Saturday, February 2, 2013

75 Ways to Bless Your Marriage

Valentine's Day is less than a couple weeks away. If you have been struggling in your relationship, this is a great time to evaluate some things that you can do on a regular basis to bless and strengthen your marriage. If you marriage is strong, there are always things that you can continue to do to maintain a successful and God-centered marriage.

The Bible gives us an amazing picture of what true and selfless love is and we should always be striving to achieve this in our relationship with our spouse.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (New International Version)
"4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."

Here are a few ideas that I came up with that you can do all year long to bless your marriage:

    1. Pray for each other
    2. Pray together
    3. Read the Bible together
    4. Do a daily/weekly devotional together
    5. Go to church together
    6. Spend 30 minutes of dedicated time together each day
    7. Go to bed at the same time
    8. Make lunch for your spouse
    9. Make a romantic candlelit dinner for your spouse
    10. Recite your vows together just because
    11. Renew your vows
    12. Surprise your spouse with their favorite treat
    13. Hang your favorite couple picture in your bedroom
    14. Laugh together often
    15. Kiss like you mean it
    16. Surprise your spouse by coming home from work early
    17. Put the kids to bed and give your spouse a break
    18. Take 10 minutes each evening to tell each other about your day
    19. Let your spouse sleep in
    20. Let your spouse take a nap
    21. Forgive each other
    22. Talk/Communicate
    23. Agree on how you are going to manage your finances
    24. Get and stay out of debt
    25. Have lunch together without the kids
    26. Have a non-negotiable monthly date night out
    27. Have a weekly in home date night (if you can't make it out of the house)
    28. Go on a vacation together at least once a year (even if it is one night)
    29. Recreate your first date
    30. Give your spouse a massage
    31. Get a couple's massage
    32. Take a bubble bath together
    33. Get busy...often
    34. Have a make out session
    35. Take a walk together
    36. Hold hands every chance you get
    37. Put your phones away, turn the T.V. off, and get off the computer
    38. Get up early and watch the sunrise together
    39. Make your spouse breakfast in bed
    40. Make coffee in the morning
    41. Make your spouse a special breakfast when they have an important day
    42. Send a sexy text
    43. Leave a sweet Facebook message
    44. Leave a sweet note on the fridge
    45. Call your spouse on the phone just to say you are thinking about them
    46. Stop what you are doing and listen when your spouse is talking
    47. Dress-up for your spouse just because
    48. Support your spouse's goals, dreams, and aspirations
    49. Bring your wife flowers
    50. Buy your husband a power tool (or anything he would appreciate)
    51. Write a letter of thanks to your spouse
    52. Complete one of your spouse's chores
    53. Look at your wedding album together and talk about your favorite memories
    54. Do something spontaneous
    55. Read His Needs, Her Needs: Building an Affair-Proof Marriage together
    56. Respect your spouse
    57. Say only good things about your spouse to others
    58. Play a game together
    59. Complete a household project together
    60. Cook a meal together
    61. Take a class together
    62. Make your bedroom a relaxing place to be (for us this means no kids)
    63. Have the house clean and dinner ready when your spouse comes home
    64. Send your spouse a complimenting text/email (or several) throughout the day
    65. Take care of the kids when your spouse is sick
    66. Ask what you can do for your spouse
    67. Give your spouse a night off to do what they enjoy
    68. Make a bucket list of things you want to do as a couple
    69. Encourage your spouse to pursue a hobby
    70. For her: Don't nag
    71. For him: Put the toilet seat down
    72. Get along with your in-laws
    73. Tell your spouse what a great parent they are and give examples
    74. Demonstrate to your children what a healthy marriage looks like so someday they can have one of their own
    75. Kiss, hug and say "I love you" every chance you get
What things do you do to bless your marriage? Please share your ideas in the comment section.

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