My husband literally came out of nowhere.

One day I didn’t know him, the next day we were set up on a blind date. The rest is history. (There’s more to our story, but that’s the sweet and simple version. We’ll save that for another time 😉)

God literally gave me him. He knew exactly what I needed in a husband. Billy is a testiment of God’s love for me personally.

Everything is so amazing when you’re dating the one. Birds are chirping, the sun is shining, butterflies fly by, the skies are blue; etc. Why is that? It’s new and exciting. You’re going places, romancing each other, going out of your way to make them happy.

Then, the M word happens. Marriage. And that’s where people lose all their zest for their spouse. Laundry. Dishes. Work. Money. Stress. Kids. Life.

Now I’m not claiming to know it all. Yes, I’m young and don’t have years of marriage under my belt. However, I do believe God has gifted me a lot of wisdom at a young age. For this I am grateful.

I don’t want a mediocre marriage. I want a beautiful, Jesus-filled, joyful marriage. There are so many factors that come into play in sustaining a healthy marriage (God being number 1.). However, today I’d like to discuss “dating your spouse.”

If you know Billy and I on a close level, you know that we have a very special love. Our relationship has always been founded on simplicity. We keep things light and simple, and enjoy simple moments. Like drinking green tea together. We don’t take a moment for granted.

I think a key ingredient to a healthy marriage is to never stop dating. I don’t think I could explain it better than Billy himself. Awhile back, this is what he wrote as a caption on an Instagram photo:

“The most common misconception among married couples is that dating ends when you get married. Giving up on the wooing, courtship, and pursuit of your spouse is a sure way to an exhausted marriage. I’m thankful to God for the shared values within my marriage with Julia. Dating my wife has been a blast, and I can’t believe that this is how I get to spend the rest of my life! I have the biggest crush on this pretty lady, and I fall for her even more every day.”

Marriage is fun. Spending every day with my best friend is a precious gift. Our motto has always been, “Beauty in simplicity.” Let that ring true in every aspect of your marriage. Don’t sweat the little things. Each day is a gift. Enjoy it. Enjoy the coffee run. Enjoy the Netflix binge. Enjoy holding hands in church. Enjoy the walk in the park. Enjoy the weekend brunch. Enjoy your spouse.

So let’s promote healthy, loving marriage! Next pic you post of you and your spouse, use the hashtag #dateyourspouse

Author: Julia

My name is Julia and my name means "youthful." I believe in imagination. I believe in spontaneous adventures, even if they are small. Here at The Youthful Home, we love a big cup of green tea, a white sundress, home cooking, and a whole lot of Jesus. We invite likeminded friends to visit and stay awhile. Welcome to The Youthful Home.

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