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Preparing our Marriage for our Old Age - Issue 349
July 26, 2014
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This week we took my parents to the Bungle Bungles which is a unique part of our country. We camped for 3 nights, went for 2 walks in and around these incredible rock formations. It was a fun family time, always a delight to be in God’s creation. We have one more week of my parents visiting – it will be sad to see them head back east. I’ll share some photos over on my blog over the next few days. Between the 8 of us we have close to 2,000 photos to sort through! It is a beautiful place!
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Preparing our Marriage for our Old Age
Over the last few years Peter and I have considered what our marriage is going to be like, or rather what we are going to be like in our marriage, in years to come. One older lady said to us, to deal with stuff now, and to deal with it completely with the love and grace of Jesus, otherwise all sorts of stuff will come out when we are old and grey. We want to grow old graciously and we want our marriage to be loving, strong and generous.
What we do today will affect or shape our marriage in the future. Recently I was challenged with the question “Do I live for instant gratification, or do I live with my long term goals in mind?” This is a good question to ask in terms of our marriage.
Each time I react out of my frustration, disappointment, boredom or any other negative reaction, I am consolidating my habitual reactions to my husband. Conversely, every time I reign in my reaction, pause and consider my response, and carry on in a godly way, I consolidate healthy reactions to my husband and life situations. These healthy responses that I develop today will hold me in good stead in my future.
It is interesting that when you do a Google search for “preparing for a marriage in your old age” the responses are mostly about getting married, weddings or retirement! Our marriage is as strong as how we live together: how we face day to day life, how we handle relationship difficulties, how we grow to know each other more each year, our marriage is not defined by our wedding.
So here are some things that I’m thinking about; things that I think we’ll need in our marriage in our older age:
This list is starting to look like a list that I will give my children when they start to consider marriage, as there really isn't any special things we can do for our future. These are habits that will build a strong marriage today, and a strong marriage in the future.
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