June is the month for weddings. In fact, my husband and I were married 23 years ago this month. It has been quite the adventure. As we watched our wedding video this week, I saw a much younger version of me- one who still had a lot of growing up to do and many things to learn about marriage. I look in the mirror today, and I see an older version of myself that still needs some work. I love being married to my husband and consider him not only my Prince Charming but my best friend. That said, marriage takes work. So I thought I would share today two things that are helping our marriage work during this season.
1. Keeping the Communication Lines Open
2. Not Taking Offense
In the book, Keepers of Salt, Debby Davis has a chapter on how not taking offense is one of the best ways to keep covenant. Marriage is a covenant relationship. When I chose to not get angry or be offended by something my spouse says, I am keeping covenant with my husband. It is so easy to react when what I really need to do is listen, respond with grace and the intent to understand. It is still a work in progress but is making a difference in my relationship with my husband.
What things are helping you make your marriage better?