Genesis 2:23-25 – Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” 24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.
Before the fall in the Garden of Eden becoming “one flesh” would have been an easy prospect. The fall has affected all of all our relationships. For marriages to work in the world after the fall, for us to truly “become one flesh” with our spouse now takes time, effort, and a commitment to each other, but most importantly it takes a commitment to keep Christ as the central focus in our lives.
Shared interests and friendship are also keys to keeping the love for one another alive and growing. For my wife, Leah, and me that shared interest is hiking. Our honeymoon, 5th anniversary, and 10th anniversary were all celebrated with hiking as the central theme, with many, wonderful, shared adventures in between, and God willing, many more to come. Hiking and the outdoors may not be your “thing,” but do yourselves a favor and take the time to find something that you enjoy doing together as a couple. It is sure to bring you closer with each passing year.
To the best wife and hiking partner a man could ever hope to have!
Happy Valentine’s Day Leah!
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© Todd D. Nystrom and Todd the Hiker, 2014.