Given the fact that the fall of humanity has created such tension between men and women, it truly amazes me that people fall in love and get married. When I got married at the age of 35, I thought, “This is a miracle. I never thought I could love someone enough to want to spend the rest of my life with him. And considering the obstacles that are put in the path of healthy relationships, not only is it a miracle that I’m getting married, it’s a miracle that anyone gets married!!”

A loving marriage relationship is a push back against the curse of the fall. It’s a beautiful, redemptive picture of Christ and his bride, the Church. In a world gone mad, a healthy marriage is a place of refuge and support.

Like a garden, our marriages needs tending and care – weeding out our own sin and selfishness, watering the seeds of love when times are hard, and giving the sunshine of encouragement and fun to each other.

Music, that glorious gift, is one of the helpful ways I’ve cultivated my love for my husband. As the Bard famously said, “If music be the food of love, play on.”

Great advice, Mr. Shakespeare. I have been known to be a fairly intense person, but one thing I have learned in marriage (among many lovely things) is that marriage can be a huge source of relief from life’s burdens because lovin’ my husband is fun! (I mean, he is pretty fabulous.)

So as we head into the weekend, take this moment, married and dating friends, to feed love. I have a bunch of fave love songs, but this one helps me remember that “love don’t have to be a bunch of drama, bunch of knock-down, drag-outs, cryin’ in the rain!”

Even if your marriage feels like a bunch of drama right now, take a step back this weekend and remember why you fell in love with this person in the first place: ’cause lovin’ him or her is fun.  🙂

If you want some playlist suggestions for other love songs, here’s a short list.  If you have a favorite, I’d love for you to share it in the comments! ‘Cause hey, everybody, everybody wants to love; everybody, everybody wants to be loved.

Silly Love Songs – Paul McCartney
Honey Bee – Blake Shelton
(You Make Me Feel Like) a Natural Woman – Aretha Franklin
So Are You to Me – Eastmountainsouth
Crazy Girl – Eli Young Band
Love is Here to Stay – Ella Fitzgerald
You Make Loving Fun – Fleetwood Mac
Better Together – Jack Johnson
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) – James Taylor
I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
She’s Got It All – Kenny Chesney
Forever and Ever, Amen – Randy Travis
What a Man – Linda Lyndell
Whatever It Is – Zac Brown Band