Whether an empty nester, childless, or parents to a houseful of kids, any couple can have a lot of fun together. Playful times instill good memories and create diversions from difficult issues, even if just for a few minutes. Life can wear us down so much we do not have the energy to think of fun things to do, let alone do them. It is important for us to keep the source of stress in its place rather than allow it to spill into the marriage. Laughter relieves stress, and when you enjoy one another, you draw closer. Your bond is tightened, your unity is deepened, and you can give to other people from a replenished well—all because you took a little time to laugh and play together.
“But we don’t have a lot of money.” Something as simple as breaking routine at home can be refreshing–like eating dessert before supper, or creating a theme dinner.
“But my husband travels out of town a lot.” Even when apart, there are ways to connect: watch the same TV show together over the phone, or go to same fast food chain at same time and order the same food no matter what state you’re both in. Partnership is not dependent on proximity.
Another way to stay close is to pray for each other–there is no one who knows each other’s challenges like you both do. When you’re close to God, you’re close to each other.
Just Between Us (JBU) is passionate about building strong marriages. Look through the many articles on how to develop and maintain healthy marriages - articles that address the challenges of spiritual, emotional, and physical intimacy, as well as handling difficult marriage problems. You may even want to print some out and read them together as a couple.