This Friday Mark and I celebrate 21 years of marriage. I know, I know- I look way too young for that *blush* but it’s true 🙂
Just like any other family, we’ve been through some wonderful times and some very painful times. But Mark and I have always been of the mindset that we are in this marriage for the long haul, for the rest of our lives. We committed to never use the word “divorce” no matter how angry or frustrated we were, it was never an option.
I was thinking about how our committment to this marriage and our family has impacted those around us. I believe that it has made a world of difference in many other lives, not the least of these is our children.
I want to ask you a few tough questions (sorry- I like getting my toes stepped on, it spurs me on to change- I hope you enjoy it too).
* How has your marriage (good or bad) affected those around you? * How would others describe your marriage? * How would your children describe your marriage? * How would your children explain “what a Godly wife is” by your example?
These questions challenge me too!
If you are not happy with the answers you thought of, what do you need to do to change those things?
Then let’s do it! Let’s open God’s Word and see what HE says about marriage. Pick up a book on marriage, apply yourself to learn. Go back and re-read the “Two shall become One” posts.
It’s not too late. If you feel guilty, go to the Lord- He promised to be faithful to forgive us. That’s the business He’s in! He forgives and restores.
I believe that the people in our lives are greatly influenced one way or another by our example of marriage. I want to make sure that influence is a positive one. It’s not always easy- but it’s worth it. Look into the eyes of your children…it’s worth it.
I’m praying for our marriages,