Marriage


How often do we forget that life isn’t about us?!  We get so caught up in our situations, and forget how our reactions impact those around us– those whom we love most profoundly!  I loved this positive message from Care2 about sticking things out when marriage gets tough.  How fulfilling it truely can be to stick it out and work through life together—as a team, come what may…  Think of the example and model we can be to instruct our children how to mature and thrive in relationships of their own!

Prov. 3:5-6

Okay, so a little late for Valentine’s Day, but I LOVE this craft, and I think honestly it can be used any time of year!  Sometimes the talk around the family dinner table gets a little dry, so why not spice it up with table talk?!  Every once in a while add new “fortunes” or questions to the “cookies” and each night, have each person pick a fortune and read the question or topic.  Then everyone can talk about it.  Kind of like the “hi, low” from The Story of Us (I LOVE that movie!!!).  Alright, so here it is, straight from Martha Stewart herself:

Felt Fortune Cookie How-To

Felt Fortune Cookies

From:

Martha Stewart Living

1. Using fabric shears, cut a 4 1/2-inch-diameter circle from a piece of felt. Cut a piece of matching ribbon slightly shorter than 4 1/2 inches. Using wire cutters, cut a piece of floral wire slightly shorter than the length of ribbon.

2. Using craft glue, affix the wire to the middle of the felt circle. Glue ribbon on top, covering the wire. Let dry 30 minutes.

3. Fold the felt circle in half, using the wire as a guide, so ribbon is inside cookie. Next, angle the sides toward each other, bending the wire at its halfway point and forming a fortune-cookie shape, as shown.

4. Assemble the fortune cookies. Carefully peel back one flap of the felt cookie, and insert a paper fortune and a few candies. Fold the flap back over to close cookie around contents.

I don’t know if you’re the praying type—but I don’t think I could live without it!  Life is too tough to try to do it on my own; and so, I rely on the Lord.

It’s so easy to look at myself and say, “I’m doing pretty good these days”, and then turn around and say to my husband, “how could you do such a thing?!”.    Sure, I pray for him; I pray, “Lord, will you make my husband better, and help me to forgive him…”  Now don’t get me wrong, I know I’m not perfect, but some days I start to think I’m pretty close.  It’s so easy to get out of perspective and I find myself so mixed up I’d be embarrassed to admit it to anyone—even myself at times.  But you can’t run from yourself unfortunately, so you come to a point where you break and have to be honest with yourself—and “Lord, I am in need of help”.  I am as guilty if not more so for my anger, judgement, hurtful thoughts and words, we could go on and on…  Sometimes those “small” things seem like they don’t compare to those “other” things.  However, truth be told, they can be far more deadly and hurtful.  They ruin relationships, and torment your own body.  Have you ever heard that allowing your emotions to be at the mercy of another means that they are controlling you?  We can’t allow our happiness to be at the mercy of another, it’s not healthy and not fair to ourselves.  We deserve to be happy, allowing those things to be let go—and others deserve for us to forgive.  It takes the strong to forgive.  It takes a willingness to say, “I will be okay”, and move on…do you have the courage?  You can!  And that is why prayer is so great, it allows us to unload our burdens onto God, and he will carry us through those tough times.  Have you ever read Footprints in the Sand?

And so, I make it a point to have real quiet time with God each day.  Not just meal times and before my kids go to bed.  But REAL time when I TALK to God—I talk, and I LISTEN.  Because we must remember to take time to listen and hear what God has to say.  After all, how can we have a relationship with anyone if we do not talk with them?!

Today I was reading another daily blog of mine, Blissfully Domestic, and she spoke about regularly loving your husband head to toe.  No, not what you’re thinking… it’s praying for every part of your spouse, head to toe.  Thanking God for each part, and equally praying for each part, asking for God to lead and guide him.  Give it a read.  It’s a powerful idea, and I will now regularly, love my husband from head to toe.

Here’s to Le Dolce Vita (the good life)!