January is a great time to start thinking about your marriage and how you can love your spouse in 2017. Today on ‘Celebrating Love’ I have Abbey of Small Town Soul sharing 3 tips to help you celebrate love in a new and changing year.
As crazy as it sounds, we’re already two weeks into 2017! 2016 seemed to fly by, but with a wedding, buying a house, and expecting a baby, I guess that’s not too surprising! 2017 promises to bring lots of new adventures, the greatest of which will be the birth of our little girl in April. But for just a moment, I want to set that aside and focus on marriage. Each year in a marriage is special and unique, and getting caught up in the change of a new year is far too easy. We get stressed about finances, focused on decisions that we have to make, and we forget about celebrating the fact that we have another year to love each other. Then, we miss out on some of the sweetest moments of our marriage. In 2017, let’s commit to celebrating love throughout the changes of a new year.
Make Your Spouse Feel Special
Expecting a baby is one of the greatest changes that a family can experience, but it can easily distract us from loving each other. The same goes for other exciting changes like getting a promotion, moving to a new town, or even just adopting a puppy! One of my favorite ways to celebrate love is simply by making my husband feel special. That might mean watching his favorite movie, baking him a pecan pie, or just taking out the trash so he doesn’t have to. If you’re having trouble celebrating love this new year, start here. Do something for your spouse that shows them how much you love and appreciate them. It will make the good changes even better and the hard changes a little bit easier to go through.
When my husband and I are going through a difficult season of change, our first response is not always to pray. It’s frequently to worry and to rely on each other more than God. But what we’ve learned is that when we set aside a special time of prayer, even just 15 minutes one evening before we go to bed, and we meet with God, our hearts are lifted and encouraged, and we feel a deeper love for God and for each other. Sometimes, the situation that we are in even improves after we pray. But even when it doesn’t, God fills our hearts with His peace and with a renewed love. All of the changes that a new year can bring, the good and the bad, are handled best in prayer.
Focus On The Good
Some years are really rough; I think we can all admit to that. We lose friends and family members, we take a loss in income, we’re forced into an uncomfortable situation, and the list can go on and on. All of those things can hurt a marriage, but what hurts a marriage the most is choosing to focus on those negative things. Instead, we need to focus on the good. James 1:17 says, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” God’s love for us does not change, even in the hard times. When the new year brings new changes that you wouldn’t have made yourself, choose to focus on the good and celebrate the love of God and the love of your spouse. Your attitude can change many things for the better.
I hope that you’ll join with me in celebrating love this new year. The changes that are coming may be some of the best, like the birth of our baby girl, or some of the worst that you’ve experienced. But no matter what comes, you can choose to celebrate love. After all, that is God’s heart for us: “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” (John 13:34)
Hey y’all! I’m Abbey! I blog over at Small Town Soul, where I focus on faith, healthy living, budgeting, marriage, and family. I’m newly married to my best friend and we live in a tiny Texas town. We are expecting our first child in April and couldn’t be more excited! I’m a servant to Christ, a wife and a homemaker, and a creative soul in many ways. Let’s be friends on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest!