Why You Should Give Up On Your Marriage | The Strange Thing That Happened The Day I Decided To Give Up On My Marriage

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Why You Should Give Up On Your Marriage | The Strange Thing That Happened The Day I Decided To Give Up On My Marriage.



Today, I asked a little girl, “What is love?”She responded, “Love is not giving up on someone even when you want to.” Her wisdom, stunned me. See, first, I didn’t expect such an insightful response from a child and secondly, today, I was thinking of leaving my wife and giving up on my marriage.


After years of feeling unloved, disrespected and unappreciated, today, I just felt like hanging up my gloves. The unrequited love and one sided affection had finally gotten to me.
I was exhausted from giving my all and getting nothing back.My marriage felt like an empty shell. Most days I couldn’t recognize the woman beside me. She rarely ever spoke to me. Preferring the company of her friends over me. And when I tried speaking to her, most times it felt like she was deaf.



Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants you have perfected praise Matthew 21_16 Bible Verse Social Media Square Image
Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants you have perfected praise Matthew 21_16 Bible Verse Social Media Square Image


After years of endless fights, arguments and a situation that felt like it would never improve, I was ready to hang up my boots and throw in the towel. I just felt weary, exhausted and burdened.


But on my way home today, rehearsing the speech I was going to give my wife, and making plans about what to do next etc, I chose to stop by the park to meditate and just spend time with my thoughts. At the park, with the sun out, after days of endless rain, I met a beautiful little girl playing.
I decided to chat her up since I had the time. And at the end of our short tit a tat, is when I asked her the big question, “What is love?”
Her response, “Love is not giving up on someone even when you want to,” sounded like a message from Jesus to me.


Indeed this scripture is true:
And Jesus said to them, “Yes. Have you never read, Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants you have perfected praise?” Matthew 21:16


I thought long and hard about her answer. As I was thinking, something strange started happening. My previously hardened heart, due to the pain I had gone through over the years started to soften.
I started remembering that I had promised to be with my wife for eternity. We were going to heaven together. We were going to do life together. And yet somewhere in the middle of the journey I wanted out?



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Thinking further about my dilemma, I realized this was a challenge too big for me to handle. I couldn’t change my wife. Lord knows I had tried for years. But then I also remembered that there was someone bigger and greater than me. Jesus Christ! I remembered that Jesus changes people. Jesus is the greatest behavioral therapist of all time. So, instead of trying to change my wife, me or my marriage, I figured I might just as well try giving the challenge to Jesus.


Yes, I was giving up on my marriage. But I was giving up my marriage to Jesus. Yes, I was finally throwing in the towel. I was finally allowing him to take charge, allowing him to lead the way. Allowing him to teach me and my wife what marriage was all about.



Take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves Matthew 11_29 Bible Verse Social Media Square Image


And so, while I sat in the park, still wowed by the insightfulness of this little angel, I decided to say a prayer. I decided to surrender and give up my marriage to Jesus and that is when another strange thing happened.
After my rather short prayer, I didn’t feel like leaving my wife anymore. Suddenly hope started bubbling in my heart that was once full of despair. Jesus was going to take care of my marriage, me and wife.


As I kept contemplating on these strange occurrences, thoughts and feelings, the deep, gnawing wounds in my heart started healing. The exhaustion and weariness I had felt for years started lifting. Suddenly these words came alive.



“Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30



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Questions And Answers About Wedding Ceremonies

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Questions And Answers About Wedding Ceremonies.


What is the purpose of a wedding?

But it’s the third purpose of a wedding that is the most valuable of the three. It’s to provide a ceremony of spoken promises. Before God and witnesses, a bride and groom recite their vows to each other.

Marriage Builders

Why is it important to have a wedding ceremony?

It’s a declaration to the whole world of your unquestionable affection to your spouse. Building a great home starts with choosing your partner for life. And this is officiated in a ceremony called wedding. A marriage rite is important because it binds you to a lifetime commitment.

Nice Timer




Why is it important to marry?

Marriage is the beginning—the beginning of the family—and is a life-long commitment [Tweet This]. It also provides an opportunity to grow in selflessness as you serve your wife and children. Marriage is more than a physical union; it is also a spiritual and emotional union.

All Pro Dad

What does white wedding mean?

white wedding is a traditional formal or semi-formal wedding originating in Great Britain. The term originates from the white colour of the wedding dress, which first became popular with Victorian era elites after Queen Victoria wore a white lace dress at her wedding.

Wikipedia 

What is a traditional wedding?

wedding is a ceremony where two people are united in marriageWeddingtraditions and customs vary greatly between cultures, ethnic groups, religions, countries, and social classes. … Special wedding garments are often worn, and the ceremony is sometimes followed by a wedding reception.

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What is a typical traditional African wedding?

traditional wedding is a last step after lobola negotiations have been finalised. This kind of wedding involves different cultures. Sometimes traditional weddingscan be between two different cultures, so those cultures will be represented on that day although the bride will end up following her husband’s culture.

Ulwazi

What do you pray for in a marriage?

Pray for one another. …
Pray for this day (today). …
Pray to be the presence of Christ in your marriage. …
Pray that your marriage will be a positive influence on others. …
Pray for your partner’s dreams. …
Pray for your children. …
Pray that you will be a better husband.

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What is the blessing of the marriage?

Blessing of the Marriage. The Blessing of the Marriage is the conclusion to a wedding ceremony and comes just before the bride and groom are pronounced husband and wife.

Officiant Eric




Who says vows first bride or groom?

Traditionally all of them have the Groom say his vows first, followed in turn by the Bride. In some cases the couple may choose to say them in unison to each other. Usually the couple will face each other and join hands for their vows. There are advantages and disadvantages for each kind of vow.

Chicago Marriage 

How long does a wedding ceremony last?

So how long should your wedding ceremony be? Here’s what our experts have to say. Wedding ceremonies usually last between 20 and 30 minutes, which is ample time to cover the basics (words of welcome, a few readings, your vows, the ring exchange, and the final pronouncement).

Brides

How do I plan a wedding?

Start a wedding folder or binder. …
Work out your budget. …
Pick your wedding party. …
Start the guest list. …
Hire a planner, if desired. …
Reserve your date and venues. …
Book your officiant.
Research photographers, bands, florists, and caterers.

Real Simple




Who walks in first at a wedding?

The maid or matron of honor walks alone. The ring bearer walks alone, followed by the flower girl, or the children can walk together. The bride and her father proceed, with the bride on her father’s right arm.

Bridal Guide 

Who walks down the aisle before the bride?

Bridesmaids may enter one by one or accompanied by the groomsmen, in pairs, arm-in-arm style. Maid or matron of honor walk down the aisle and take their place on the altar, right next to the bride. Next come the ring bearer with the ring and flower girl(s) with flower baskets. Last is the bride.

Ever After Guide 

What happens after the wedding ceremony?

The Cocktail Hour. After being pronounced husband and wife, you’re often the first to leave the wedding ceremony, heading off (with photographer in tow) for pictures together before the partying gets under way. Your guests will head to the reception site for cocktails.

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How long is the average wedding reception?

How long each event lasts depends on your party—is it a simple cocktail wedding reception or a seated dinner? (The average reception with full meal lasts for about four hours.)

The Knot 

Who pays for the wedding rings?

The groom is traditionally expected to pay for the marriage license and officiant’s fees, and buy the bouquet for his “date” (the bride), as well as her engagement and wedding rings and a gift; he should also purchase boutonnieres and gifts for his groomsmen.

Martha Stewart 

Who is invited to the rehearsal dinner?

The rehearsal dinner guest list can include just the two of you, your immediate families, the wedding party, and the officiant and his spouse. Or, it can be a larger event, including all the out-of-town guests (or at least all those who will have already arrived in town for the wedding).

The Knot 

Who pays for the rehearsal dinner at a wedding?

Traditionally, the groom’s parents are the hosts of the rehearsal dinner, since the bride’s family customarily pays for the wedding. But given the more relaxed standards of modern times, other relatives, close friends, or even the couple themselves can plan and pay for the event.

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Who pays for what at a wedding?

Bride and family pay for floral arrangements for the ceremony (including a chuppah if it’s a Jewish wedding ceremony) and reception, plus bouquets and corsages for bridesmaids and flower girls. Groom and family pay for the bride’s bouquet, boutonnieres for men and corsages for mothers and grandmothers.

The Knot

What does the groom’s parents pay for?

A: Traditionally, the parents of the groom take care of a few of the expensesincluding: the marriage license, officiant’s fee, corsages, boutonnieres, the bride’s bouquet, groomsmen gifts, liquor, and the reception DJ, band or other musical entertainment. And the bride’s parents pay for everything else.

The Knot

Who pays for the honeymoon?

Traditionally, the groom and the groom’s family pay for the honeymoon, but in this day and age the traditional rules don‘t apply. I often see the parents of both the bride and the groom paying for the wedding and allowing the couple the freedom to organize and pay for their honeymoon together.

Huffington Post

What do I wear to a wedding?

Don’t wear white… …or off-white, or really, really pale blue. …
Leave the sweats at home. …
Denim = no. …
Say bye to shorts, guys. …
Cover your shoulders when applicable. …
Cargo pants are not OK. …
Don’t go against the dress code. …
Rips and holes, even intentional ones, do not belong.

Cosmopolitan 

How can I send good wishes for a marriage anniversary?

“Wishing a perfect pair a perfectly happy day.”
“Here’s to another year of being great together!”
“Anniversary cheers!”
“Happy [21st] anniversary, you old lovebirds!”
“Hope you find time to look back on all your sweet memories together.”
“Always knew you two had something special.”

Ideas 


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How To Become A Better Husband – Blog Of The Day

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With the high divorce and separation rates in our world  and many wives lamenting about how unloved and uncared for they feel, it seems like many husbands today need some education on how to be better husbands and how to love their wives.

Most literature out there is about how women can treat their husbands better. A cursory look at many pinterest boards and most are filled with advice on how women can be better wives but very little on how men can be better husbands.

Paul, the apostle encouraged husbands to love their wives, the same way that Jesus loved the church.

“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her with the washing of water by the word.”

Ephesians 5:25-26

There has been a lot of debate in regards to this, as earlier in the chapter, Paul also encourages wives to submit to  their husbands.

“Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. 24 Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.”

Ephesians 5:22-24

Unfortunately, some ungodly and unrighteous men have taken this verse and misused it to mistreat their wives.

In his blog series titled,  Becoming A Husband of No Reputation, Travis who blogs at Jesuslovesyou32 brilliantly explores the topic of being a great and godly husband. He masterfully delves into the topic and shares a lot of great insights.

If you are a married man who wants to become a better husband to your wife, and to improve your marriage, this is a must read series.

Becoming A Husband Of No Reputation (Part One Of Three) [Jesus] made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.Philippians 2:7-8, NKJV […]

via Becoming A Husband Of No Reputation (Part One Of Three) — My Beginning. My Forever.

Becoming A Husband of No Reputation (Part Two of Three) [Jesus] made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Philippians […]

via Becoming A Husband of No Reputation (Part Two of Three) — My Beginning. My Forever.

Becoming A Husband of No Reputation (Part Three of Three) [Jesus] made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Philippians […]

via Becoming A Husband of No Reputation (Part Three of Three)  — My Beginning. My Forever.

I hope you the insights that Travis has shared help men become better husbands and strengthen family structures for the glory of God.

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