Well “it’s about time”! It is one of the most important relationships you will ever have, and the best advice I can give is, Stop being selfish! If you know you are bad with money and even though they do things differently from you, they seem to have a better relationship with finances than you do, give up the power!! Hand over the responsibility of bill paying, spending, and saving, and be willing to take good advice from your “better half”, cause they got it going on in that department !!
I know of what I speak because I did it, and things got so much better once I saw things my husbands way, (He’s gonna love this post!). We got so good at managing our finances that we are now debt free!! I’m not bragging, I’m just trying to help someone. I’m so glad I stopped being selfish and put into practice my husbands way of doing things because we still love each other and we are living the life God promised us!
If you recognize yourself in this post, don’t be so stubborn that you continue in the wrong direction just to spite your spouse. Be flexible and be honest concerning your weaknesses and flaws. Things can and most likely will change with your cooperation.
If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God — who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly — and it will be given to him. —James 1:5
I sometimes find myself wondering if I’m on the right track spiritually. Am I fulfilling my life purpose. I know I love The Lord and I am trying to live my life according to His word, and then the Lord softly reassures me (through His word) that He is in control and He will orchestrate opportunity in my daily walk (work or leisure) to do His will in and through my life.
This always seems to happen when I begin to question my purpose, so there’s no need to try and force anything, simply study Gods word, stay prayerful, and be kind. The Lord gives us opportunity to share the love of Jesus, just listen for that urgent tug at your heart or a thought that won’t let you rest, then move or speak with love, and share your faith.
Give us this day all that we need and forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Matthew 6
You could be rejected and not understand what’s happening. So let me help you out. When you keep reaching out, and they don’t reciprocate (return the gesture) it may be that they don’t want to talk, be friends, or communicate with you any longer. You should understand that most relationships are meant to be lifelong.
Try not to be upset if you are being ignored, avoided, or even “unfriended on social media”. See your own worth and decide that you are going to be adult about this, and even be okay with greeting them with a smile if you see them in passing.
So have your moment of “How dare they reject me” then tell yourself, If they want to go, let them go!
1 Peter 2:4 ESV, ” As you come to Him (Jesus), He is a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious”
Marriage requires a certain level of maturity as well as self control. It has not always been present in my marriage but it is what has kept us together for all these years. Once we learned to choose our battles and “me” not wear my feelings on my shirt sleeve, things got much easier . Now don’t get me wrong, it’s a process which takes some of us longer than others and you may never really master it but, if and when you get the basic premise of love and unselfish behavior, life changes dramatically.
Recently, while on our way to midweek bible study, a local gospel personality said, “Pride makes excuses but maturity makes adjustments”. Oh my goodness! How many times have you made an excuse to behave badly towards oneanother. Maturity keeps you working at doing what is right, not responding in anger, and not ententionally being hurtful.
During the bible study our minister addressed why we try to change and fail, time and time again. “We can not sustain change without Gods strength to help us, and most importantly, we must check our motives. Is it for me or is it for someone else, so ask yourself, “Did I ask God to help me to change for me? “Do I really even want to change”? Once you identify your reason, go to your Heavenly Father and ask Him to help you with this process, ask Him to help you to love oneanother just as He loves you, unconditionally. Now all you have to do is start behaving in love as you continue to pray for His strength to sustain that change. You may fail a few times before you get it, but practice makes perfect. You will know when you have matured beyond your own ability because you start to give more of yourself than you may be receiving. Without much effort, you walk away from confrontations instead of speaking in anger, and things that angered you in the past may even become comical because, with Gods help, you now see how childish some reactions really are. .
“Love (charity) starts at home and then spreads abroad” Sir Thomas Browne.
Times are so very different now than when my husband and I were dating, it makes me a little sad. People hide behind lies or surface conversations, and you never seem to get below thier surface. You meet online, you text instead of talk. Communication is vital, and face to face conversations allow you to see, instead of assume someone’s emotion from a txtmsg. Phone calls allow you to hear emotion as well. Don’t allow someone who only wants to text, to get close to you. Their either not really serious or they have something to hide.
For your own good, take time to get to really know a person before you allow yourself to fall for someone you may think you know. Don’t be afraid to ask questions you need answers to for fear of upsetting someone, that’s if you are dating for the purpose of finding a life long mate (marriage). Involve God in your relationship, ask Him to show you all things that may be hidden, and then “watch as well as pray”. As for yourself, “Let it all hang out”, all of who you are, and see if they can handle the real you, especially if you know you have unresolved issues, issues that may have even ruined a promising relationship in the past (some things come only by prayer and fasting).
What I am saying is, don’t be a deceiver and don’t allow yourself to be deceived. The truth is always better than a lie. So go ahead, and let them get to know who you really are! And ask God to show you who they really are as well, after all, the person meant for you can handle almost everything about you until, even if a change ever takes place. They could even be the reason you finally begin to want to work things out within yourself!
Proverbs 12:22 ESV Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight.
Proverbs 10:9 ESV Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.
I tell people all the time that I never liked sports growing up but my husband was a football player when I met him. It was his life at that time. I had to learn to deal with it because, it was really the only way I could get some quality time with my sports fanatic man. I learned to understand what was going on enough by asking him what certain calls meant from the umpire, or the referee, he would give me answers and continue to engage me during those hours of the game (smart right).
I said all that to say this. I was watching the story of a coach turned Pastor, Coach Bill McCartney a college football coach, and the founder of “The Promise Keepers”. His core message was and still is, fidelity in marriage by reaching men and husbands all around America with what the bible has to say about marriage, love, family, and relationships. Although he was used by God, he was not perfect, he cheated on his wife and confessed it to her in order to be forgiven completely by God as well as his wife. It took a great tole on his wife and his marriage but they eventually worked through it. Coach McCartney made a statement I felt I had to share with you, he said “The true character of a man shows in thecountenance of his wife, because everything he has invested in her will show in her face”, and I add, it will show in the way she responds to him as a husband and a father. Coach McCartney also said, “God has mandated that every man should bring his wife to spender in Jesus Christ”. That speaks to a God loving man who leads his family spiritually.
Now, I don’t claim to have a perfect marriage, as a matter of fact I challenge you to find one that is but when I look at my husband and my marriage, I thank God because I see a Godly man, a man who is not perfect but puts me and his family first always, one who truly cares about how I feel. He is not college educated but gifted by God with wisdom beyond most, and one who has more common sense than anyone I’ve ever known. He can see the beginning to the end of just about any situation. That’s certainly a gift and I believe the reason why he excelled in his 29 year Naval career and continues to even after retirement.
Husbands love your wife as Christ loved the church and gave his life for her” Ephesians 5:25