Lorain had a passion for helping couples thrive in their marriages.
For 52 years, she crisscrossed the state of Oklahoma with her husband, Homer, as he preached from church to church. Along the way she came up with a succinct formula for marital happiness. Here’s her recipe for a happy marriage:
- 1 cup consideration
- 1 cup courtesy
- 2 cups praise
- 2 cups flattery carefully concealed
- 2 cups milk of human kindness
- 1 gallon faith in God and each other
- 1 small pinch of in-laws
- 1 reasonable budget
- 1 cup contentment
- A generous dash cooperation
- 2 children (at least)
- 1 cup confidence and encouragement (for each)
- 1 large or several small hobbies
- 1 cup blindness to the other’s faults
Flavor with frequent portions of recreation and a dash of happy memories. Stir well and remove any specks of jealousy, temper, or criticism. Sweeten with generous portions of love and keep warm with a steady flame of devotion. Never serve with a cold shoulder or hot tongue.
Quite insightful, isn’t it? Do you have a “recipe” of your own to share? Let me know in the comments section, below.
Adapted from my latest book, “Marriage Done Right: One Man, One Woman.” Buy it now at the Focus on the Family Store.