There are some patterns in marriage that are good, and there are some patterns in marriage that are bad. One bad pattern we used to have was slurpees… like all the time, haha. Okay that’s kind of a joke because being slightly addicted to slurpees probably won’t end your marriage. Butttt, being slightly addicted to nagging … well that could.
I think if I’m to generalize how to have a successful marriage, the biggest thing I’ve learned that you can do is pay attention to the patterns – then reinforce the good ones and reshape the bad ones. Bad patterns detract you from your marriage. Neglect, selfishness, nit-picking, discontentment, making assumptions, bad communication, not budgeting, passive aggression, not asking forgiveness and not forgiving, assuming you’re not part of the problem(s)…
Good patterns attract you to your marriage. Thankfulness, affirmation, confession, prayer, playing, boundaries, budgeting, being slow to speak and quick to listen, encouragement, knowing you are each equal parts of the problem(s) and the solution(s).
Good patterns will honor your marriage, and when you honor your marriage, you’re working to build a marriage that will last! Here are 3 easy ways that your nightstand can help you honor your marriage and build good patterns into your relationship with your husband that will attract you to your marriage!
And that’s 3 ways your nightstand can honor your marriage! I feel like this could be a mini-series of posts! Ideas: Ways Your Refrigerator Can Honor Your Marriage, Ways Your Back Yard Can Honor Your Marriage, Ways Your Closet Can Honor Your Marriage…. what do you think? Comment below if you think this should be a series and give me your idea on what might be fun to read about!