SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2017
Key Bible Verse: Even among… countless young women, I would still choose my dove, my perfect one. (Song of Solomon 6:8-9)
Dig Deeper: Song of Solomon 6:4-10
You can have everything else right in marriage — you can even be perfectly compatible — but if you stop showcasing each other, the marriage will eventually grow stale, if not downright miserable. It doesn’t matter how strong a dancer you are, men; you could have the arms of an Olympic champion and quadriceps like tree trunks, but if you drop your ballerina instead of catch her; if you step in front of her instead of lift her; that’s going to be one ugly ballet performance.
Romance is fickle, unpredictable, and fragile. It comes and goes, usually without warning, sending both partners on a furious chase to recapture the spark. Cherishing expressed by showcasing is deliberate and intentional, and it provides a consistent path to ever-increasing marital intimacy and happiness. The more you cherish your spouse, the more joy you’ll have in your relationship. When you see others adore and admire your spouse, it makes your heart adore and admire your spouse that much more. When you get your highest joy by giving your spouse joy, marriage takes off.
– Gary Thomas in Cherish
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