Marriage Blog: 16th Wedding Anniversary…16 simple thoughts on marriage.

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It’s hard to believe she’s put up with me for 16 years. We’ve had our struggles and challenges but I can’t imagine doing life with anyone else.

I thought this week’s marriage blog I’d simply give you 16 Thoughts on marriage:

  1. Christ MUST be your foundation. Marriage by itself is hard. I can’t imagine doing it without Jesus.
  2. You cannot find fulfillment in each other. We find our fullness in Jesus (my sermon in two weeks).   Jesus is our foundation AND our fulfillment.
  3. You can’t get married based upon what you get out of it.  Approach marriage by what you can give/serve.
  4. No husband has ever been taken to divorce court for doing too much housework.
  5. Egos and stereotypes must be left at the front door.
  6. Date often…then date some more.
  7. Be givers: Tithe. Give to missions.  Give to benevolence.
  8. Find ways to volunteer/serve together.
  9. Never met a couple going through divorce proceedings who has a consistent sex life.
  10. Selfishness has no place…EVER.
  11. Forgiveness is immediate.  Trust is built.
  12. Embrace healthy financial stewardship. Run from debt.
  13. Be a constant student of your spouse.
  14. Don’t stop reading.
  15. Encourage her/him everyday. Find ways to say and express “I love you.” Don’t take your spouse for granted.
  16. Find things to celebrate.

Do you have any to add to the list?

Thanks to Anne for giving me 16 of the greatest years ever.

Thanks for letting me ramble…

2 Minute Devo #31Days – “I set the Lord before me”

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We are starting a new series this month called “#31Days.” What “#31Days” means is we are encouraging everyone to take the challenge of encouraging someone via social network for 31 days.  Make sure you use the hashtag!

Today’s scripture: Psalm 16:7-9

I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me. I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure.