I asked my Facebook friends who have been married for at least twenty years what advice they’d give to a young, married couple, and I loved their answers! I have such wise friends. You can Read Part One. Read Part Three. Read Part Four.
Pass on these posts to any young, married couples you know!
- “Keep the minor thing minor.” ~Carol Burton McLeod
- “Respect, respect, respect. Don’t argue; discuss. Pray together about decisions. Don’t let the kids ‘play’ you off each other. Tickle often.” ~Lee S. King
- “Always think longterm. In twenty years from now, will I be glad I fought for this? Will it be important in forty years that I got my way on this, or that he followed my advice, or that I didn’t really agree on this little thing? When I stand before God, will this be something I want to have come up and give account for on Judgment Day? How must I live with my man in order to hear God say to me, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy and rest of your Master’?” ~Carla Anne Funk Coroy
- “Start out right, financially. Give every dollar a name before you spend it!” ~Regina Rudd Merrick
- “Pray specifically for your husband, especially when you don’t feel like it.” ~Audra Krell
- “Keep Christ first, maintain a sense of humor, look on the bright side (and there is always a bright side), and marriage is not 50/50—it’s 100/100.” ~Robin Bordwine Nichols
- “After thirty-six years of marriage, I can honestly say that laughter—especially being able to laugh at yourself—plays a huge part in a marriage. Another biggie is to choose your friends wisely, i.e. don’t hang around with people who cut down their own or other spouses. Negativity breeds contempt. And finally, don’t give your man any reason to suspect you’re looking elsewhere because their insecurity leads to all sorts of unnecessary emotional trouble, to say the least.” ~Anita Mae Draper
- “Don’t put anyone before your spouse . . . except Christ. Children come into your life and then they’re gone, but your spouse is forever. Laugh, laugh, and then laugh some more.” ~Annette O’Hare
- “The three Cs: communicate, communicate, communicate. And the other three Cs: commitment, commitment, commitment.” ~Rachel Williams
- “Be a servant to your spouse, put their needs above your own, just as Christ was a servant to us and laid down his very life for us. Cherish the spouse God specifically chose for you.” ~Laura Malear Bethuy
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