer projects to do that I want done before the summer is over. Everyday I create a to-do list with chores to accomplish before the day is over. There is always clothes to wash, dishes to clean, beds to make, supper to cook...and it all needs to get done.
How many of us want a deeper connection with our husbands? All the things on our to-do lists are important, but not more important than connecting with him. Let's go even deeper than just connecting...how about true intimacy?
Intimacy is defined as a close familiarity or friendship; a closeness. Synonyms include togetherness, friendship, affection. I strive for that with K. It is so important to me. I don't want to lose the connection we have and sometimes it happens when the day to day and trials of this life take over. It feels like we are robots operating in what we call this life.
To have true intimacy with our husbands should be at the top of our to-do lists. It isn't just a sexual thing; although that is also important. True intimacy should be a part of our everyday lives so we don't lose what is important to us.
Here are some ways to achieve true intimacy with your husband:
- Listen to him when he talks. Really listen to what he is saying (no distractions. Put down the phone. In fact, put it in another room. I find this helps me.)
- Have a real conversation with no interruptions at least once a day (about anything!)
- Pray together
- Lean on him during a rough time (this is so important. Speaking from personal experience, if you are going through a tough time, lean on him. Tell him about it, even if you feel he won't be able to understand. K has been my rock recently. I couldn't have gotten through it without him.)
- You know how big I am about hugging. Hug the man! He will appreciate it! Hug him for at least 20 seconds.
- Have a day (as often as possible) that there are no electronics allowed. No phones, tablets, t.v., nothing. Do something together that requires you to rely on good ole fashioned fun. (dancing, put a puzzle together, karaoke contest, adult coloring contest)
- Hold hands. In the car, on the couch while you watch t.v. Make sure to touch each other.
- Pray for your husband daily. Thank God for him and ask God to watch over him. (I am currently doing a 30 day prayer challenge all about my husband.)
- Be honest with him. If he hurt your feelings, tell him. If you want him to do something, ask him. Don't assume he knows what you are thinking. Keep the lines of communication open.
- The next time you have a disagreement, let him win. If that's too hard, find a way to compromise. Or better yet, at least be the first to say you are sorry.
I hope these tips help you to reach a great level of intimacy with your spouse. I know it will help me to remember to put K at the top of my list. The next time you are making your to-do list, put your spouse at the top of yours!
Until next time, have a great day!