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Friday, February 14, 2020
Joyce Meyer: One Golden Rule for a Happy Marriage

If you bless your spouse constantly, you will have a happy marriage. (Photo by Scott Broome on Unsplash)
I think most people would agree that a good marriage isn't just going to "happen." It requires some give and take. And more than anything, the key to a having a great relationship is a commitment to do things God's way.

For example, one major way I've discovered I can improve my marriage is by having an attitude of giving, rather than getting. Our natural inclination is to focus on ourselves—what we want and how we can be happy. But Acts 20:35b (NIV) says, "It is more blessed to give than to receive."

If you enter marriage with the mindset that your spouse should make you happy all of the time, you're setting yourself up for disaster. However, if you instead focus on choosing to be a blessing to your spouse—if you set your mind on thinking about what you can do for them—then you'll not only strengthen your marriage, but you will also become truly happy.

I admit, I used to be an incredibly selfish person. To be honest, I just plain wanted my way, and I got upset when I didn't get it. In fact, I can still remember many mornings when I would lie in bed, thinking about how I was going to get Dave to do what I wanted him to do. I was wrapped up in myself, thinking all about what I wanted and what others could do for me. read more
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