I’m a natural organizer. However, there is one place in the house that is always a challenge for me ~ my nightstand.
If I don’t routinely work with it, it becomes a mess (a mound of books, tea cups and odds ‘n’ ends). There are other parts of the house that stay clean and orderly (though occasionally a bit dusty because they are not used as often).
Between the two areas, I think I prefer my nightstand. Yes, I love the neat and clean areas, but the challenging clutter of my nightstand is a truer reflection of my life. It’s where ideas and moments of reflection come together. It’s dreaming and planning. It’s notes and prayers.
As I mull over that image I start thinking about marriage (occupational hazard). It too lives on the edge of messy and to keep it from becoming a big mess you need to stay intentional. Stay aware of the different areas and needs in your marriage and keep them cared for.
Sometimes I just list every area of my marriage – emotional, relational, spiritual, sexual, intellectual, etc. – and do a bit of journaling and brainstorming. It helps me see where things are getting too messy or where they are getting a little “dusty.”
Please share your “new year’s thoughts, resolutions, words or goals” as a comment to this post. Let’s share our ideas and be inspired and encouraged by them. On January the 16th I’ll pick a number and the poster on that spot will win a paperback copy of 31 Days to Great Sex by Sheila Wray Gregoire. (Sheila has a number of other great books as well. Check them out here.)
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Lao-tzu
Intimacy in Marriage: One Thing That Can Radically Improve Sex I don’t think I can say “AMEN!” any louder.
Becoming Minimalist: 11 Resolutions For a Better You—Proven by Science I know when I do these things I feel a sense of calm and balance.
For Better – Or What?: A New Day, A New Life A wonderful list of ways to create positive moments in your marriage.