Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Marriage Monday: Recipe for a Happy Marriage {Link up}

Marriage Mondays"

Welcome back to Marriage Monday! I apologize for being so late getting this post up!  I hope the old adage "Better late than never" still applies!  :)

I had a very busy weekend and I'm entering into an unusually busy week, and I just couldn't keep all the plates spinning . . . 

So, here is Tuesday's version of Marriage Monday!!  ;)

A few weeks ago, while in South Carolina helping my parents, I sat down with my Mom's Recipe book and started copying some of her recipes that I didn't already have.  While doing this, an interesting detail caught my eye.  Many of her recipes had notes in parentheses or in the margins saying things like, "Dave prefers less sour cream."  "Dave much prefers noodles to rice."  "This wasn't Dave's favorite."

These little notes stood out to me, because they clearly illustrated how my Mom had adapted her cooking through the years to please her husband.  It also convicted me of how many times I expect my husband to eat food the way I like it prepared, instead of going out of my way to prepare food to his liking.  Ouch!

My Mom applied the truths of Ephesians 5:22 in her marriage, from the big decisions of life right down to the dinner table.

"Wives, be subject (be submissive and adapt yourselves) to your own husbands as a service to the Lord."  (Amplified version)

I think this may illustrate why my parents recently celebrated 52 years of marriage and why my Dad came to truly know the Lord after rejecting Him for so many years.

"In like manner, you married women, be submissive to your own husbands (subordinate yourselves as being secondary to and dependent on them, and adapt yourselves to them) so that even if any do not obey the Word (of God), they may be won over not by discussion but by the (godly) lives of their wives." ~ 1 Peter 3:1 (Amplified version)

Most modern women reject these biblical truths as "old-fashioned," "out-dated," "oppressive to women," and "utterly ridiculous."  Yet, I don't see many of the women who angrily and boldly express these views in happy marriages.  Yes, there are some exceptions.  But God's ways work!  His Word is Timeless and True in every generation!

I observe many young women entering into marriage with the thought that "he will make me happy."  Such a marriage will be rocky from the start!  In reality, marriage involves dying to self and living to make the other person happy.  That is the secret ingredient in the recipe for a long lasting, satisfying marriage.

My precious parents, May 2010

Your Turn to Share:

How have you learned to adapt to your husband?  Do you agree that dying to self and learning to make your mate happy is the secret ingredient in a successful marriage?  Please share!

If you were blessed or encouraged by this post, please consider sharing it with your friends on Facebook or other social media sites.  Thank you!

Link up:

I'd love to have you link up your blog to mine!  Please link up any past or present posts related to Christian marriage.  Don't forget to link back to my blog!  Thanks!



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What Joy Is Mine said...

Elizabeth...oh, I absolutely love this post. I make notes in my recipe book but only recipe changes not preferences of my husband or family. What a wise mom you have. Thank you for sharing this at WJIM. Have a great week friend.

Sarah said...

Just found this blog - going to love reading it!

Elizabeth said...

Thank you Sarah and Naomi for the encouraging words!

Elizabeth said...

Thank you Sarah and Naomi for the encouraging words!

J-La-Sta said...

Yay for Christian Marriage blogs! God Bless! :)

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