Here are two stories of marriage I love to share to you (excerpt from Bob and Debbie Gass article):
Story one: Debra K. Johnson writes: ‘My seven-year-old daughter wanted to take violin lessons, so I took her to a music store to rent an instrument. Hoping she would understand the importance of making a commitment to practice, I explained that lessons were expensive. I was willing to make the financial sacrifice if she promised to work hard. “There may be times you’ll feel like giving up,” I said, “but I want you to hang in there!” She nodded, understanding, then in her most serious voice she said, “It will be just like marriage, right, Mum?
Story two: A husband asked his wife, ‘Tell me, dear, have you ever been in love before?’ She thought for a moment and replied, ‘No, darling. I once respected a man for his great intelligence. I admired another one for his remarkable courage. And I was captivated by yet another for his good looks and charm. But with you, well, how else could I explain it, except love?
Have you been finding fault with your mate instead of remembering the qualities that attracted you to them? I used to but this year I resort to remember his lots of good qualities than dwelling on the few bads . Attitudes are like weeds, they spring up overnight and if you don’t deal with them they take over the whole garden. I won’t let let that happen! On times that I’m too busy to show love, or I react in anger, I remember these words: ‘Love is patient and kind. Love…does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged…Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance’ ( as found in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7).