It’s been a while since we walked the beach, just the two of us.
I recently heard my pastor share his intention to deepen his marriage and pour into the heart of his wife. I thought, “Wow, my own marriage could use some cultivating as well.” Then I received a text from my husband, “Can we go on a date this week?”
Our lives are run in super speed with jobs, responsibilities, and the kids. On rare occasions, when it’s just the two of us, conversations consist of, “Can you test the pool water?” “Will you watch the kids next week while I go to the doctor?” “When do you travel next?” and “I think the car needs to be looked at.”
Before we know it, our children will be out on their own. With the house suddenly quiet and more time on our hands, who will we be? Sometimes, children and the way of life push marriages to the side, as though there will be time later to tend to it.
But what if later, all that’s left are two strangers?
With travel and work schedules ruling our lives, date night has been pushed to the side for months. This past week, forgoing our comfortable date routine of dinner and a movie, we enjoyed dinner at a marina and a walk on the beach.
Because aren’t healthy marriages cultivated by time spent together? And isn’t friendship the fertile soil to a lasting marriage?
Time slows down by the sea. The crashing waves produce a relaxing melody that soothes the soul. The feel of the sand under our feet, the water lapping at our ankles, and the endless sea before us became a reminder that life is much bigger than our hectic schedules.
We talk. We reconnect as friends. Hearts are drawn in the sand.
Walking together, we add our own footprints to the well trod beach. The trail of our foot impressions lead into the water and disappear with the next wave crashing ashore. And the impression this evening leaves in my own heart leaves a trail of hope.
Continuing to count and cultivate joy (1533-1554):
my loving husband
dinner by the river
walk along the beach
ice cream and another walk down by the river
my sweet boys who continue to amaze me
My oldest diligently writing a story for homeschool and enjoying every minute of it
picking out my bridemaids dress for my sister’s wedding
tank tops to wear in the hot Florida sun
ice cold water
Attending my oldest’s science project presentation and never having to see another mealworm again
My dear friend’s sweet baby out of the hospital after a scary bout with salmonella
Trip to Legoland with homeschool group
Free entry into the Legoland waterpark’s pre-opening festivities for our homeschool group
Disney’s Blizzard Beach with grandma
realizing we’ve moved into a new stage of life–the kids can go on slides without us:)
relaxing evening by the pool at the hotel
time spent together as a family
Chicago style pizza
celebrating a friend’s upcoming wedding