In past years, I have found myself at ball games more for the social aspect of it than for the game itself. Something about hot dogs, popcorn and sweets mixed with the company of friends and family has always been a fun combination for me, not so much the teams that were actually playing.
But lately my perspective on sports has changed because of my marriage. The desire for an even closer friendship with my husband has been stirred up by the word of God through our recent Genesis study. Seeing first hand in scripture that woman was made for man and that she was created to be his helper and a godly influence- has inspired me again (God’s word has a way of doing that!) to look for ways that I can be a better wife and friend to him. After 26 years of marriage, I have learned that a close thriving relationship doesn’t happen without work and intention.
A few years ago, we redecorated our entire downstairs, changing colors, decor, etc. The prior style wasn’t bad and it was fitting for that time of our life but as the season changed it was time for some redecorating to take place. That’s a perfect picture of what I feel like God is doing with my role as a wife in my marriage right now. Changes to how I approach my marriage and deepening our friendship is being redone. My interest in sports and the desire to learn about the Dodgers is for the blessing of having another area of communication and connection with my husband. Looking for new ways to connect and grow together in friendship allows me as a wife to cultivate a closer stronger partnership with my husband.
We have influence as wives to deepen our friendships with our husbands by entering their world. What area might you become a better friend and broaden your area of communication? (This will be different for every marriage)
My prayer is that we would be wives who continually seek new opportunities to cultivate an even stronger, closer friendship with our spouses, so that God may be glorified in our marriages.
Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone;
I will make him a helper fit for him.”
Louise is the Women’s Ministry Director at Lakeshore City Church,
wife to Charlie, mama to four and Nana to Haven and Kaiden.