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 November!
Doing things for my husband's family is just as much an act of love toward my husband as it is an act of love toward them. My in-laws moved across town on Saturday, so I took them a pot of chili with everything they needed to eat without unpacking a single box. Moving is hard and food makes everything better. ☺️ #mondaymarriagematters #marriage #monday #love #marriageworks
I recently heard someone complain because her husband was *too* eager to help with projects around the house. He might not offer when it's convenient for you, but be careful not to take his help for granted. Personally, I'm thankful for a man who is always willing to tackle my projects…and who makes me laugh in the process! (Loving my new #homesweethome banner from @kirklands) . . . . #mondaymarriagematters #marriage #marriageworks #monday #simplyhomenovember #afewofmyfavoritethings #mykirklands
It's important to plan some Christmas traditions for just you and your husband. With all the things we do for our families, friends and co-workers, it's easy to let him get lost in the festive shuffle. Set aside time to celebrate the holidays – just the two of you. Paul and I always have a special meal and exchange gifts at home before our family celebrations. It's fun and romantic! (📷: Christmas 2011 in our apartment)
One thing that makes the holidays happier is communication. We try to discuss expectations and plans ahead of time – things like: where are we going? How long are we staying? Who decides when it's time to go? How much are we spending? /// When we agree on what we're doing and stick to our word, things always go better – whether it's a party, a family gathering or our Christmas shopping. [📷: Thanksgiving 2015] #mondaymarriagematters #marriageworks #marriage #holidays #love
Last weekend, a co-worker of Paul’s told him that we were the “perfect couple.” I imagine she drew her conclusion from the fact that I stop by to see Paul at work and that Paul speaks positively of me to his co-workers. Anyone who is married can probably agree – we don’t always feel like the perfect couple! Sometimes marriage is uncomfortable, unpleasant and even lonely.
What makes us the perfect couple? For me, it’s two dates: January 14, 1988 and December 17, 2010. The first is the day I accepted Jesus as my Savior. From that day on, my life changed. The second is the day we were married – where we made a solemn vow to be faithful to each other until death. I have everything I need to be the perfect wife for my husband, because I am in Christ. His power in my life makes it possible for me to fulfill those vows I made on December 17, 2010.
“Marriage is the creation of God and a gift from God. He can help your marriage grow and mature as He so designed if you will submit to Him each day. Furthermore, a marriage does not run on auto-pilot. You must make more deposits into your marriage than withdrawals.” (Read the rest of this post here – it’s great!)
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 175 posts under the #MondayMarriageMatters hashtag – head over there for some great marriage encouragement!
Take a moment this week and do something special for your marriage – because it matters!