Time: This is the quietest of intruders, but one that is ravaging many homes because of it’s silent entrance. Our time is a valuable commodity that should be invested in the people that we love and cherish the most, and given to those who we are committed to. For us, we choose to invest our time in each other.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m up for the occasional ladies night and John has his time to connect with his friends, but when the two of us are available, we do our best to use that time to connect with each other and instead use our “free time” to connect with our friends. This takes some extra work, some looking ahead at schedules, some planning and preparation. But it allows us to use our time for each other to the best of our ability and to put each other first.

Although even if you are together every moment, that doesn’t protect you from the Intruder of Time. Time can slip away with your separate hobbies and interests. You can be in the same room, but find that the time you are spending is really not being invested in each other at all. With all the modern distractions of Facebook, Pinterest, Reality TV, and yes….even blogging…you can find that your time is being given to the inanimate in exchange for the intimate.

Protecting your marriage from intruders is a daily task. We’ve been mindful of that for the past six years, and we pray that God will continue to keep us on guard…always protecting, always trusting, always hoping, and always persevering in our marriage and in our love.

I pray the same for you as well. 

[Love] always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres (1 Corinthians 13:7).

Article ran originally on truelovedates.com. Used with permission.

Debra K. Fileta is a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in Relationship and Marital issues. She, her husband and two children live in Hershey, PA. She is the author of the new book True Love Dates (Zondervan, 2013), challenging young men and women to do dating in a way that is psychologically sound, emotionally healthy and spiritually grounded. Visit www.truelovedates.com and follow her on Twitter to get your dating questions answered and to learn more.

Publication date: September 6, 2013