Five Easy Steps to Improving your Marriage

This Valentine's Day, as we celebrate with loved ones, family and/or friends, we come together to celebrate love. But what is love exactly? Do you feel as though your marriage needs some more lovin'? Or even feel that you are doing well with love in your marriage?

Every marriage can always improve and not only on this Valentine's Day, but throughout the year. In today's blog, our contributor writer describes easy steps to improve your marriage from this day forward. I believe marriage is a constant learning experience. I've learned and am learning every day about my husband. Even though we have been together 19 years, we always want to improve our marriage. Here are a few steps you can take to improve your marriage:

1) Be in the word – intentional time with GOD!
I have learned some life changing things while being in the word of GOD: it fills me up with peace of mind, it has taught me to be loving towards my husband and to forgive him and respect him.
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12 NIV)

2) Be intentional making time with your spouse.
Date nights are my absolute favorite! It allows my husband and I an opportunity to get to know each other, learn about each other, discuss new interest  and we court each other once more. In these moments you can plan your future, set goals and celebrate accomplishments.

3) Pray as a couple.
Nothing is more romantic than a man who prays for his wife and vise versa. It allows you to hear each other's heart for God and one other. Praying is so intimate and special when shared as a couple.
“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” (Matthew 18:19-20 NIV)

4) Serve/volunteer as a couple. Make time to help out at church, local shelter or community service. In these moments it allows you to think of other things besides yourself or your current worries.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10 NIV)

5) Make time for personal relaxation and reflection. 
Spending time with your spouse is great, however, personal time to unwind can be beneficial to you both. I love to run, my husband loves to play soccer. When we can, we schedule these activities at the same time. These activities help us decompress.

Have you ever surrendered your marriage to God? Marriage is a true reflection of your relationship with Jesus Christ, it is the best place to display your Christ likeness. If you haven't, join me in praying this:
Lord God, I am weak. I need you in my marriage. I accept Jesus as Lord and savior! I want to live the life you created me to live. I want my marriage to display your grace. Restore my marriage, heal us and make us a reflection is your son Jesus in his beautiful name I pray! Amen!

May the Lord guide and lead you in this blessing called marriage.
Cynthia G & Liz G

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