I am at my husband, Mike’s, family reunion in Michigan. It is great to gather with several generations, listening to stories and reviewing old photos of family members long gone. I wonder what words of wisdom the relatives now in heaven would say if they were gathered watching over the family reunion.
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What would they say really mattered in life?
What marriage advice would they give?
Maybe they’d tell us to not worry about the small stuff, to remember Philippians 4:6, “Don‘t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything”or to try the best we can to get along with each other. And I am sure they would tell us that life is short and when we face difficulties with others, to not live with unresolved conflict, Ephesians 4:26, “Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry” as when we keep reviewing the hurts, they accumulate, harden our hearts and keep us emotionally disconnected, Galatians 5:15, “If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.”
I am sure all our relatives who have gone before us, would remind us of the greatness of the simple:
1. Be nice. When you talk and relate to others, use manners, smile, talk with a kind tone of voice. You don’t have to be rude to be heard.
2. Be hopeful. Hope is that in the face of difficulties you find the courage to rise up, face it, discover options, stay positive, and believe God’s will to be done.
3. Be wise. Learn to slow down, take a step back and think before speaking. Yes, think. Knowing how to review a situation, weigh options, and choose how to react is one of the greatest qualities to have in a relationship, and the most difficult to do.
If you feel one of your long gone relative (or even a current dear friend) is saying to you “are you still struggling with your marriage, or “have you not yet dealt with that issue in your life?”
Then it is time for change. Maybe it is time for a Safe Haven Intensive.
Is it time to work on your marriage, or your own personal growth?
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