The best piece of marriage advice I have heard yet comes from a book I found at my in-laws. Enjoy my review of The Joy of Marriage God’s Way and the best marriage advice ever!
I am very fortunate to have two sets of in-laws that are loving, caring, and fun. My parents are pretty great too. I like to watch how they interact and hope to be the same when with Brandon. While looking for poolside reading materials at my in-laws I stumbled across this book: The Joy of Marriage God’s Way.
Looking at Marriage Advice from the Bible
When it comes to religion I am a very private person and I normally don’t like to talk about my relationship with God or my personal beliefs openly. However, reading this book reminds me that a wedding isn’t just a one day party with all of your friends. A Wedding is SO MUCH MORE!
Marriage is one of the Seven Sacraments in the Catholic religion. Granted Mr. H and I are are baptized under two different religions, we still have similar beliefs – one being that once we are married we will be united as one.
“It is not good for man to be alone,” said the Lord, after He created man. Indeed, man’s road through life and the execution of his true destiny requires of him to participate with other people in mutual efforts and cooperation. For this purpose the Lord established marriage and blessed it, as is written in the Holy Scripture: “And God created man in His image, in God’s likeness He created him, as male and female He created them. And God blessed them and said to them, Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and have dominion over it” (Genesis 1:26-28).
My favorite passage from the book so far is about having fun … which is also my FAVORITE thing to do. Of course GOD WANTS YOUR MARRIAGE TO BE FUN!
“Marriage is definitely serious business, not to be taken lightly or to be thought of as temporary or just until the romance fades. But God wants you also to have fun. Marriage is a relationship with the person who means more to you than any other relationship you will ever have.”
“This person is your soul mate who knows and cares about you better than anyone (even your mother). So be joyful, be playful. There’s an old song that says “Accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative.” Do that. When life is good, enjoy it. Learn to be content with what you have and live in the moment. Too many couples get so wrapped up in what will be that they miss the fun they can have along the way. Most of the fun is in achieving your dreams…”
More Marriage Advice…
“When you laugh, laugh together. Laughter with each other and at what’s happening in life will get you through a lot. Never have fun at your partner’s expense. Be sensitive to each other’s needs and ‘sore spots.’ Don’t make fun of the fact that he’s not handy with a hammer; don’t criticize her cooking; don’t make fun of weight gain. But do learn to laugh at yourself…”
“Try new things too: Go on an adventure, drive to a new town and see something different. In marriage you can explore each other’s interests as well as your sexuality. God doesn’t limit your joy – you do.”
I think I am going to ask Mr. H to read the book too. Although I don’t agree with some of the book’s marriage advice, a lot of it is interesting and topics I would have never thought about. If you feel you and your significant other are having some trouble connecting, maybe you could check out this book!