love is patient
Marriage Monday: April 17, 2017

Love is…patient. One of our earliest fights taught us how to resolve conflict starting with the little things. It’s taken many years, but we’ve applied that lesson over and over again.

P.S. I won! 😉

“Now may the God Who gives the power of patient endurance (steadfastness) and Who supplies encouragement, grant you to live in such mutual harmony and such full sympathy with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus,”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭15:5‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

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Marriage Monday: April 10, 2017

In a healthy marriage, we make allowances for each other’s faults. Who should go first? The one who’s most spiritually mature!

“I THEREFORE, the prisoner for the Lord, appeal to and beg you to walk (lead a life) worthy of the [divine] calling to which you have been called [with behavior that is a credit to the summons to God’s service, Living as becomes you] with complete lowliness of mind (humility) and meekness (unselfishness, gentleness, mildness), with patience, bearing with one another and making allowances because you love one another. Be eager and strive earnestly to guard and keep the harmony and oneness of [and produced by] the Spirit in the binding power of peace.”

‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:1-3‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

treasure heart
Marriage Monday: March 27, 2017

It’s not a matter of searching endlessly for your ‘soul-mate.’ It’s a matter of treasuring the mate you have.

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:21‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“To understand the importance of that statement, let me help you understand the meaning of two words Jesus used in the original language. In the Greek language that the New Testament was written in, the word for treasure is thesauros. It means treasure or wealth. But it also means a treasury, or the place where we deposit our wealth.

“The second important word in Jesus’ statement is heart. It is the Greek word kardia. It means the seat of our emotions and passions. Here is a paraphrase of Jesus’ statement in Matthew 6:21: Wherever you are depositing the treasures of your life, your passion will be there also.” Strengths Based Marriage

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Marriage Monday: March 20, 2017

Respect + honor + love is the formula of a healthy person in a healthy marriage.

“The bottom line is that God takes it personally when we mistreat each other.” Strengths Based Marriage

“In the same way, you wives must accept the authority of your husbands. Then, even if some refuse to obey the Good News, your godly lives will speak to them without any words. They will be won over by observing your pure and reverent lives.

In the same way, you husbands must give honor to your wives. Treat your wife with understanding as you live together. She may be weaker than you are, but she is your equal partner in God’s gift of new life. Treat her as you should so your prayers will not be hindered.”
‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭3:1-2, 7‬ ‭NLT‬‬

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Marriage Monday: March 13, 2017

Selfishness in marriage is like a toxin. The antidote is servanthood.

“The best marriages are two servants in love. The worst marriages are two selfish people in love.” Strengths Based Marriage

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” ‭‭Mark‬ ‭10:45‬ ‭NIV

Marriage Monday: March 6, 2017

In order to get through to your husband you have to speak his language.

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:29‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“Regardless of what is being said to a man, if he discerns disrespect in it, he will reject it. . . .Because of this, a man will naturally gravitate to the place he gets the most respect and avoid places or people that make him feel disrespected.” Strengths-Based Marriage