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Wednesday, August 22

20 THINGS I WANT TO TELL ENGAGED AND NEWLYWED WOMEN



Hi friends! :) Yesterday something unbelievable happened. After weeks and months of triple digit weather, we woke up to a GORGEOUS 78 degrees with light rain! I know... absolutely crazy right?? So please forgive me for just popping up now... yesterday was too beautiful for us not to enjoy. We spent the morning at the library, took a walk outside, and then came home to bake some yummy egg tarts. I'll have to share about that tomorrow.  ;)

So last night, I stumbled upon Patty Laurel's blog and saw this encouraging post by Grace Full Mama. I've actually read/heard a lot of these tips before, but have never seen them put together so nicely. Hopefully this will serve as a healthy reminder for all of us. :)


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1. Marriage is made up of two good forgivers. Because every marriage is made up of two sinners. (Romans 3:23)

2. At some point, you will have to learn that life isn’t all about you. (Philippians 2:3)
3. Don’t listen to women that tell you that passion fades…it doesn’t have to! (um…all of Song of Solomon)
4. Don’t give up. Love never fails. (1 Cor. 13)
5. He wants a kind wife, not a maid or another mother. Be nice. (Galatians 5:22-23)
6. Give your husband the gift of your respect.  He needs it more than you know. (Ephesians 5:33)
7. Be mindful of your expectations.
8. Honor the Lord above all things. Colossians 3: 17
9. Find your worth and security in the Lord, and don’t look to your husband to meet all of your needs.
10. Be very careful about reading romance novels, they set you up for an unrealistic view of romance.
11. Real romance is finding that one spot in the crook of his arm to snuggle into, that shared look over the dinner table when the kids are acting crazy, and the way he fixes the leaky sink when he is dog-tired after work.
12. Love is about relationship.  The more I love my husband, and seek a relationship with him, the less critical and duty-bound I become.  It is similar to my relationship with God.
13. Be thankful for the husband you have. Accept him as he is, not for what you want him to be.
14. Don’t compare!! Don’t buy into the game of comparing him with anyone else’s husband.
15.The Biblically “normal” marriage is filled with joy, connection, laughter, and peace.  It’s not free of hurt feelings and conflict, but they know how to process their pain with one another so that they live more often in a meadow than at the scene of a train wreck.  This is not the average marriage, but it normal – -because it is a visible display of Jesus’ relationship with His bride (Ephesians 5:22-33).
16. Your marriage is a testimony! 
17. Pray for your marriage. Pray hard.
18.I’ve heard that is gets better with age.  I have to say in my short {13 year} experience, that is so true.
19. Where there is God, there is always hope. Even for the most broken marriages. “With God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)
20.Marriage is commitment and sacrifice. But it’s also the best, most wild ride you will ever have with your best friend.

4 comments:

  1. I just watched UP with my three boys during yesterday's thunderstorms. It is by far my favorite movie - and yesterday, for the first time, my son asked me why there was no talking in the beginning. (During the time when they are introducing his relationship with his wife.) I think that is the most moving part of the entire movie! It shows, without words, all the things you mention above. I've been married 10 years now, and I can testify to each and every one of those things. When there is stress or tension in someones marriage, I bet every single one of us can point to one of those scriptures to fix it. I love this post!

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  2. I'm not married (but dating the guy I hope to marry). This is solid advice. Thank you so much for sharing! Oh how I desire for our relationship to be all that God desires. :) Cute pic from Up, btw!

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  3. You are right... this is a great list!

    And I love the UP pic! : )

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