eXhilaration – it’s a combination of Fear + Fun… doesn’t that define marriage?

(If you’re wondering why I’m using the interesting “small e” and “capital X”, it’s because there aren’t any Values in Robert’s list of 400+ that begin with “X”  — and I”m doing an A-Z challenge with these posts. So… I’m being creative. 😉  Just join in the fun.)

Ever been on a roller-coaster?

What’s the first thing that happens when you get on a roller coaster?  You get buckled in.

You know the ride is going to be exciting – that’s a given.

You know, at some time during the ride, your stomach is going to be in your throat.

You know you’ll feel out of control.

The ride is a combination of fear & fun.

eXhilaration - doesn't that define marriage - use your 5-point buckling system and enjoy the ride

Marriage is just like a roller coaster.

In marriage there are l-o-n-g uphill climbs and wind-rushing-through-your-hair-thrills.

Sometimes a spin or two – and even an upside-down moment… or eight.

What makes the difference between a thrilling ride, and possible death?

Being buckled in.

In marriage what is holding you safe?

A husband and wife can use a five-point buckling system for their marriage ride. They’ll use it to weather the fear and fun – the exhilaration of the ride:

Hope – the belief in each other and a good future together.

Faith in God – as a strength and guide in directing your life together.

Love – unconditional and affirming, building up and strong.

Prayer – as an investment for the future and a way to release pressure.

Action – working together to create a meaningful life – greater than just the two of you.

And who is always there to help buckle you both in… who is your “buckler”? Why, it’s Jesus, of course!

Encourage your spouse and enjoy the eXhilaration!

Yup. Stay buckled in and enjoy the ride! 

Robert’s official definition of Exhilaration is: the feeling of lively and cheerful joy; refreshingly thrilling


I’m putting these posts – “A to Z” Values – all under the FAMILY portion of this site. Why? Every one of these Values words will be a blessing to each spouse – but more than that… they’ll benefit your whole family!

Imagine if you are buckled firmly in – ready for the fear and fun of marriage – what kind of impact will that have on your family? On your children? I’m guessing that your children and family will only benefit as they watch the two of you encourage each other through the up-down-and-all-around eXhilaration of life together.

This is an Instagram challenge for July 2016 – A to Z and a few numbers… check out our Instagram account!

The posts in this series can be found on the PAGE – 27 Values to Enrich your Marriage  (BTW – If you’re reading this post before the end of July 2016, then the page isn’t complete… I’m still writing! 😉 )

27 Values to Enrich your Marriage - 27 values for your marriage