What are your top three priorities in this season of life?
Gracious, talk about needing to be concise! Wow, narrowing it to the top three, that’s a lot to demand. Yet, after a few sips of tea everything becomes clear. Sex, bacon and, as a third, um, …chocolate?
No, not those at all. There is way too much body to my top three priorities though so I am going to have to break it over three posts too. Let’s start with my absolute top priority in this season of life:
1. My Marriage
I am blessed with an awesome marriage and an awesome man who continually finds new ways to express his love for me through the good and the more challenging moments in life. The thing about our formation of a blended family is that things remain very ‘real’ and that there really isn’t the same ‘honeymoon’ that those young and in love have the chance to experience. Of course, unless we make it to be that way.
As a couple we are committed to having regular and consistent time to connect, to still make time to ‘date’ one another and to actively work on a building a marriage that is fun. Jeremy and I have, made explicit commitment to this from well before our wedding day. No one in this life is exempt from having curve balls thrown at them. Life challenges us all in different ways and, ultimately, it is a personal decision how to respond to them as they arise. For Jeremy and I, we appear to be magnets for challenges due to the complexities of work, study, research, children each with their own ‘other parent’ and all the many ways we engage with our community as participants and, with a servant’s heart, as volunteers.
So, when life throws a challenge, we don’t throw our arms up melodramatically and cry ‘woe is me’ nor do we throw things around in a tantrum like a toddler seeking to regain control over our world. Instead? We create fun, we break the silence with a joke (or maybe even a fart) and practice smiling.
Making life fun, using humor, cheek, wit and just the odd subtle gesture accompanied with a wink, nod, or glistening eye is the best way to give new perspective on the situation and to find resolution in the challenges that life throws us and, by crikey, it has helped us through some dark moments.
My number one priority is to love my husband and to build a life of joy with him by building just one day of fun at a time with him. I love him with all my heart and he brings such amazing light to my life that protecting the love we share is my number one daily priority in all that I do.
If you are with me in wishing to love your husband then you might be interested in following us on Pintrest. Have a look now at my board ‘Marriage – Loving Him‘ and ‘Marriage – Fanning the Flame‘ to decide for yourself.