Monday, January 20, 2014

Want a happy marriage?

Like I mentioned last week, I'm reading The Surprising Secrets of Highly Happy Marriages by Shaunti Feldhahn. If you are married you need to read this book. It's easy to read and enormously practical. You won't regret it.

Today I read that highly happy couples tend to put God at the center of their marriage and focus on him, rather than on their marriage or spouse, for fulfillment and happiness.

This is such a profound truth. There is only one who will always be there for you and never let you down: Jesus. 

Shaunti shared six practical things that highly happy couples do as it relates to putting God at the center of their marriages. You can do these too.

  1. They worship together regularly. Regularly means more than once a month. It means weekly.
  2. They are plugged into a faith community. They don't just attend church together. They serve. They are involved in a small group.
  3. They share key values.
  4. They focus on serving their spouses, rather than on being served. In marriage you have the privilege of serving your spouse for the rest of their life, not getting your own needs met for the rest of your life.
  5. They look to God for the power to be selfless--because it doesn't come naturally.
  6. Ultimately, they trust God for the outcome. We are told throughout the Bible to trust God first and foremost.

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