I find it interesting that the first human institution God created was marriage. Its importance is clear in the words of Genesis 1:27, where we see that the relationship between a man and woman actually reflects the image of God. In Genesis 2:18 God declared it was "not good" for man to be alone, and in Genesis 2:24 He calls for a husband and wife to be "one flesh" -- a physical, emotional, and spiritual union.
That's why I emphasize at marriage conferences that the marriage relationship should be paramount in the home, even over parenting. If you are a parent, one of the greatest gifts you can give your children is a healthy, happy, and stable relationship with your spouse.
The challenge, of course, is that it's very easy to drift into isolation after you are married. Often a husband and wife begin drifting apart so slowly that they hardly recognize it. Then, after a few years of poor communication, they realize that their love life has grown stale. That's why many successful-looking marriages aren't much more than two successful people independently doing their own thing -- they aren't friends and life-partners. And when that happens, the children suffer.
Here are two keys for battling the drift toward staleness and isolation in your marriage:
[Read the rest of the article at Answers in Genesis.]