Marriage and Family

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“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23

Carpet goes in today! No more ugly spots! No more walking on plywood floors! No more trying to avoid the tack strips left from the old carpet!

Last evening, after Rebecca and I worked on getting the house ready for the floor covering installers, we sat down to eat and watched a favorite show together.

The parents on the show were always fighting and finally the mom told the son that dad was going to leave them. The boy asked the father why he was going to leave, why they were going to get divorced, to which the father replied, “A lot of little things have added up to make big things.” Apparently, they have been brushing things under the rug for quite some time.

Human beings tend to brush things under the rug. The problem is, if we brush it under the rug it is sure to surface sometime! If we allow little things to go unchecked and not dealt with, they start to seem like big things that are insurmountable.

It’s the everyday little things that will build or destroy your relationship

Can you imagine what your marriage would look and feel like if the fruit of the Spirit above was practiced toward each other?

Instead of little actions that are unloving, be intentional to act loving.

Instead of little comments that steal joy and peace, make comments that give joy and life.

Instead of little attitudes of irritation or annoyance, make yourself have patience toward your spouse.

You get the picture!

These statements are easy to say, not as easily practiced. The only way to have a lasting practice of the fruit of the Spirit toward our spouse is to keep our eyes on the Spirit.

Well, I’ve got some work to do! How about you?

Now that we will have carpet in our new house, we can make sure NOT to brush things under the rug!

Have a Great Week!

Marriage Scripture

Ephesians 5:22-33