June 4, 2009

Happy Anniversary

Written by Boyd Bailey

Happy Anniversary… “May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.” Proverbs 5:18

Anniversaries are happy in homes that are grateful for God initiating and blessing their life of adventure together. Christ brought them together in holy matrimony, and they have not wavered from this foundation of faith. Joy comes to couples that have an uncommon commitment compared to secular standards, and a common love as defined by the Bible. Indeed, remember why you married him or her, and a smile will cover your face.

Anniversaries are happy for the husband and wife who are content with the one they made a marriage covenant. There are no regrets, wishing they were with someone else, living somewhere else. On the contrary, they keep love alive by dating and still acting silly. How do you keep your marriage fresh? What are some ways to make your marriage anniversary romantic? “Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth— for your love is more delightful than wine” (Song of Songs 1:2). Romance ratchets up joy and happiness.

Anniversaries are a happy celebration for couples that gain satisfaction from serving their spouse as Jesus served. It is a focus of serving, rather than being served, that molds marriage into a mandate for happiness. Is your goal to out-serve your spouse? If so, you are on the relational road of respect and love. The countenance of a couple cared for glows in gratitude. Jesus said, “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them” (John 13:14, 17). Service brings out the Lord’s blessing.

Lastly, make a big deal out of your anniversary. Plan ahead to woo your wife with a pleasant surprise like a delightful dinner, flowers, chocolates or a day off from work, just to be with her. Shopping for clothes is always stellar. Maybe you take him to a concert or a hike in the woods. Look good, smell good and taste good for your man. Enjoy a happy anniversary because heaven has blessed your home. Your relationship is a beautiful reflection of your relationship with Jesus. There is joy where Jesus is honored. How can I express my love and appreciation for my spouse? What creative celebration can we enjoy? “My lover is mine and I am his…”(Song of Songs 2:16).

Related Readings: Deuteronomy 24:5; Ecclesiastes 9:9; 1 Corinthians 7:10-11; 1 Peter 3:7

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