1. Amen to this post, Jenifer! My husband is my best friend, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. He knows me better than anyone else in my life and I know him better than anyone else in his life. It makes the time we have together so much more valuable when we’re comfortable being ourselves and know we aren’t being judged, but we are loved for who we are by the person God gifted us to spend our life with. 🙂 We laugh together a lot!

    1. That is so wonderful that you and your husband are best friends, Rosann! It does make that time together more special. Thank you for stopping by and commenting. God bless.

  2. This was a wonderful post with so many good suggestions! The longer I’m married to my husband the more I realize how much I need his friendship (and vice versa!). Not only is it a more enjoyable way to walk through marriage, but it’s carried us through some tough times too. Thanks for the encouragment!

  3. Doing things my husband loves to do has been my greatest area of change. Having fun his way has helped solidify all areas of our marriage. I originally looked at it as an act of service. But, it evolved into a way of stretching my comfort zone. Doing stuff he likes challenges me with risk taking. It’s given me some self confidence to zip line and deep sea fish. There’s been a huge win-win. God knew what he was doing making us have complementary natures. Thanks for this great post!!!

  4. When my husband and I met, we were actually best friends before he even asked me to go on a date with him. I have always prided myself that I married my best friend. However, over the last 20 years, we have lost sight of that and sadly, I don’t remember the last time we laughed together…
    I am being reminded so much through this 31 day journey. I am praying for God to bring us back to him and to each other. Thanks for the steps today and reminder that we once were friends!

    1. That is so great that you married your best friend, Janet! Yes, it is easy to lose sight of the friendship as life gets in the way. I am praying with you, Janet, that God helps bring the laughter and friendship back. I am here if you need someone to talk to, jenifer@jenifermetzger.org. Thank you for stopping by!

      1. Thank yrou Jenifer! I covet your prayers as our marriage is just simply not good right now. I’m not giving up and fight the enemy and his voices on a daily basis. I so appreciate you and you offer to talk. I just might take you up on it. I look forward to each new entry. Blessings!

        1. Janet, sometimes we parents are so busy being mom and dad that we forget to be husband and wife to each other. It’s not too late, my friend! So glad you married your best friend and you haven’t lost him. God will bless you by helping you reconnect!

  5. Wonderful tips, Jenifer! I married my best friend too, we knew each other for five years before we began dating, and then we dated for two years.

    Our son just married his best friend last weekend. He met her in college and they were really good friends for a year before they began dating, and they also dated for two years before marriage!

    You are right in that we have to talk to one another, laugh together and have fun. For some people, friendship comes AFTER marriage, I think. It’s a process of building and growing and strengthening that relationship but it is such a blessing!

    1. That is so wonderful that you married your best friend and so did your son! Praise God! I agree, it is a process of building and growing! Thanks for stopping by friend.

  6. Jenifer, I loved your 8 tips especially #4, never stop learning about him! That really got me thinking! I have been married for 9 years but the friendship part was not there in the beginning! I am now trying to be a good friend for him and I am sure these tips will help!

    1. Sunu, that’s great that you are trying now! Yes, we must never stop learning about our mate. I have once heard that when we stop learning (it was about life in general but I believe applies to marriage) that we stop growing. Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Thank you Jolene! And thank you for allowing me to be a part of this series. I am honored as well as encouraged by reading each post.

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