Valuing Your Marriage During the Holidays

November 21, 2012

in the generous life

Occasionally my husband will tweet a Generous Wife post from the archive. Well this post just got tweeted and is seeing some action, mostly because of the approaching holiday season.

Just a little holiday reminder …
Our marriage relationship is very important.  Yes, we need to love on and respect extended family, but not at the expense of our husband.

God is very clear – when we marry, we LEAVE our home of origin and CLEAVE to our spouse, creating a new family and home.  What that means practically is that we need to take into consideration what is good for our spouse.  We may need to stand up for our spouse with our family of origin, and we don’t ask our spouse to be someone they are not or treat them differently at family gatherings.

I realize that family expectations can be challenging during the holiday season, but I strongly encourage you to highly value your husband and your marriage during the coming holidays.

Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.  Genesis 2:24 NKJV

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Julie Sibert November 21, 2012 at 6:50 am

Couldn’t agree with you more Lori! I think it is sad that during the holidays, so many marriages become so stressed because couples lose sight of what it means to cleave to one another. Also sad is when it is the relatives who intentionally or manipulatively cause division between a couple.

At any rate, the more a couple can talk ahead of time about their need to stay relaxed and united, the better off visits with extended family can go.

Thanks for the great post! Very good reminders and very good encouragement, as always!

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Gaye November 21, 2012 at 1:17 pm

This is a good reminder. It amazes me that people don’t speak up in support of their spouse when he/she is criticized by parents, siblings or other relatives.

Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Gaye

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