Monday, April 25, 2011

Marriage Mondays ~ Is it this Simple?

I love simple fixes: Magic erasers, duct tape, cooking spray, lipstick ... :) It's good to have simple plans that are sure to do a job. When there's a problem to deal with, I like to cut through the excess and get to the answer that will make a difference. Can you relate?

Marriage is full of surprises and moments of inadequacy, but there's a passage in scripture that gives us a simple plan for what meets needs in marriage. Can it really be so simple? It's a great place to begin or to return, depending on where you're at in the miracle of two becoming one. As part of our month of studying Ephesians, I shared about this passage Friday on Scripture Dig, and I want to pass it on to you today as a reminder of a simple plan for marriage.

We were on our honeymoon when we fell into what Dr. Emerson Eggerichs calls the “Crazy Cycle” between a husband and wife. Jeff had worked hard to save, so we could indulge in special treats, but I was worried about spending what I thought might be our last two nickels. Before we knew it, he felt disrespected by his young bride, and I felt unloved by my tarnished Prince Charming. In Love and Respect Dr. Eggerichs says, “Without love, she reacts without respect. Without respect, he reacts without love.”

Perhaps our very nature prompts God to narrow down the key to sweet marriage with a single focus for each in 3 verses to wives and 9 verses to husbands. Husbands are to ... READ THE REST

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