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A Marriage that Ages Well
« on: October 31, 2014, 01:06:44 PM »

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A Marriage that Ages Well

A Marriage that Ages Well
Praying, planning, and preserving your way to deeper intimacy
By Linda Dillow




Today is our 50th wedding anniversary. I remember when couples married that long seemed very old, yet my husband Jody and I don’t feel 50 married-years-old. We are currently sitting in our camper at a beautiful state park in Colorado getting ready to go on a hike among the changing aspen trees. Today I am grateful that God is a God of color and that he gave me eyes to delight in his display of autumn yellows and golds. I am also grateful on this golden anniversary that God prompted me to think about marriage before I said my vows.

I didn’t have a marriage model. Because my father was an abusive alcoholic, my parents’ marriage ended in divorce. I wanted something different so I asked God, What do I do to create a successful marriage, one that ages well? He placed three words on my heart: Pray. Plan. Persevere.
Pray
I became a Christian as a college student and searched God’s Word for a marriage model. Proverbs 14:1 says, “A wise woman builds her home, but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands.” I prayed, Oh God, teach me how to be a wise woman, a wife who builds her marriage. Please show me what this looks like.
As I talked to women, I heard that marriage was far down on their list of priorities. They said things like, “I focus on other things in life; I don’t take time for my marriage. I put more thought, energy, and effort into my relationship with our kids than in my own husband and our relationship,” and “I got too busy and had no time for my husband.”
I realized that being a wise woman who builds my marriage means I must live by design and not by default. A deep intimacy and a fun, growing delight in one another wouldn’t just happen. This meant I had to plan.
Plan
If I was going to live my marriage by design, I needed a goal. Who did I want to be as a wife in 5 years? In 15 years? So I asked women to share their goals as wives. Most women admitted they had goals for their roles as moms, in their jobs, in ministry, but as a wife . . . they just “let it happen.”
I realized that being a wise woman who builds my marriage means I must live by design and not by default.
I knew I needed a goal and that it couldn’t be some lofty-sounding statement like, “to develop a deep intimacy in all areas of our marriage.” It takes two people to develop deep intimacy. I was only married a few weeks when I realized I could share my hopes, dreams, and desires for our marriage with Jody, but my goal for my marriage had to be something I could control, something I could work toward. One of the most important things to learn in life and love is that I can be responsible only for what I can control. I can’t control Jody (I tried; it didn’t work), but I can control me.

Source: A Marriage that Ages Well
http://www.faithwall.co.uk/index.php/1132-a-marriage-that-ages-well



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