We all like marriage tips, right? How about 31 of them? That’s one to keep in mind each day of the month.
Maybe they won’t resonate with you today, but maybe they will tomorrow. That’s the interesting thing about marriage–it goes through seasons. it’s unpredictable.
Perhaps you can hang on to this list and tuck it away someplace for safe keeping. You might even give yourself a little room at the bottom of the page to add your own marriage tips.
Maybe you’ll underline one or two so that you’ll be reminded to put effort into those areas of your marriage.
Before the questions are asked, I want to address a couple of them…
What do I do if I’m the only one putting an effort in? What do I do if my husband isn’t following a list of his own? And… Why are you addressing the women–what about the men? Shouldn’t they have a list too?
My purpose and calling in ministry to encourage women to love their husbands in accordance with God’s Word.
That they [the aged women] may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children. – Titus 2:4
Anyone who has been reading my blog for a while will know that I recommend bloggers like Matthew L. Jacobson who are doing a wonderful job of ministering to men. I pray that by their ministries men will be sharpened and inspired to love their wives and treat them well.
But if they aren’t? Then I’m reminded of two things:
That the fervent prayer of a righteous wife availeth much.
The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. – James 5:16
And that our actions are a powerful force.
Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives. – 1 Peter 3:1 (NIV)
31 Marriage Tips
- Keep God at the center of your marriage
- Fight with your husband, not against him
- Forgive each other quickly
- Carve time out of busy schedules to spend together
- Put each other before your pride
- Communicate with loving respect
- Don’t say things you’ll regret. Ever.
- Don’t give up on your marriage
- Pray for each other often
- Pray together
- Don’t measure your spouse by a list of expectations
- Give more than you’re given
- Trust God for your reward when you endure trials
- Cultivate your friendship
- Encourage more than you nag
- Speak highly of each other
- Speak highly to each other
- Let go of the past and look forward together
- Offer grace to each other
- Do little things that say, “I love you.”
- Kiss each other often
- Don’t ignore your spouses need for physical intimacy
- Address problems before they become a serious issue
- Stop keeping score of everything, like “who forgave who last…”
- Keep unity in mind – put we before me
- Let go of your anger and communicate with a cool head
- Speak life to each other with words of encouragement
- Respect each other with both your words and your actions
- Live with an attitude of gratitude
- Smile more – stress less
- Always say “I love you,” even–and especially if–you’ve had a bad day
You are loved by an almighty God,
The Time-Warp Wife
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