25 for 25

Yesterday was my parent’s 25th wedding anniversary and so I thought it would be fun to come up with 25 things I have learned from them about marriage. They have been one of the biggest demonstrations of God’s love, grace and Truth to me – so here’s to you, mom and dad!

  1. God comes first and remains at the center of your relationship
  2. If you make your spouse your “god” your world will fall apart when they fail you
  3. True love is sacrificial love (1 John 3:16)
  4. No matter how “right” you think (or know) you are, it is usually better to listen
  5. Don’t ever assume – always ask first
  6. Buy flowers “just because”
  7. Growth takes time and lots of hard work together, but God makes everything glorious in His time
  8. Learning to laugh at yourself (in good heart) is therapeutic
  9. Never walk away from a fight; patience and understanding are key in confrontation
  10. Have fun – remember the child inside and play every once in a while
  11. Pleasing people is not your job; conversely, letting people down is not the end of the world
  12. Say you’re sorry, admit that you were wrong and seek their forgiveness. Always.
  13. Marry your best friend
  14. Understanding how you both operate is crucial to success in marriage
  15. Stepping out in faith is always the right decision
  16. Sometimes you take one for the team and sometimes you let your team take one for you
  17. Creating community in a family takes effort, grace and a lot of trial-and-error
  18. Each person enters a relationship with their own “garbage” and true intimacy can only happen when you’re both willing to sort through it together and get rid of it
  19. God is the best counselor, healer and mediator
  20. If you’re cranky and irritable you need to go spend more time with the Lord 🙂
  21. Life is precious and sacred; remind others how much you appreciate them and how special they are
  22. Love others lavishly, as God loved us. We know what love is because He first loved us (1 John 4:19)
  23. You may have to “go to hell and back again” multiple times but it is worth it – they are worth it
  24. Life is an adventure and we’re not home yet
  25. The closer you get to God, the closer you get to the other person

Thank you, mom and dad, for showing me what a Christ-centered relationship looks like and for 25 years of hard work learning how to be the best parents ever. I thank God for blessing me with both of you and I love you more than I can say.

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2 thoughts on “25 for 25

  1. Susan Wallis on said:

    God is so good! Glad we taught you some good stuff along with the bad! I really loved 20 luaghed for a while because it is so true!!!!
    Love you!
    Jer 29:11

  2. Susan Wallis on said:

    I really do know how to spell laughed.

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