Monday, October 20, 2014

Marriage Monday: Marriage on the 50 Yard Line {Link up}

Welcome back to Marriage Monday!  I'm so glad you've joined me as we focus on strengthening and promoting godly marriages, both in our nation and in our own backyards. 

Did you happen to see any good football games this past weekend??  ;)  That question might surprise you, but today I'm going to talk to the wife of the football fan!
Today's post might even be subtitled, "Loving your husband begins in front of the football game."  

Let me ask you a question, do you like football? In my experience, a few women really enjoy watching football, some even more so than their husbands, while the majority of women seem to hate it and resent the time their husbands spend watching it.

I want to challenge you that if your husband loves watching football (or basketball, baseball, soccer, etc.) that you should attempt to like watching that sport too.  (I draw the line at wrestling!)  ;)

Try sitting down beside your husband and watching whatever the sport is that captures his attention.  Ask him to explain the rules that you don't understand. Try to gain an appreciation for the game.  At the very least, try to understand it well enough that you will know what he's talking about if he shares some exciting detail with you!  ;)

If it bores you to tears, or seems like a huge waste of time, try to find something you can do while "watching" the game with your husband.  Football games are a great time for double tasking!  My Mom used to sit by my Dad and knit or crochet during football games!  I've been known to read a book, flip through a magazine, scroll through Facebook, or work on a blog post -- all while catching the big plays of a football game with my husband and sons.    

Like football, marriage is about more than just the "big plays."  It's about systematically moving the ball down field a few yards at a time, achieving "first downs" all along the way, until you finally score. If your husband is a big football fan, you might find that your showing interest in the game earns you a "first down" in his eyes.  Who knows, you may even score a "touchdown?"  ;)

Your Turn to Share:

Have you learned the skill of showing interest in something that your husband is interested in?  What was the result?  Did it please your husband?  Did it make him feel more appreciated?  Did it prompt him to show interest in something you love?  Please leave a comment here on my blog or over on my Facebook page, so we might all be encouraged! You may also email me at if you wish to share a private testimony or a guest post.

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Happy Busy Mama said...

Love it! I always love the story of your mom knitting gifts for others while sitting with your father while he watched TV. My husband is the same. He just likes me to sit with him while he watches football, and doesn't mind that I am often working on the computer. I grew up on football, but I am still asking questions and learning. For the last two years, my son has organized a family fantasy football league, and this year even talked us into ordering t-shirts. I have little idea of what I'm doing, but I am willing to learn. It is one more thing that knits us all together! Love this post!

Beth said...

This is a challenge that I needed, Elizabeth. My husband is an avid sports watcher, watching any sport that comes on TV. I will sit by him and do other things, like read, write, etc. He doesn't seem to mind that I don't focus on the game, but I know he'd be thrilled if I wanted to watch a game with him. Thanks for challenging me to be more connected and giving to my husband's interests as well as hosting, my friend!

Mary Dolan Flaherty said...

I have to say that your blog title, Yes They are all ours" is what drew my attention. Good for you! What a beautiful family. Two was more than enough for me! (I always wondered who would take care of the third-you know, one parent for each child). Enjoyed reading your post. FYI-my 27 year old daughter LOVES football, knows all the players and their stats, and knows things about the game that I never even knew existed. SHe was a cheerleader for years, then coached cheerleading but if she had her way, she probably would have preferred to play on the team!

Stephanie K said...

Great post! I enjoy sports, but not as much as my husband. When we first got married 11 years ago a friend of our started a fantasy football league that we both have teams in still. This is a great activity for us to do and gives us shared things to talk about. And when the games are on Sunday (and Thursday and Monday) even if I don't care about the outcome of the game I can cheer for the players that are on my team. Another thing that helps us connect is when I read articles from his Sports Illustrated. It's a great way to surprise him by starting a conversation he wants to talk about.

JES said...

Great advice! My husband isn't into sports but cutting hay. So, I try and familiarize myself with that world so that he can talk tractor talk with me :) I suppose it would be the same thing... Thanks for sharing your helpful posts on the Art of Home-Making Mondays!

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