I think marriage is one of the toughest relationships and yet the most fulfilling relationships that two can have. Living with your best friend, being vulnerable, allowing another imperfect person so close to you can be very tough. But having someone to comfort you, encourage you, and help you when you cannot is an amazing flip-side of the coin. When talking to my mother-in-law about how we were “going to counseling” very early in our marriage, she stated that married couples should be in counseling for the first 5 years of marriage, at least! Looking back, I realize not only how right she was, but that we should be willing to go to counseling whenever needed for as long as it takes to learn to love the person the way they need, to respect each other, and to work out the disagreements from two different people coming from two different backgrounds trying to mold into one. But, as in all good things, it takes work!
“A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.” ~Proverbs 31:10-12
“Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.” ~Colossians 3:19
“Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.”That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.” ~Genesis 2:22-25