The Gift of a Strong Marriage
Although Valentine’s Day is over, I want to remind you of the importance of keeping your marriage strong, not just on a holiday, but everyday. It’s the best gift you can give your spouse.
Remember what a great adventure your marriage has been and can be, and be careful not to get apathetic about your relationship. As with any journey, there are slow, boring, mundane seasons, but the times of making memories, capturing intimate experiences and finding quality moments supersedes all the rest. Choose not to get discouraged or weary in well doing, in working at your marriage, in resolving conflict or in struggling to make ends meet.
When your marriage is threatened by you, your spouse or others; when your thoughts, actions or attitudes draw your heart away from your relationship; when temptations, lies of the media or the deceitfulness of your own heart tell you it’s just too hard; when the lust of the flesh, your own sin nature or work, things or mere exhaustion turn you away from your journey together, fight for your marriage. At such a time, it is critical to regroup, get counseling and return to the great adventure you’ve set out to accomplish. Let Him lead and guide your marriage and family life, and let Him inspire you, give you new dreams and establish fresh goals.
Susan G Mathis is author of The ReMarriage Adventure: Preparing for a Lifetime of Love & Happiness, and Countdown for Couples: Preparing for the Adventure of Marriage with her husband, Dale. Visit www.SusanGMathis.com for more.