Recently BlackandMarriedWithKids.com posted 4 Awesome Things I Love About Being a Married Man. I like the idea, so I am going to do my own and encourage other marriage bloggers to do likewise.
If we pay attention, marriage shows us where we’re messed up. I want to grow up. I want to be better. Being married helps me see where I need to work on myself. Beyond how marriage shows me my stuff, my wife helps me in a loving and gracious way. She encourages, nudges, and challenges me to be the man God created me to be. This is true in all areas, including my spiritual walk. I’m a much, much better man because of my wife.
A Best Friend
God said it’s not good for Paul to be alone! My wife is a friend like no other. We live our lives together because we want to. There is no one with whom I would rather share a meal, a movie, or a sunset.
Someone to Share My Life With
As an extrovert, I need to share what I’m thinking. I thank God for a woman who understands this and lets me talk. We share our hopes and fears, our triumphs and defeats. When I have good news she’s the person I most want to tell. When I have bad news she’s the one who helps me feel better. A great part of sharing life with my wife is dreaming together. Some of our dreams will never come true, but we still enjoy living the fantasy together. Life is an adventure, and adventures are more fun when you share them.
Sharing the Load
Two together can live more cheaply than two alone, and two can take care of the necessities more efficiently than individuals. The fun stuff is more fun, and the less than fun stuff gets finished more quickly. A good marriage is an exercise in efficiency.
Being Fully Known
Over the years, we’ve fully exposed ourselves to each other. She knows my weakness and fears. She knows my sins both past and current. She knows my struggles. Despite all that, she loves me. I’m fully known and yet still accepted. What a healing gift!
Of course, sex is awesome, and having someone you love to do it with is great. But there’s more to it. A man’s sex drive can be a major annoyance, distraction, and temptation. All that is gone because my wife understands my need and is proactive about being there for me. The best part is exploring how much God packed into sex. The depth of intimacy, the way it connects us, and the way it changes how I see the world. As we approach 30 years of sex together, we are still finding new levels of enjoyment.
God didn’t make me to be single; He designed me to be married. I could not be all He intended without a wonderful, loving wife. More than a year before Lori and I married I developed a deep desire to be married. I believe God put that desire in me to move me in the direction I needed to go. What a blessing to be one with a godly woman!
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