Encouraging words can go a long way in building up your spouse, and strengthening the foundation of your relationship. We’re told in God’s word that:
“And when he arrived and saw the evidence of the grace of God, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts. He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord“ (Acts 11:23-24).
Can those words be said of you? (more…)
You’ve heard it said, “Behind every great man is a great woman.” I’m a testament to that truth. I know that whatever success I’ve achieved in my life’s work/ministry, as a father, and anything else, is in large part due to the support and advice I have always gotten from my wife of 43 years —Cindy. [NOTE: While I’ve not always “wanted to hear it,” invariably it has always proven to be the right/best thing to do.]
Cindy and I also believe that there’s a corollary to this truth: “Behind every successful marriage are people who are willing to invest their lives, talents, experience and a willingness to speak ‘truth’ into the lives of a couple.”
We’ve been blessed over the years that we’ve had a number of people who have invested into our marriage, especially at critical junctures or when facing important decisions. That is one of the main reasons we feel God inspired us to start Marriage Missions International —to give back to others from what we so richly received. (more…)
I’m not thinking the couple in this illustration is doing much of anything exciting together, but at least they’re doing SOMETHING together, which is more than way too many couples will do together after they married. Of course, this is with the exception of doing things with and for their children. But that’s not what this blog is about… I’m talking about doing some things together that just may help grow your relationship as a married couple.
It’s strange how active we will be in doing fun and interesting things together before we marry, but after we say “I do” we don’t. (more…)