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________________________________________________________________________34 Magnolia Street about faith, fashion, DIYs and how much I like to rearrange my furniture. The latter is a problem, but more on that another time. I am really stoked to be joining you and all the other ladies who have taken part in this Equally Yoked series so far. Cassie is a gem and this series has really warmed my heart.
I've been married for two and a half years to Jacob, who is now my most cherished friend and life partner. Marriage has been a huge opportunity for growth in both of us - there have been many thrilling, fabulous and love-filled moments, and there have also been self-centered, hurtful moments. That's what happens when you pair two people to adventure through a lifetime together. And all of it is good.
Back to New Year's Eve, though. Do you have plans? Many of you, I'm sure, will be gathering with friends or family to ring in this new year, full of clean slates, resolutions and excitement.
With all of those hopes for new slates and growth, I want to give you a challenge for 2015: speak highly of your spouse.
Does that sound easy to you? I think the timing of this post is so perfect because you're gathering with other people tonight. You're going to eat great food, maybe play some games, tell some jokes, and even laugh together! But what do you joke about?
My least favorite thing to see in the marriages around me is spouses who make their spouse the butt of their jokes. There's something to be said for teasing someone lovingly, but I stand very firmly on the side of speaking highly of my spouse. Ladies, it is so important to build your husband up in public. You know we have a way to put someone down while only "joking," but what good does that do for your relationship?
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. - Hebrews 10: 24-25
While the author in Hebrews isn't specifically speaking of marriage here, those words certainly apply. In all things consider how to stir your husband up to love and good works. Does airing his dirty laundry with your friends do that? Does pointing out his flaws while "only joking" at a party do that? I don't think it does.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. - Philippians 4:8
Ladies, I know marriage is hard sometimes. And if you have serious issues you need to work out, I implore you to seek counsel together or separately from a wise, Christ-seeking couple in your lives. But regardless of where you are in your marriage, I challenge you to seek to uplift your spouse and encourage him to love and good works in all you do. And that starts with how you speak about him in public.
Happy New Year, friends! I would love to hear from you! You can catch up with me via the social media links below, or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck with your 2015 Challenge! ;)