What’s Marriage All About?

What Marriage Is All About | What Joy Is Mine

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and I have been thinking about my marriage. I am happily and JOYfully married to a wonderful man. We are 20 years in and counting. Lord willing, we will grow real old together. So, what is marriage all about? Let me share what 20 years has taught this girl.

What Is Marriage All About | What Joy Is Mine

Its not about perfection but about accepting. It’s about walking alongside him through life and all it throws your way. Its about respecting him and building him up. Its about smoothing out the wrinkles together. Its about knowing there will be difficult times to experience. Its about taking those difficult times and triumphing by the power of your faith in a sovereign and loving God.

What Marriage Is All About | What Joy Is Mine(A gift from my love.)

Its about studying him and knowing his particulars. Its about having fun. Its about laughter and hugs. Its about stolen kisses and whispers of love. Its about holding hands and laying your head on his shoulder. Its about realizing how much you really do have in common along with learning to love the differences. Its about truly enjoying one another’s company. Its about appreciating him and all he does. Its about a wink and a smile unexpected and it made  your day. Its about growing your family to further God’s kingdom. It’s about tending to one another’s needs. It’s about communicating. It’s about listening. It’s about unity and being one. Its about sharing your  faith through prayer and, most importantly, God’s Word.

What Marriage Is All About | What Joy Is Mine

Its about growing and learning….TOGETHER!  Loving unconditionally and fully unto the glory of God.

My beloved is mine, and I am his. (Song of Solomon 2:16)

Share what you have learned in being married. I love to hear love stories and how God moves them to be.

 

 

SiggyJuly

 

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When I Pray For Him

When I Pray For Him | What Joy Is Mine

Do you pray for your husband? Do you pray daily? Along with making sure he has clean clothes for work, a warm meal at the end of the day and words of encouragement often, praying for him is most important. 

When I was a young wife, I didn’t pray for husband daily. I recall that my prayers for him were only when he needed something or a situation arose in his life. Though those prayers are essential, too, I realized over the years that praying for him daily is even more necessary. Covering my love in prayer every day has really brought about a strong. Godly. man. I see our heavenly Father working through him and in him as I lift him up daily in prayer.

After all, as his wife, I stand in a strong position to pray for him. No one else on earth does! I need to pray diligently. Daily. With my whole heart. On my knees.

                                                                                                     (His hands, his Bible)

I believe, as you probably have seen in other prayer related posts, that praying scripture is huge when praying for loved ones. When Jesus was tempted in the desert, he used the Word of God to ward off Satan. Not his own words but God’s! An example to us as we pray for others and ourselves.

I put together a FREE printable to use as you develop a diligent duty of praying for your beloved. Print it out and keep it in your Bible or somewhere you will see it daily.

When I Pray For Him (FREE printable)
(Just print out page one.)

It is to my JOY to pray for my the man I love! To know I am doing one of the best things I can for him every day.

SiggyJuly
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20 Years and Counting…

MAR’RIAGE, n. [L.mas, maris.] The act of uniting a man
and woman for life; wedlock; the legal union of a man and
woman for life. Marriage is a contract both civil and 
religious, by which the parties engage to live together in
mutual affection and fidelity, till death shall separate
them. Marriage was instituted by God himself for the
purpose of preventing the promiscuous intercourse of
the sexes, for promoting domestic felicity, and for 
securing the maintenance and education of children.
1828 Webster Dictionary

Today I celebrate 20 years of marriage with my wonderful
husband. 20 years! I can remember how we met over a 
dance…got engaged over orange roughy (a fish)…discussed
how many kids we wanted (lots!)…bought my ring out of
someone’s den (the truth!)…said “I do” on a chilly day…and
committed ourselves to one another till death do we part. 

Marriage is an incredible journey and I have learned much
about myself in the 20 years the Lord has given us as husband
and wife. I cannot imagine my life with anyone else. I’m so
thankful the Lord knew who was just right for me. My husband
 truly knows me, understands me and loves me in all my
 imperfections.

We have had much laughter and endured much sadness. We’ve
held each other through difficult times and celebrated many
good times. Through it all, we’ve striven to center our union
around the statutes and commands of the Lord. 

Something I have always done since we first met and began
to be more serious was to take pictures of us often. I am
presently working on a scrapbook of our life together
from those pictures. And when I look back on those photos,
I can remember the details of the picture. Where, when, who,
and why. It is my desire that this scrapbook be a great
treasure for my kids about mine and Nick’s life together. 
I know, for me, I love revisiting our 20 years together. 
If you haven’t started anything like this today, may you
be encouraged to do something to celebrate your marriage. 

For me, I’m thankful for Nick’s life and his love for me.
 May the Lord bless us with 20 more (and then some!) years
 together. 




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Love By God’s Rules

My Sweetheart and I on a beautiful autumn day
down by the river. 
We’re going on 20 years this month and I am so blessed
to have him as the one God chose for me. 
I love that God created marriage. That He created the
relationship between a man and a woman. 
I have definitely been blessed and humbled to be in a 
marriage with such a wonderful, Christian man. 
I don’t have the definite on what makes a godly union
but I can share some of what has worked for us, not in 
any particular order.
1. Pray for one another.
2. Pray together.
3. Have good communication
4. Be a good listener.
5. Have devotions.
6. Laughter
7. Spend time together.
8. Apologize and Forgive
9. Serve one another.
10. Love the Lord with ALL your heart!
From my experience, marriage takes work and
dedication. It takes devotion and tender loving care.
Most importantly, it must be centered and focused 
on the Lord and His Word. 
For me, I believe he put us together and designed
our union. To Him be the glory!

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Horseback Riding Date

Horse: n. The horse is a beautiful animal, and of great use for draught or conveyance on his back.

(1828 Noah Webster Dictionary)
Soooo….this morning I spent my time on the back of Sisco, a gorgeous brown and white horse. (I forgot to ask his breed but you horse saavy people will know I’m sure.) This is only my second time on a horse and I so enjoyed it. My sweet husband joined me since we often try to arrange time together to keep our marriage refreshed and tended to. Yes….besides tending to your children and home, your marriage needs some TLC as well. So, I purchased this horseback riding tour for the two of us and we had a blast. It was inexpensive, close to home and the Lord blessed us with fabulous weather. It truly was a wonderful time together. We finished up our time together with a meal at a new local deli (we like to support local businesses) and good conversation.We’re so glad for the experience and time to share together. This is another photo for our scrapbook.
Has it been a while since you spent some alone time with your hunny? I want to encourage you to arrange some. It doesn’t have to be on a back of a horse or even away from home. You can do something special at home. You can plan a special meal for the two of you, maybe after you have fed the kids. Clear the table of their meal and set a simple nice table for the two of you and his favorite meal. Or you can take a walk around your neighborhood one morning or after dinner. You can plan a movie night after the kids are in bed and watch a favorite movie together. Or you can plan a night out. However it works for you, I encourage to make time to be with husband and give your relationship some TLC. View your marriage like a beautiful plant…if you neglect it, it will wilt and eventually die. But if you water it, give it sunlight and tend to it, it will FLOURISH. 
~Naomi
   

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