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SOME THINGS TO DO FOR YOUR MARRIAGE
By Stan L. Caldwell

FIX YOURSELF UP FOR YOUR MATE:
Not long before my Dad died the local preacher stopped by the house early one morning.
He saw mother dressed and her face fixed and hair nice.
He remarked saying something like you sure are fixed up this morning.
She replied like this, I do that for Charles, he likes me to. Wives learn from Mom. Fix up for your husband!
If you were going out on a date with someone you wanted to impress would you look your worst. If you want your marriage to be good, fix up for your mate.

SMILE WITH AND FOR THEM:
"Rejoice with them that rejoice", Paul tells us. If you would have a happy marriage, rejoice with your mate.
Laugh at him when he's trying to be funny. It is sad when a mate can no longer laugh with his/her mate.
Nothing should thrill our mate more than a sincere smile at them.
When you were dating, before you were married what trilled you more than some attractive one smiling at you across the room.
Does it not still thrill you when your mate smiles at you? Don't let that die! Determine to rejoice with your mate.

WEEP WITH YOUR MATE:
Weep with those who weep. We have our own problems and at times we don't want to hear our mate, so we shut them out.
They may just need to unload on someone. Realize their need, think about them and listen.
You might be able to help or it may just help for them to get it off their chest. Don't we all need this from time to time? If they have a loss, it should be your loss as well.

GIVE THEM THEIR SPACE:
Don't smother them. It is possible to be hovering over our mate so much that they can hardly breathe. We all need time alone.
We all need time to get our own thoughts together without someone telling us what to think or do. Men or women can smother their mate.
Remember when your parents told you every move to make. Rebellion can set in if we push too hard. Be mindful of your mate's feelings and need to be a person.

LOVE AND HELP THEM TO BE GOOD:
Stand for righteousness. Care for their goodness. Always do what is best for them.
A hug, a kiss, a pat on the back, holding hands, sexuality, etc., may be just what they need.
Always, above all, be mindful of their standing before God and sacrifice whatever needs to be sacrificed to help them spiritually. Love them that much.
Don't let them be lost eternally for your few days of joy on earth. Always do what is right! Be good!

THINK GOOD THOUGHTS OF THEM:
Too often we think the worst of our mate. We emphasize their shortcomings for we know them better than anyone.
We know where their buttons are and we can push them at any time. We can cut them to the quick when we feel like it. How sad some dwell on those things!
Think good things. Build up your mate. Exalt their good points and seek to help them overcome their short comings.
You know their good points better than anyone else does as well. Constantly look for those things and praise them for them.
Push these buttons and your marriage will brighten in your heart and your mate's!

Do for your mate!

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