If you’ve been married any length of time, you’ve wondered what happened. Why did dating seem so easy? Why did it seem like it was easy to have fun and connect with your boyfriend or girlfriend while you were dating and engaged, but now that you are married it is like pulling teeth?
Anytime you share your feelings, you have a fight. One of you wants sex, but the other does not. One of you feels satisfied, but the other does not. While dating, you could agree on what movie to watch, what activity to do or where to eat, but now you find yourselves having nothing in common but a last name and maybe a child.
Many couples struggle with this. While you may feel like you are the only one, you aren’t.
Yes, your life has changed now. You are older, have more bills and more history with your spouse than when you dated. You also have stress you didn’t have before. I know, it was hard planning your wedding and dealing with families, but now you are dealing with bosses, teachers, your children and you are still dealing with your families! Everything has simply magnified.
But the question remains for many couples and keeps them stuck.
Why can’t I connect to my spouse like we did when we dated?
One other thing changed that is subtle, and many couples miss it.
There is a word that defined your dating and engaged life. A word that you didn’t discuss. You never sat down as a couple to decide on this word. It just happened.
You were intentional.
You decided in advance. You decided to pursue the other. To work at your relationship.
You decided you would put effort into your relationship and yourself.
You made special plans. You thought through how to wake up early and drive to watch a sunrise. You found out things they liked and sought to make that happen. You surprised them.
You decided to wear things to attract them instead of mailing in your clothes choice.
Most dating couples are incredibly intentional about their relationships, and most married couples expect a great marriage to just happen.
But it doesn’t.
Here’s a great question to discuss as a couple: In what areas of our lives (marriage, kids, career, finances, sex, spirituality, etc.) are we being intentional, and in which areas do we need to be more intentional?