In our Song of Solomon passage we are reminded that communicating love and expressing admiration in both words and actions can enhance every marriage relationship.
In 4:12 Solomon compares his bride to a locked garden, praising her virginity. In society today the idea of saving yourself sexually until marriage is scoffed at and considered "impossible". But God created sex and established the boundaries in which to enjoy it as He designed it to be enjoyed - marriage.
Chapter 5 reminds us that after some time passes marriage can start to lose its initial sparkle. Conflicts, pressure, and other trouble may creep in. But spouses need to remember to be a haven to each other, and to renew and regenerate intimacy within the relationship.
5:16 reminds us that in a healthy marriage, lovers are also friends. Great marriage relationships are built on friendship, and simply enjoying being with the other person. I am blessed to have that relationship with my husband and want that type of relationship for our children.
There is so much said in our Ephesians passage that it's overwhelming to even find one thing to concentrate on. I love the concept that we have been chosen, we have been adopted as God's children - and that with that comes every privilege of true sons and daughters. Truly the blessings are endless, and something to be so thankful for this Thanksgiving Day weekend!
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Song of Solomon 6-8; Ephesians 2