3 Ways to Play With Your Husband

 

If you’re just joining me for this series on marriage, you may want to check out the previous posts. My first post, titled 4 Things That Will Send Your Marriage to the Divorce Court…and How to Prevent Them, showed how quickly your marriage can be destroyed by just a few simple selfish habits. I also mentioned 4 things we can do to prevent our visit to the divorce lawyer! The first of these is prayer, the topic of the second post in the series. In 6 Things Prayer Does for a Marriage, I talked about the wonderful benefits of praying…and why, without prayer, you can never have the best marriage you could. In my third post, I outlined 3 Prayer Methods That Will Revolutionize Your Marriage.

But today, it’s fun time! We’re going to talk about the second thing on the list: PLAY! Now doesn’t that sound great?

One of the big things God created woman for was to be man’s companion. “…yet she is thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant.” (Malachi 2:14) Why? Because “it is not good that the man should be alone.” (Genesis 2:18) I can be perfectly content to be by myself, but my husband? Oh, no! He is alone only when he  has to be, and comes home as quickly as he can. When he takes a break from his work, what does he do? He plays! He chases our youngest son and tickles him within an inch of his life! All because he like to have someone to be with, and because he likes to play.

Maybe your husband spends too much time playing video or computer games. What does that tell you? He’s just like any other man, or even any other hu-man… he likes to play!

Incorporating play, or playfulness into your marriage is a huge leap toward your destination of your very own Courageous Journey. How can we incorporate more play into our marriages?

1. Tease him playfully often. I’m not talking about pranks, where you dump water down his back or anything, but playful teasing. For example, I often refer to my husband with playful names, like Humble Handsome Hero, or some other terms which can’t be repeated online! I strive to never put him down, but say things that are encouraging and playful.

2. Tease him physically as well, but be careful that you don’t irritate him. One of my favorites is the “cold water during a shower” trick, but of course, it’s not one of HIS favorites, so after a few years of marriage I had to cool that one down a bit. Wedgies are playful, but they can also be overdone. 😉 You just want to be sure that you do something  fun with him regularly. Remember, you are his true playmate.

3. Plan play times. This could be anything from playing a computer game with him, playing a board game with him, or playing a bedroom game. Be creative! It should be a time when just the two of you play together. My son and daughter-in-law have a Wii, so they often have these crazy competitions between each other to find out who is better at whatever crazy game they have. It’s a blast!

Don’t let your home become a terribly serious place. Keep it light and happy, and work on play with your man. And you can be sure, you are his favorite toy!

Check our Facebook page for “Destinations” (assignments for the day) to pump up your journey!

Linking up with: Monday:
Alabaster Jar,
The Better Mom,
Raising Arrows
What Joy is Mine

Tuesday:
Titus Two Tuesdays, Mercy Ink Blog, The TimeWarp Wife, http://www.messymarriage.com/

Wednesday:
To Love Honor and Vacuum

 

9 comments

  1. Judith at WholeHearted Home says:

    This is the first time I am stopping by and I really like the content of
    your series on marriage. I will have to stop by and read some more soon!!

    I found you over at Alabaster Jar today (a day late 😉 for the linkup party.

    • Lisa says:

      Thank you Judith! Would you believe that I added my link a day late? And I thought to myself…”why am I doing this? No one will ever see it!” And The Lord gave me a nudge that said, “It’s ok, just do it. You’ll see.” And I’m so thankful it’s been an encouragement to you!

      I’ll be checking out your blog as well.

    • Lisa says:

      I linked up a day late…and thought for sure no one would ever see it! But God gently nudged me and said, “Go ahead, it’ll be a good thing.” I’m so glad I did!

      Thank you for your kind comment. I’ll be checking out your blog.

  2. Beth says:

    You know, I don’t really “play” enough with my husband. We spend our day off together, but we rarely “play” during that time. Talk, eat out, go to a movie, go for a walk–all, “yes”, but rarely do we play. This is a great reminder to add a little fun and silliness to our relationship, Lisa. Thanks for the gentle nudge and for linking this up at Wedded Wed, my friend!

  3. The Provision Room says:

    Excellent! Play is definitely something that protects a marriage! We sometimes forget to be the girlfriend after we become the wife. But our husbands still love to have those great times with us, doing something light-hearted and fun!

    Fun is serious business!!! 😉

    • Lisa says:

      I like that – fun is serious business! 😀 I think also, as we get older, we feel the weight of life & we are sobered by naked reality…but we need to continually remember to enjoy life, and each other!

      Thanks!

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