Do you have a day of rest? A day when you don’t do anything too strenuous physically, don’t do any work on your job, spend time with God, your bride, your kids, and devout yourself to resting and relaxing.
I can hear you thinking “A whole day? Ain’t nobody got time for that!” Yeah, I know, my life is like that too. However, over the last year or so I’ve been seeing the wisdom of a day of rest. (Maybe God knew something when He commanded it to the Jews of old?) I haven’t gotten to where every Sunday is what I described above, but I have worked in that direction, and some Sundays are a true Sabbath rest.
Of course, you don’t have to make your day of rest Sunday. Maybe you have other things that make Sunday unavoidably busy, and if you’re a pastor Sunday is probably your busiest day. It’s not the day of the week that matters; what matters is a day of the week that is consistently given to unwinding, recharging, and reconnecting with those who matter most.
Bonus: Among the Jews of old, it was said that sex was a blessing, and sex on the Sabbath was a double blessing!
Got 15 minutes? Get a better marriage! Last week while flying I finally got a chance to read 15 Minute Marriage Makeover by Dustin of Engaged Marriage (Aff Link). The premise of the book is simple – you and your bride commit to fifteen minutes a day to work on your marriage. Over four weeks the book takes you through several areas that commonly need work. It’s a simple idea, but the thought and lay out is far from simple. I was impressed with what Dustin has put together, and I can see how it would help many couples. If you have a functional marriage and want it to be a lot better, this e-book is for you. If you have significant problems, or you know you and your bride won’t do fifteen minutes a day, skip it.
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Links to blog posts that stood out to me this last week:
New blog this week – Dirty Girls. This ministry is aimed at women who struggle with porn use – growing problem that is rarely discussed. A great resource for your bride if she is dealing with porn.
Couple Things Blog
Making Time: Are you making time for what counts?
Why the Internet is Full of Temptations (and what we can do about it): This guest post from Luke Gilkerson applies to men and women.
Intimacy in Marriage
Journey to Surrender
The “Obey” Question: Nice of Scott to write this so I can point to it with a nod and a smile.
Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage
It’s Dangerous for Men to “Follow Their Feelings”: A battle cry worth following.
Keep Your Marriage Stronger by Fighting Smarter: A BRILLIANT MUST READ article that draws from the book Spousonomics.
Splitting Chores 50-50 with Spouse is Recipe for Disaster: Another great post from Lori’s reading of Spousonomics
The Truth about Sex in Marriage: Good information and insights.
One Flesh Marriage
What’s Influencing Your Needle?: A great article with a punny title.
The Singles-Marrieds Divide, The Division of Singles and Marrieds in the Church, andDo Single People Hate Hanging out with Married People?: Kathleen has some musings on singles and marrieds in the church. This is an important issue that does not get discussed nearly enough.
Romantic Act of the Day
A Public Declaration: Tell her you love her while the world listens in.
Take Care of Her: A great thing to start on Mother’s day – and carry through the year.
Watch Your Eyes: Rich is not buying the “Just because I’m married doesn’t mean I can’t look” line.
Be Sensitive to Her Stress Level: Or don’t – and you will both suffer.
Start Her a Collection: A great gift giving short-cut!
The Romantic Vineyard
Marriage retreats, getaways, and enrichment: Be sure to add to this list if you know of good resources.