Won Without Words
winning the marriage you desire through wisdom

Shari Popejoy


October 22, 2011

Saturday Grapevine: A Work Of Art

Have you ever considered that expressing your love to your husband is similar to creating a work of art?

If your love is like a painting, each stroke of the brush adds color and hues, depth and perspective, so that when you step back, you see a landscape that wasn’t visible on the blank canvas. You’ve created love! And you’ve expressed it in a unique and creative way.

Your marital bed is like a blank canvas. What will you fill it with this weekend? Snooze alarms, rumpled, crumpled unmade mess? Wriggly squirming kids who snuggle in and divide — what God hath joined together, let no kid put asunder!!

Here’s a better idea! Create a work of art, an expression of your innermost longings and desires, spoken wordlessly to your mate, the one person you can be completely unmasked and intimate with, the other half of your ‘one flesh’.

Perhaps you’re a musician and you like to think of your passion as a symphony of crescendo and vibrato, resulting in the climactic crashing of the symbols and the forceful rhythm of the mallets against the taut timpani. Well then, you’re the conductor — raise the baton!

Or is your intimacy like a sculpture, the clay taking shape under sensitive and responsive fingers, molding the supple mound with eyes that see the potential and hidden beauty within the unfinished jar of clay?

Maybe your private time together is like a hushed and sacred sanctuary, filled with precious crystal and delicate glassware. All of your treasures are the work of a master glassblower, who carefully judges the right time to move into the heat, to handle the molten treasure. And when the liquid love is ready to receive the sensitive and soft breaths to form a beautiful and delicate work of art, just a breath blown at the appropriate time, onto the sensitive soul of a lover expands the liquid into fine crystal.

Making a work of art requires nuance and essence, finesse and patience — and brilliance, and splashes of color, and crescendo and sforzando!

Hopefully your work of art this weekend doesn’t allow hammer and chisel, and completely throw out the idea of chainsaw art — and ice sculptures! Try something new — and it doesn’t have to be fancy — fingerpainting and abstract splotches can be fun!

Love in a creative and artistic way to create a masterpiece, a creative work of art as you create love together!

Have fun making art this weekend!


About the Author

Shari Popejoy
Shari Popejoy is the author of the book Won Without Words, and the blog Won Without Words, encouragement to wives. She writes the Livingstone Library, an adventure series for young people, and the blog Oh Joy!, (injoyinc.com/oh/) for busy moms. She is a frequent contributor to Christian print and online magazines, and writes from the quiet country of the Ozarks, where she lives with her husband, Marc, and their three children. You can find out all about her at sharipopejoy.com!


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