Thursday, January 24, 2013

Marriage Monday is Coming!

Topic: Commitment in Christian Marriage

Hello! You're invited to join us this Monday (January 28, 2013). Here's another opportunity learn from each another about our most important human relationship: marriage. Unfortunately, in our culture, divorce has become the default option when the going gets really tough.

Sister, let's dig deeply on this one. While divorce is not the "unpardonable sin," the experts say there are numerous down sides to splitting up the family unit. Search your heart, the Scriptures, and tell us why you've decided to honor your marriage commitment, no matter what.

The old saying "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" has never been more appropriate. Thinking and writing about commitment today just might keep your marriage outside the danger zone at some point in the future. 

Five writing prompts, in case you need them:

1. Q4U: What's the relationship between commitment and forgiveness?

2. Show us how HOPE undergirds your marriage commitment.

3. Discuss the research which shows how a couple's friends influences their marriage. For example, Christian couples who regularly fellowship with others in stable marriages also tend to stay together. (Sadly, the reverse is true as well.)

4. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? "It makes good sense to stay together for the sake of the children."

5. T or F? Married people tend to enjoy a higher standard of living, better mental and physical health, and live longer than single or divorced people.

6. Hindsight is always 20/20. If you are divorced (and have remarried), tell us what you wish you had done differently.

Love and blessings,


Nine Ways Writing About Marriage Changes Things

1. Writing about marriage changes how we think. It clarifies our feelings and encourages us to seek God's Truth. (All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching... 2 Tim 3:16)

2. Writing about marriage makes us wonder what the experts have to say. (With an abundance of counselors there is safety... Prov 11:14)

3. Writing about marriage causes us to reflect on our experience. It gives us the desire to teach others what we've learned. (Teach them to your children and your grandchildren... Deut 4:8-9)

4. Writing about marriage is a safe way to blow off steam. (Don't let the sun go down on your anger... Eph 4:26)

5. Writing about marriage helps us to remember that everyone makes mistakes. We can learn from them and move forward. (All have sinned... Rom 3:23)

6. Writing about marriage reminds us that there will always be areas in our marriage that need improvement. (The ear of the wise seeks knowledge... Prov 18:15)

7. Writing about marriage teaches us about self-control. Alone with the page, we discover we have the power to change the behavior of only one person: ourselves. (Fruit of the spirit is love, joy... and self-control. Gal 5:22-23)

8. Writing about marriage can be a form of prayer. Often, when we write about our problems, our spirit opens up to hear God's answers. (Ask, seek, knock... Matt 7:7)

9. Writing about marriage increases our gratitude for the life partner God has given us. (A good wife is from the Lord... Prov 19:14)

Photo: ThePugFather (Flickr)

Will you be here at Chrysalis on Monday?


Faith said...

I am DEFINITELY doing this MM this weekend!! I might have to post it sunday nite as I don't have time before work to boot up my laptop, etc. But if you want to, you could link my post up to your linky thingy. Or I can do it very late monday evening (Mondays are the busiest days in our at the school, home quick to prep dinner, to claire's school to pick her up from rehearsal, home quick to eat, then rush over to 2 ballet classes. we're finally home for good by 8:45 pm! But this is a topic that is very dear to my heart. and Dave's! :)

e-Mom said...

Faith: Awesome! How about if I add your post's link to the Linky for you? Can't wait to read your thoughts! Hugs, e-Mom :~D

TerriG said...

I'm in, I just scheduled my post!
Have a great weekend!

e-Mom said...

Terri G Aweseome! See you tomorrow. ღ

nice A said...

I really strongly agree with everything you said in this post. Just now, I mentioned in my post that Marriage Monday gives me time to reflect on my own marriage. MM has helped me a lot to grow. Thanks for this hosting this meme, e-Mom. I'm always blessed.

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