Today, I have a guest post for y’all. Enjoy.
This is Fawn with the Happy Wives Club and I’m so happy to be guest blogging here today. In reading Lori’s daily blog posts, it’s a bit intimidating for me because they’re usually only a couple paragraphs long and my blog posts are typically 3x as long. So my goal today is to figure out how to give one important piece of advice…in a few paragraphs or less. Pray for me. :)
Not long after my husband, Keith, and I first said “I do” we were confronted by negative comments about marriage everywhere we turned. I was dumbfounded by the number of friends, family members and casual acquaintances who would make comments with regard to how difficult marriage is and how once the “honeymoon phase” ends we will need to face the realities of marriage. And sadly enough, these were mostly Christian couples. We heard about everything from the ‘first year blues’ to the ‘seven year itch.’ It was incredibly rare to hear someone speak encouraging words to us about lifelong love and marriage. It was even rarer to hear the words “happiness” and marriage used in the same sentence.
But one day that all changed. Riding in a crowded elevator after the end of one of the sessions, with Keith’s arms wrapped around my shoulders and my head nestled in his chest, a woman observing our affection began doing what so many had done before her, “Hold on to that. It won’t last long…” But before she could finish her less-than-positive statement, a minister also riding in the elevator added her two cents: “Happiness is a choice. My husband and I have been married 29 years and we have chosen to be happy. Every morning when we wake up we choose to enjoy our day with each other. We choose to be happy.” With that, she looked Keith and I square in the eyes and said, “Choose to be happy and it will last.”
To this day, that is the best piece of marriage advice we’ve ever received. After that day, Keith and I made a conscious decision to never again listen to the negativity spoken about marriage. We would always be beacons of light. That was nearly eight years ago, and to this day, we wake up every morning and Choose Happiness. What about you? Have you made that choice? If not, you don’t know what you’re missing.
Thanks, Lori, for allowing me to guest blog for The Generous Wife. It has been my honor.
Thank you, Fawn, for being an encouragement to wives. We all need to be reminded that much of life is a choice, including how we see our marriage. We can choose to be marriage positive. Thank you also for allowing me to be a guest author on your blog. PEER PRESSURE … the good kind.
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