In a few weeks, John and I will celebrate 47 years of marriage. It seems to have gone by way too fast, but with five married kids and 21 grandchildren, we haven’t had much time to notice the pace. We are simply thankful. Today we are most grateful for our sweet companionship. No, our marriage isn’t perfect. We still fight and we still have to forgive — frequently. But the years of pressing together through challenges and blessings have produced a stronger blend of oneness.
Recently I jotted down eight ingredients that have helped me as a wife to grow in my marriage.
8 Ingredients for a Lasting Marriage
1. Recognize that no man can love you as much as you want to be loved. Only God can. Run to Him first. Spend time in His word and in prayer. It will relieve the pressure on your marriage.
2. Have a few close girlfriends with whom you can share your heart. These should be women who are for your marriage, always pushing you to Christ and toward your husband.
3. Refuse the temptation to “emotionally withdraw.” And you will be tempted — many times. Recognize it, resist it, and instead, do whatever it takes to grow closer to one another.