Strike up the band! Spread the news! The backyard patio project is complete! What seemed like a task I could handle became an overwhelming situation that finally was beyond my skills. As my friend Andy Bonikowsky says, “God likes to surprise us” (Jeremiah 33:3), and He did so by providing what was needed financially, physically and skillfully. Last night, my wife and I were able to enjoy our fire pit, the warmth, s’mores and the stars! Wow! How great is our God!
Before Andrew and Alli, our son-in-law and daughter, joined us, Denise and I sat by the fire and read several passages concerning marriage (Ephesians 5:22-33; Colossians 3:18-21; Hebrews 13:4 and 1 Peter 3:1-2). I read a portion, then she read a section. We concluded our time in prayer thanking God for the gift of the patio and the gift of marriage as well as asking Him to help us “keep the home-fires burnin’.”
You see, we have been on a fast-track of late in reference to ministry and life in general. How easy it is to get so caught up in your daily routines that you forget each other. You miss just holding each other in your arms for an extended time. You only give each other a peck kiss instead of a long, passionate “I loooovveee you” kiss! You only speak in passing, and then in broken, perhaps interrupted sentences. Your cell phone gets more attention than your spouse. Prayer time together gets push aside and marriage operates in the flesh instead of the Spirit (Galatians 5:13-26). It only takes one day for marriage to start getting cold.
Men, may I remind you that you are responsible to “keep the home-fires burnin’.” You are the leader. Yes, your wife can contribute, but you are the one to keep things “stirred up” in the right way! So, how about tonight? Build a fire in the backyard and rekindle the embers of your marriage! If you can’t build are real fire out back, then build one in your wife’s heart! Need some help? Look at the previous paragraph. Stir up the fire, guys! Those s’mores and her kisses will be tasty and hot!