Isn’t summer great? It’s the season for family vacations, blooming flowers, patriotic celebrations, and best of all – weddings. June, July, and August continue to be the most popular months to get married.
Maybe you’re like me in that whenever I have the privilege of witnessing a man and a woman exchange vows, I can’t help but wonder what their future holds. Will their love gradually deepen? What challenges will they face? Where will they be in five, ten, or fifty years?
It brings to mind something a team member recently shared with me. It’s a simple acrostic with some helpful pointers to help a man and wife persevere in their journey through life together:
M: Make memories by enjoying the simple things of life together. During hard times it can be comforting to recall happy moments.
A: Ask for what you need and want, but avoid demanding and nagging.
R: Respect each other in public and in private.
R: Rely on God, and remember that He wants to unite you and your spouse in His love. He has your best interests at heart.
I: Intimacy – patiently and gradually develop an intimate physical, emotional, and spiritual connection with your spouse.
A: Act as if this is the only day that counts. Live in the present and avoid dwelling on past regrets and mistakes.
G: Greet each other with affection and joy.
E: Eliminate attitudes of personal entitlement by focusing on how you can best love and serve your spouse.
For those of you who have been on the marriage journey for some time, what useful wisdom did your parents, friends, or loved ones offer you on your wedding day? What advice would you pass on to newly married couples?