If you’ve been around here awhile, you might notice that I often refer to Dr. Gary Chapman’s books. They are so helpful in navigating relationships, aren’t they?
In April’s post, I wrote about hearing him on a podcast and talking about When Sorry Isn’t Enough: Making Things Right with Those You Love. In that podcast episode, which I’ll link here, he also mentioned his book, The Four Seasons of Marriage: Secrets to a Lasting Marriage.
I haven’t read this one yet (it’s on my book list), but its premise made a lot of sense to me. As of last week, I’ve been married for 17 years and agree with Dr. Chapman that marriages experience different seasons.
In the book, he talks about the four seasons of spring, summer, autumn, and winter. Each season has blessings and challenges, but all of them help us grow and sustain our marriage.
When I think of the summer season of nature and weather, I think of fun. We usually go on vacation in the summer. We spend time at the pool or the beach. We go camping. We host barbecues or go on picnics. We do different things in the summer than we do in other seasons.
What if we remembered to apply the fun principles that surround summer to our marriages? What if we got out of our normal routine to embrace all that this season has to offer?
Here are some things to think about:
- How are we having fun in our marriage this summer?
- How can we do different things in this season because of the kids being out of school, time off of work, warmer weather, etc.?
- Where can we go, just the two of us, to experience the beauty of summer?
Here are two previous helpful Rock Your Marriage blog posts that can give you some great ideas of how to spend your summer days together:
- Fun (and Relatively Inexpensive) Summer Date Ideas – Rock Your Marriage
- Planning a Weekend Getaway – Rock Your Marriage
We’d love to know how you’re enjoying the summer season with your spouse. Leave us a comment below with your plans and ideas.