Marriage from A to Z

Principles for a Successful Marriage

“Have you ever scheduled a play date?”

When my children were younger, I would schedule play dates.  This was a time for my children to get together with other children and have fun!  Sometimes it would be fun for them and fun for me because, it would allow me to spend time with a girlfriend.  We would laugh and talk while our children played. This week’s principle for having a prosperous marriage in 2018 is to; “Play Together”.  Children are not the only ones who can benefit from having a play date.  I am convinced that when a husband and wife play together, they are more likely to stay together.

Playing together can mean a variety of things because every couple is different. (Smile!) However, a play date should be a time where a husband and a wife can share time together, and have some fun!  Going out to dinner, getting together with other couples, playing a sport, bike riding, walking on the beach, having a picnic, going to a concert, a movie, traveling, having a weekend getaway are all things that my husband and I have enjoyed! Whatever your definition of fun, enjoy your time together.  Now tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, and it’s a perfect time to plan a play date.  I know it’s a week night but plan to have fun!  Try something different, do something out of your normal routine.  Celebrate the special person that God has given you.  Surprise your spouse!

Proverbs 5:18-20 says, “Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice with the wife of your youth.  As a loving deer and a graceful doe, let her breasts satisfy you at all times; and always be enraptured with her love. For why should you, my son, be enraptured by an immoral woman, and be embraced in the arms of a seductress?”  There are a lot of good nuggets in these verses, but let’s focus on the word rejoice.  To rejoice is to be glad, take delight and make joyful.  In other words, have fun, enjoy your spouse and play together!

In closing, I am sharing the commentary on this passage taken directly from the Life Application Study Bible.  (Proverbs 5:18-20) “God does not intend faithfulness in marriage to be boring, lifeless, pleasureless, and dull.  Sex is a gift God gives to married people for their mutual enjoyment.  Real happiness comes when we decide to find pleasure in the relationship God has given or will give us and to commit ourselves to making it pleasurable for our spouse.  The real danger is in doubting that God knows and cares for us.  We then may resent his timing and carelessly pursue sexual pleasure without his blessing.”  

Happy Valentine’s Week!

 

Carolyn

 

 

 

 

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One thought on ““Have you ever scheduled a play date?”

  1. Amen! What a blessed message. I will purpose to schedule a playdate with my husband. Thank you for this timely message.

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