Just got back from a surprise date with my husband. He took me to see the movie "Fireproof" and then topped it off with a stop at Starbucks on the way home. If you are married and have not seen the movie, I suggest that it is worth the time and money. It is a great reminder to keep your spouse at the top of your earthly priorities. If you are married and having problems, it just might help you see things in a new light. I have heard wonderful things about the book "Love Dare" that goes along with the movie. I don't have a copy yet, but will be picking one up soon.
It can be difficult to always keep our spouse as our first earthly ministry and priority when so many other things are constantly competing for our time and attention. And yes I meant that your spouse is your first earthly ministry. How many times do our spouses take the brunt of a bad day or a stressful situation? How many times do the ones we love the most get it shown it the least? I have been so guilty of this at times. Our spouses need ministered to just like anyone else. They need to be affirmed and edified and built up just as you would any other member of the body of Christ. In fact they deserve it more. Our spouses need our prayers. We should be interceding for them on a daily (maybe hourly) basis; not to fix them, but to bless them and protect them.
I praise God for my husband. I praise God for a great date and for the blessing of marriage. And I praise God for keeping us 'fireproof'.