By the sound of harp strings, my phone let’s me know when I have a text. But it’s when I see “My Rip” across the top of the screen that I smile.
I never know what he’s going to send … things he may need me to do, some little something he just couldn’t wait to tell me later, or just a good ‘ole flirty text. Either way, it’s from him … and that’s all that matters.
Lately, I’ve been really encouraged by the Lord to be more intentional in my life. Since we’ve moved to MS, he and I both seem to stay “on-the-go”, but it’s all good going! And it’s all going good!
But in all the changes, all the newness, and in all the ways God is taking us both by the hand and saying, “Now, walk with Me. I have so much to show you,” we don’t stop being grateful! I was telling my friend, Sissy Morris, just yesterday that Rip and I still can’t believe all that God has done and is doing in our life. We are so thankful…feel so blessed…and y’all, we’re just getting started! The conversations we’ve had with folks, we never saw coming. GREAT conversations full of purpose! We KNOW God is working mysteriously, but yet He is allowing us in on His plans, one – day – at – a – time.
So, with all that said, y’all….Rip and I are so INTENTIONAL in making time for each other. From simple nights side by side in the recliner, to little road trips to Alabama for the weekend, to taking in a hilarious animated movie, to morning devotions over eggs, to … well, back to the flirting!
If you’ve been married 3, 7, 12, 25, 30 or even 40+ years … just remember that there is this thing called flirting that never gets old. Flirting is simply this – behave as though attracted to or trying to attract someone, but for amusement rather than with serious intentions.
As David Jeremiah said in his message last week – Flirting is fun! It shows there is still excitement between you.
So, it may feel a little awkward at first for some of you, but why not shoot your man a flirty text today? Just flirt with him. Don’t send it just to see if he’ll send one back. (No “testing” in marriage.) But send one as his “woman,” not his “wife” who still thinks he is the bomb! A man’s number one need from his wife is to be admired. To be appreciated. You can admire any one of this manly masculine qualities in a fun flirty text that will cause him to stand a little taller and broaden that chest a little wider!
Solomon obviously understood this and was eager to express his love for his bride. “Behold, you are fair, my love! Behold, you are fair!” Solomon 4:1
Now, if I were to paraphrase that in Rip’s redneck country-boy way of texting, it would go something like … “Ummm, girl! You are hot, baby! Ummm, you are hot!”
Which, he has sent before! hahaha! But woman-to-woman, it melted me like you wouldn’t believe! I’m 47 years old, and at my age you don’t feel hot … you don’t even feel lukewarm. And you totally understand the cliche’ – “Love is blind!” It is pure-dee blind!
But in all seriousness…making time for each other is so important! And here’s why – no one will do it for you. No one is going to make time for the two of you. But you.
So, start small — send that text. Get a spark of just sheer romantic fun back in your marriage. Then, I want to really encourage you, seriously encourage you, to listen to David Jeremiah’s series, “Love, Marriage and Sex”. Listen and then pray with God about everything you hear so that you take it all to heart. Some of his messages are on Youtube, but Rip and I listened to his series on AFR radio at 5:30 and they were POWERFUL! And David Jeremiah literally “goes there” … he goes to those places in a couple’s relationship that you normally do not hear from a pulpit. And it was awesome! Here’s a peek – click here!
Let me know if you send that text by simply responding in comments with #flirt
For every one of you who post #flirt in the comments, I will send you a “#flirt” list of texts that you can send to your man that are ALL based from Scripture, but worded in a way that’s fun, romantic, what HE would love to hear, very intentional, and still honoring to God. It’s all in fun!! But I compiled this list after hearing David Jeremiah’s series on Love, Marriage and Sex, and created it into a fun printable! Would love to share!