“Your every action must be done with love.”1 Corinthians 16:14 HCSB
“And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.”Ephesians 4:32 HCSB
I often joke that the only reason my husband and I are still together is that we keep running into each other! We seem to need to be in the same space many times a day. Whether it’s our closet, a cabinet, or at the refrigerator, we meet up at the same place at the same time, but need different things!
Sharing space with others isn’t easy, but the blessings that come with sharing our lives make it worthwhile. Instead of focusing on the frustration of these momentary inconveniences, we can turn these moments around by sharing a kiss, hug, or some kind words! We bless each other when we take time to remember the positives in our relationships and use these close encounters as opportunities to connect with one another.
It is also a blessing to have some things we do separately, which can make the together times so much sweeter. This weekend, I’ve had a solo writing retreat at a hotel. My husband had the house all to himself. It’s been a small break for us both. But when I return home later today, we will have a renewed appreciation for each other and may even celebrate when our paths collide.
PRAYER: Dear Lord, thank You for creating marriage and for the opportunity to share our lives as husband and wife. Please help us to live with peace, patience, and a gentle love. Remind us that You have brought us together for Your purpose and help us to keep You at the center of our relationship. In Christ’s name, Amen.
Journal: How do you share space with your spouse? In what ways can you adjust your interactions to strengthen your marriage and renew your appreciation for each other?