It’s easy to forget that we should constantly be learning about our spouse. Even though we became friends in high school (15 years ago!!) and have been married for almost 10 years, there’s still a lot we don’t know about each other. And we actually talk to each other a lot!
Last year, we decided to each pick 10 questions to ask each other (scroll to the bottom of the post to see that video). And it was really interesting to see how much we learned from each other just in those few minutes. The crazy thing is, we didn’t even talk about spiritual matters! Most of the questions were kind of silly, like, “Whom would you most want as a dinner guest?”
It’s important to talk about the hard stuff too, though. Husband and wife are meant to be “one flesh” – not only in the physical sense, but emotionally and spiritually too. So that means praying together and sharing everything with each other.
Although we do talk a lot and share a lot with each other, we realized that we don’t set time aside specifically to talk without distractions (kids, TV, phones, etc.) – except for marriage retreats and the occasional date night. Conversation usually just happens whenever and often we get frustrated at the distractions that pop up (or when one of us decides to bring up a tough subject right before bed when the other is ready to sleep…oops). So one thing we are doing is prioritizing distraction-free conversation. Once or twice a month, we will put it on the calendar, maybe pick a special snack or drink to share, and talk about our hopes, dreams, and struggles with each other.
That being said, we also want to be more intentional about our conversation daily and weekly too. We decided not to watch TV at all last week and realized doing so opens up enough time to just sit and talk with each other, which is so important to do on a regular basis.
In case you need some ideas on what to talk about, here are a few to get you started!
Questions to ask each other daily:
-What was the highlight of your day today?
-Did you spend time in prayer today?
-How can I pray for you?
-What is one thing I can do to help you today?
Questions to ask each other weekly:
-Which compliment/gesture/act of kindness did I say/do for you this week that you appreciated the most?
-Did I do anything to hurt you this week? How could I have handled it differently?
-Are you struggling with anything right now? How can I support you in that?
Questions to ask each other monthly:
-How are our priorities right now? Are we putting prayer first and our marriage second?
-How is our family life? Do we need to make any changes?
-Which spending area do we need to cut back on?
-What goal can we set for the upcoming month?
You can also google “conversation starters” and find so many different questions to ask each other. Make it a monthly occurrence at least. Or you can download our list of conversation starters by clicking here or the image below!
Do you set aside time to talk periodically? What does that look like for you and your spouse?