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The Difference a Break Can Make

Last week, I went out of town with my husband on a child-free vacation to celebrate our anniversary. It was wonderful!

We didn’t have to worry about packing a stroller, sippy cups, and diapers.

We didn’t have to worry about following a schedule that included naps.

Everyday for almost a week, we left our hotel in the mid morning and came back home in the late evening.It was almost like the days we shared together before we had our son. We didn’t have to worry about a thing but what we wanted to do.

It was great to be carefree for a couple of days!

Despite the joys of being carefree, I missed our son. I talked to him on the phone every day. My mother in law came in town to watch him for us and it was a blessing. We knew he was in good hands and for the first time in a long time, we didn’t have to worry about if we were staying out too long or worry about our son being on his best behavior.

As much as I missed my son, I had to take advantage of this special time with my husband.The marriage union is a powerful covenant made before God. It’s not a contract, as some people treat it today. Genesis 2:18-25 tells the story of the first marriage on Earth. When God made Adam, He saw that it wasn’t good for him to be alone. He created him a helpmeet. The Bible says that man was to leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife. God sees our relationships with our spouse as a very important thing and a priority that requires attention and maintenance.

Sometimes when we have children, it’s easy to lose focus on our marriage and place it all on raising up a productive citizen and child of God. But failing to achieve proper balance can cause problems.

When you take time to nurture your marriage, it’s not only to your benefit, but to your child as well. Children need to see their parents loving each other. They need to see positive marriage relationships.

As a military spouse, I understand the reality of the military dictating whether we will be able to celebrate an anniversary, Christmas, Thanksgiving, or birthday together. That makes it all the more important to take time to invest in our marriage and spend time together…just the two of us.

When my husband and I came back, we were refreshed and relaxed. Everybody needs a timeout every once in a while. Even in the world of sports, you have timeouts and halftime to give the players a chance to rest, strategize, and get encouragement. Why do we think that we don’t deserve that too?

If you are friends with a married couple that hasn’t been on a date in a while, offer to babysit their kids for them. Everyone needs a hot date to look forward to every once in while. Take time to be a blessing to someone’s marriage. Sowing blessings help you reap blessings!

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  • Christian Mommy Writer June 16, 2009, 12:57 AM

    Hello Ms. Wanda and Proverbs 27:19!

    Thanks for stopping by and feel free to come back again. I'm going to check out your blogs too.

    Be blessed!

  • Proverbs 27:19 June 15, 2009, 9:34 PM

    Hi Christian Mommy Writer! I too found you on Momsweb!

    Nice to "meet" you. I see that we are connected by Christ, the military and being blessed to be at home with our children.

    I would love to come back and visit, so see ya later.


  • Ms. Wanda June 15, 2009, 6:15 PM

    Hi, just dropping in:) I saw you on Momsweb! Love your post! Happy Anniversary! My husband and I celebrated ours yesterday, 12 years and prayerfully we'll see 50 more:)

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