Hilarious, picture, right?! Bear with me – I’m reminiscing!
I can still remember the day of our wedding rehearsal on June 19, 1981. We were so excited about our wedding that would following on the next evening! The rehearsal for the second best day in my life (the first being my salvation!) was a really special occasion!
This was in the era when rehearsals were a pretty big deal – you dressed up pretty nice, went to the church and learned when to come in, where to stand, when to hold hands, when the vows would be repeated and when it was time to run down the aisle together!
We are so thankful for God’s grace to us in our daily lives, aren’t we? We know what it looks like – grace forgives, helps, restores, equips, guides, and restores. But what would grace in marriage look like? Let’s put it in a practical light of how you and I can practice grace in our marriage relationship today.
Pray daily for your mate – Find Bible passages to pray for him and watch how God answers!
Regularly learn about him – Things are constantly changing. What do you need to learn?
Find new ways to serve him – Be the one with the biggest servant’s heart. If you want to be great, serve.
Look for ways to surprise him – Find something that would be a blessing and do it when he least expects it.
Withhold criticism about him – Keep it from your thoughts, conversations to others or him.
Touch him – No one else but you can.
Respect him – To his face, behind his back, tell others why you respect the man you chose to marry.
Affirm him – Remind him that you’re on his team, no matter what.
Forgive –Call a truce in a disagreement – Hold out both your hands to him, look him in the eye and say what you would want to hear…”I’m sorry. Let’s make up.”
Be cheerful – Be the reason he’s glad he came home!
You may have screamed, “He doesn’t deserve __________.” That’s why it’s called grace. Do it for him like God does it for you.
As I close out this blogging week, I’m going to share with you the first broadcast from Refresh Her that aired on WHCB Radio last Saturday. You can hear the broadcast live each Saturday at 3:45. This is 15 minutes long, so find the best way to take the time to listen – perhaps on your phone while you’re doing another task or getting ready for the day. Click below to listen!
Is this broadcast something you might like me to post each week? I’m curious if there would be enough interest to find a way to post the broadcast after it has aired on the radio station. Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
Also, how will you show grace in your marriage today?
I’ll never forget one of the first big disagreements my husband and I had shortly into our marriage. I truly don’t even remember what the issue was over, but I do remember that my heart was crushed. I was sure we were in a desperate state. It seemed like we were miles apart. Icy words had been spoken. A wall had been erected and I wondered if Continue reading “When Your Marriage Hits “Hopeless Highway””→
I’m totally not a believer in the Positive thinking mentality of “Just think beautiful thoughts and beautiful things will happen to you.” Living in a fallen, sinful world means we will deal with fallen people and sinful situations – no matter how positively we think!
However, there is an area of marriage in which positive thinking will indeed bring about change.
Thinking on positive attributes about your spouse can change your heart about them, which then has the potential to improve your marriage!
When we rehearse the negative characteristics about our mate all day long, in our own mind and in the ears of others, we are only magnifying those issues. If a wife stews for hours about how she disdains that her husband dresses sloppily, when she sees him at the end of the day in his comfy clothes, those mental magnifiers will jump to attention! It won’t be easier to deal with – it will be more difficult because she’ll feel justified as she finger points in his “messy” direction.
Think how much sweeter it would be to think of ONE POSITIVE THING for which we could thank the Lord all day long. Perhaps it would be ~
his work ethic
his provision for your family
his attention to detail
his love for God
his calm nature
Write it down.
Thank the Lord for that in your prayer time.
Write him a note telling him that you’re thankful for that area of his life.
Tell others both when he is present and when he is absent.
When we make a habit of rehearsing negative issues we’ll only feel overwhelmed and in despair. But when we trade those thoughts for the positive traits in our spouse, we can’t help but grow to love him more.
Let me set the example – I have a husband who is a romantic at heart. He is so great about doing the things to touch my heart. He brings flowers. He remembers our engagement anniversary. He is loves to surprise me with gestures like bringing me breakfast while I’m having my quiet time. He is such a special blessing in my life!
What one thing could you say today about your spouse? Why not start by sharing it in the comments?
Aren’t the old classic Christmas movies special to watch? A favorite of mine is It’s a Wonderful Life. This sweet story reminds me of what every wife should be doing for her husband – showing unconditional love and support. If you’ve seen the movie, let me remind you of a couple times when the wife, Mary, displays that…
After George and Mary get married, they are on their way to their honeymoon when there is a run on the bank money. George spends the rest of the day caring for his customers, half forgetting that he has a new bride. Though they have no money for an extravagant honeymoon, he finds that Mary has taken an old run-down house that she’s dreamed about living in and prepared a beautiful dinner in it for him. She hung up posters of exotic places they’d dreamed of visiting and created the best atmosphere possible for their wedding night using her limited resources and her love.
The last clip of the film shows George returning to his home and family. He quickly learns that Mary that has informed their friends and family that he was in trouble. She organized their support in the form of financial help and their presence. People come pouring into the house with money for them. George is overwhelmed at their kindness. All through this last scene, there is Mary, smiling, supporting her husband, loving him – no matter what. Through good times and bad, she gave herself to be the best wife to him that she could be, both behind the scenes and in his presence. She never belittles him; never criticizes.
No marriage is without hard times. It comes in all different forms over the years, and there must be a resolve to support our husband. We must be willing to sacrifice, lend our help, and continue to love him through the toughest of situations.
What hard thing is your husband going through right now? How can you show your support of him?
Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.
If a husband has a wife who will stand with him and love him through the hard times. I believe he’ll know how blessed he is…and it will be a wonderful marriage (life).
Refresh your husband with your unconditional support.