This does not speak to the prompt for this week, but it is something that I have been most reminded of in the last couple of weeks. One of the things that I love the most about Austin is his consistent pursuit to be better. He continually strives to be a better man, husband, son, friend, and employee. I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is not the same man he was a year ago, nor is he the man he will be a year from now. That kind of self-discipline and growth is very encouraging and challenging to me as his wife. He's pretty phenomenal.
As to the prompt itself, a few of the things that makes our marriage happy is our ability to laugh at ourselves and with each other, enjoying common interests, and shared experiences and memories.
One of the greatest joys in my life is Austin's ability to make a joke out of almost any situation. As someone who tends to take things overly seriously at times, he is so very good for me in this aspect. I also greatly appreciate that he does not take himself or mee too seriously. He has always been able to laugh at himself and has taught me to give myself the same courtesy :)
I am also tremendously thanful for the fact that we enjoy the same activities and diversions. We rarely disagree about what to watch on TV, or what music to listen to (not that a difference in opinion or taste is a bad thing), and we both have the same taste for unusual and adventurous experiences that add dimension and excitement to our lives.
These common tastes and interests make for some wonderful experiences and memories. In our short year and a half of marraige thus far we have already made some spectacular memories, and I cannot describe the elation I fell anticipating the next 50 or so years together! I praise the Lord every day for blessing me with such a well-rounded, exciting, fun-loving, sweetheart of a husband! I am truly a blessed, blessed girl!
Though with my limited marital experience, I do not exactly feel qualified to offer any profound advice that would be considered universal or earth-shattering, my "tip" for cultivating a happy marriage is this: Count your blessings! I know that sounds utterly simplistic, but I have found it to be so true in my own thought life, when I focus on the things that I do not have, it makes for a very sour and grumpy Katy, who is NOT a pleasant companion or co-worker, let alone wife; however, when I choose to dwell upon the myriad blesings in my life - especially in regard to my marriage, I am exponentially more pleasant to be around, not to mention happier and far more content with everything. Those are just my two cents :)
Let's be honest, there are parts of all of our marriages that are not as great as they could be. Our challenge for this week is to take ownership of what we contribute to the negative aspects of our relationships. Nothing we do can ever force our spouses to change - nothing - change can only happen by the grace of God, and in his timing. The only aspect that I have the power to change is the way that I respond to my husband, and the choices I make in regard to my responsibilities as a wife. :)
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