Mark 10 Nine

Are you happily married and looking for tips on maintaining a God-honoring marriage? This weekly devotional will give you encouragement for your marriage.

Marriage Should Be Fun

Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Proverbs 16:24 

There will be times when your marriage feels heavy. There will be hardships you face as a family that try to destroy you. How do you and your spouse handle life when you are in those trying seasons? It will take effort from two spouses to stay the course and have a healthy marriage, striving for oneness and following after Jesus.

My husband will be the first to admit he sometimes battles his introverted tendencies when it comes to doing things. If we decide to skip an event, I have total FOMO (fear of missing out for those who don’t have teenagers at home).

I think that is why God often pairs us with someone who is our opposite. How much fun would it be if we married someone like us?

While I can be extroverted, it can take a lot out of me, so I consider myself an introverted extrovert. That means I like to have fun, but it will drain me fast.

Scott and I have to remind ourselves to have fun and take time to be silly together. We love to laugh together and laugh at each other. For example, Scott recently had major surgery. In my attempt to comfort him and sympathize with his feelings, I told him I could identify with all the emotions because I once had a routine procedure done. He immediately started laughing so hard that he was crying. I was dumbfounded at what could have been so funny. Once he composed himself, he told me there was no comparison between our two procedures and what he was facing (he wasn’t wrong), and my idea that there was made him laugh.

I could have gotten offended that he was laughing at my attempt at sympathy, but instead, the two of us laughed for several days over this situation. In fact, it is now our inside joke that instantly brings a smile to our faces.

We must have fun in our marriage. Laugh together. Be lighthearted. Don’t be easily offended. There can be so much stress in life. Jobs, raising children, financial issues, or any number of things can cause tension in a home. Be purposeful about setting aside time to have fun together.

What brings you joy? What brings your spouse joy?

It may be walking through the mountains, trying a new restaurant, or exploring a new city. Find some things that interest both of you and take time together to have fun and explore. Be willing to try something that may not be as fun for you but is something your spouse enjoys.

My husband and I recently started playing tennis together. I wasn’t as interested initially, but I figured I would take the opportunity to spend time with him and enjoy the outdoors (that brings me joy!).

Have fun together! There is plenty of time to deal with the complex parts of life. Take time to laugh and enjoy the love you have together.

Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:12

God bless,

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