I grinned when I read it and immediately hovered over the “share” button, but then hesitated.
Some of my family and church friends won’t like this.
I sat back and thought for a minute.
Who cares? It’s TRUE.
So, I clicked and shared it.
Marital advice abounds on social media. Much of it is good, but a lot of it is trite. Especially from ministries, which is why this quote from Focus on the Family caught my attention:
A strong marriage requires two people who
choose to love each other
even on days when they struggle
to like each other.
I wish someone had told me that way back in 1987 when I became a Mrs.
I tried to bestow a little of that wisdom with my daughter as we planned her wedding, but no one can really prepare newlyweds for what they’ll face. As she and her husband celebrate their first anniversary, I overheard their comment to some newly engaged friends,
“We’ve heard the first year is the hardest.”
I think I was able to stifle my snort. At least nobody looked my direction.
The first year certainly has its challenges, but the reality is that every year has challenges. The key to a successful marriage is not only how a couple responds to challenges, but also how they respond to each other.
After 29 years of responses–good AND bad from both of us–I think a good question to ask is this:
Will this response make it easier or harder for my spouse to like me?
Lord, there are days when neither of us are very likeable, and we struggle in our relationship. Thank You for loving us unconditionally every single day. Please make Your patience and grace abound in our marriage and sustain our love when our “like” is faltering.
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