This is our Marriage Celebration Week! Yes, we’re still celebrating our anniversary (which occurred on March 18th) for the rest of this week. We figured a week of celebration isn’t extravagant, by any means. And I can tell you, it’s been great!
It goes along with the scripture, in Ephesians 5:1, which tells us to “be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love…” We’re happily being obedient and are doing a lot of living and loving together!
Happy, Happy Marriage Celebration!
Thankfully, we were able to get away for a few days to be alone. We’re enjoying spending concentrated time with each other. But while my husband Steve is sleeping in this morning, I tiptoed out. (I’m not as much of a sleeper as he is.) I thought I’d tell you of something we have been doing to grow even closer. Much of it I won’t tell you. But I can tell you this much, because we highly recommend it.
Each year, we try to do at least one pro-active marriage activity together. It may be attending a marriage seminar, reading a marriage book together, or purchasing and then viewing together, a marriage DVD series. (And then, when we can, we do other smaller marriage-building things together throughout the year.) This year we found a DVD series we were especially interested in viewing. And then we’d possibly use it in the future with other couples in short small-group form. It’s titled, Sacred Marriage: What If God Designed Marriage To Make Us Holy More Than To Make Us Happy? It is put together by author Gary Thomas (who happens to be one of our favorite authors). We think this video series is GREAT!!!
It’s a wonderful resource. We purchased the participants and the leader’s guide with it. This way we can lead small groups when our schedule permits again. We’ve been viewing two sessions a day —one in the morning and one in the evening. And then we use the discussion questions during our lunch and dinner times to talk about them together. (There are a total of 6 sessions.) It’s been great! It’s something we highly recommend. It has drawn us even closer together.
Quotes on Marriage
Here are a few quotes that come from this series, which you might think about:
“If we are serious about pursuing spiritual growth through marriage, we must convince ourselves to refrain from asking the spiritually dangerous question: ‘Did I marry the right person?’ Once we have exchanged our vows, little can be gained spiritually from ruminating on this question. A far better alternative to questioning one’s choice is to learn how to live with one’s choice.”
Here’s another one:
“If people get married for a reason as trivial as a romantic high, they will probably end up getting divorced for something as trivial as the loss of romantic intensity.”
Steve and I can say, “Amen” to that! We hear of those types of marriages almost daily. And truthfully, we got caught up in that same thing ourselves, a number of years ago. I won’t go into the details, because we tell what happened to us in a number of places on this web site (including a few of the articles posted in the About Us section). Also, I can hear my husband stirring in the other room, so I want to post this and spend my time with him.
But I want to HIGHLY recommend this resource to you to use in your own marriage, and possibly use it to bless others, as God shows you how to do that. I hope you will.
And finally, as our wedding celebration continues, I want to share with you a few additional marriage tips. They are written by others who have celebrated anniversaries. The first is written by Lori Freeland in a Crosswalk.com article, the next is written by Tom Walter in one of Theromanticvineyard.com articles, he has written. And my favorite is something written by my husband Steve (which was posted earlier this week —in case you missed it). I hope you enjoy, and learn much!
Cindy Wright of Marriage Missions International wrote this blog.
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