Saturday, September 14, 2013

10 Rules for a Happy Marriage

 First Anniversary
25th Anniversary

When we first married, someone gave us a wooden plaque listing 10 Rules for a Happy Marriage. Now we are coming up on 35 years together, a roller coaster ride for sure, and I'm just thankful to report that we are finally figuring out how to implement those rules. When I realized there was a Scripture for each "rule" I added that, too:

1. Never both be angry at the same time. (Proverbs 15:1)
2. Never yell at each other unless the house is on fire. (James 3:10)
3. If one of you has to win an argument, let it be your mate. (Romans 12:18)
4. If you must criticize, do it lovingly. (Galatians 6:1)
5. Never bring up mistakes of the past. (Ephesians 4:31-32)
6. Neglect the whole world rather than each other. (Ephesians 5:31, 33)
7. Never go to sleep with an argument unsettled. (Ephesians 4:26)
8. At least once every day say a kind or complimentary word. (Proverbs 25:11)
9. When you have done something wrong, admit it and ask for forgiveness. (I Peter 5:6)
10. Remember it takes two to make a quarrel. (Proverbs 26:20)

And don't forget this timeless advice: "Thou shalt not nag thy husband; hit him with thy frying pan: it is kindlier."