Each Monday I post a picture on Instagram with a snapshot of something we do because marriage matters. You can read more about why we do this on my first Marriage Matters post. Having a strong and happy marriage doesn’t just happen – it takes work!
Here’s a recap of my #MondayMarriageMatters posts from August!
This is my new favorite piece of home decor. My husband spent a day at the camp where we met 14 years ago, and bought this for me at their gift store. I had no idea 14 years ago that we would be spending the rest of our lives together, but I'm overwhelmed with gratitude that God's plan brought us together (8 years after that first meeting!). #mondaymarriagematters #marriage #marriageworks #thewilds @wildscamp @whitneys_man
Marriage is made up of a lot of little things. My marriage can be a lot of little ugly comments, selfish choices and arguments not resolved…or it can be a lot of little kind words, unselfish choices, resolved arguments and moments where I buy his favorite shower gel even though it's not on sale and I don't have a coupon. ❤️🍀#mondaymarriagematters #marriageworks #marriage #monday #irishspring #notanad #love
Sitting down to watch #jeopardy with @whitneys_man after a busy day. There are still things on my to do list, but I would rather just hang out with him! (Peggy is clearly annoyed that the Olympics are over) #mondaymarriagematters #marriageworks #marriage #monday #catsofinstagram #peggymacmillan #airplaneears
When I was single, I was adamant that I would be the wife who said, "I made this and if you don't like it, you can find something to eat for yourself!" Fast forward to married life and I make almost everything exactly the way my husband likes it – not because he demands it (he's very easy going) but because I love fussing over him! Do you still give preference to your man, even over your kids? 📷: cinnamon bun scones, half without craisins to suit my husband #mondaymarriagematters #marriageworks #monday #marriage #love #food #foodie
I added a new hashtag to my posts this month – #marriageworks. To me, those words have two meanings:
- Marriage Works – God ordained marriage and said that it was good. Marriage is God’s idea, and everything He does is good. Some days I feel like it’s impossible to keep us connected, much less have any romance in our daily lives when we’re just trying to pay the bills and make it to the next day! It’s then that this truth encourages me. When I feel like it just isn’t worth trying, I’m reminded that my marriage is a gift given and created by God, and it pleases Him to give us grace and strength for the hard days.
- Marriage Works – In this sense, “works” is the verb. In order for our marriage to work, I have to work at it every day. Some days that means getting up early to make breakfast, other days it means sitting down to watch TV together. There are days that it means swallowing my pride and saying I’m sorry or choosing not to point out a flaw that seems so obvious to me.
I hope you’ll join in the #MondayMarriageMatters challenge – of course you don’t have to post it on Instagram unless you choose to do that, but I love seeing what you share! There are over 100 posts under the #MondayMarriageMatters hashtag – head over there for some great marriage advice!
Take a moment this week and do something special for your marriage – because it matters!