Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Marriage Advice Tip #3 (From Successful Marriages!)

I've been doing a series on marriage advice featuring several of my friends; many of us belong to the same church. These are very wise women who love the Lord! It all came about because a good friend asked many wives recently what advice they would give to new brides and welcomed them to seek their husbands' input. All of the women who responded are committed Christians who have successful marriages.

I'll continue rolling out their responses to you in May—a beautiful month for weddings! My son and I picked up four wedding presents yesterday for several upcoming weddings!

 I pray for godly spouses for all my children. We cannot start praying too early. 

Today you will hear how my friend, Susan, who has been married 25 years answered the question. I can vouch that she lives out being married to her best friend from her countenance when she talks about him! Listen to her excellent advice:

Marriage Tip #3:

"Andy Stanley teaches a principle that is profound in its simplicity: Direction - not intention - determines your destination. Basically it’s great to have goals but make sure you put your feet on the path and take steps in the right (not wrong) direction. 

So to answer your marriage question, my husband said to make sure your spouse is and remains your best friend (along with Jesus). The steps include praying together, doing stuff together, and laughing together. And, thankfully, he is a great listener!!  One of my goals (destinations) has been to make our home a peaceful refuge where everyone who enters, especially my hubby and our children, feel loved and honored. The steps include many of the things already mentioned about how we communicate, being cautious about financial stress, saying “I love you” LOTS, and taking the 'low place.' Still working on these things!!"

“For the Lord gives wisdom, and from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. He holds victory in store for the upright, He is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones. Then you will understand what is right and just and fair - every good path. For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.”  ~Proverbs 2:6-11

Walk by Faith,

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