Our kids are constantly watching us, and how we treat our spouse is probably how our children will treat their own spouse someday. Your marriage is your child’s blueprint for intimacy and relationships.
Treasuring your Spouse
Worried that your gift will miss the mark? The toaster flopped? Don’t despair. With constant learning and creativity, you really can find a present that speaks to your wife’s heart this Christmas.
For 20 years, I had loved my wife — serving, sacrificing, persevering. But I had conveniently forgotten to consider what it meant to cherish her. To do that, I had to figure out what cherishing meant.
One Scripture verse keeps couples at odds even though its intent is to teach unity. If you consider the context, culture and language in the book of Ephesians, you can better understand this verse.
Just as a flavors can spice up a dish, differences improve our marriage. While differences bring variety, they also create challenges. So how can a couple use their differences to strengthen their marriage?
Our expressions of sincere thankfulness can bless our wife or husband and strengthen our relationship. We are to rejoice in our spouse. But how can we bless our spouse by rejoicing in him or her?
When we find the love of our lives, we don’t want her or him to get away. We woo. We chase. We cleave. But we often stop our pursuit when we get married.
Feelings of jealousy can drive stepparents to compete with a stepchild for their spouse’s attention. The embarrassment of feeling jealous of a child may keep stepparents from speaking about it.
Dory had been eager to return to part-time work. Her family needed the income, and she loved her new job. But Dory now realized that her work outside the home was stressing her marriage in ways she hadn’t anticipated.
A genuine spirit of thankfulness is more than politeness, good manners or an attempt to muster positive feelings. It flows deep from the heart and can continually refresh your marriage relationship.