Welcome back to Marriage Monday! I'm so glad you've joined me as we focus on strengthening and promoting godly marriages, both in our nation and in our own backyards. If you missed last week's post, you can read it here.
During this Very Busy Holiday Season (which I simply cannot believe is here again!), I've decided to make my to-do list a bit more manageable by revisiting some of my earlier Marriage Monday posts. So, here is one of my favorites from the archives:
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
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