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Ten lessons I’ve learned from my husband

Sally - Us sunglassesHave you ever noticed that a search on marriage quotes ends up with almost exclusively negative quotations? There are a lot of unhappy and discontent people out there in the world. Usually when I write about husbands and wives, how much I love my husband, the bliss of married life, or anything related to those topics, I receive at least a few responses that basically lean toward the idea that it is ‘easy’ for me because (you name whatever you think is more perfect about my life here). After 21.5 (since 1991) years of marriage, I can honestly say that I still believe in love and I am so utterly thankful for the blessing of our marriage.

I am convinced that our foundation in Christ is at the heart of our beautiful marriage. I believe that my husband is perfect for me and that if we’ve done one thing right in the past two decades it’s been how we’ve loved one another! I know when he looks at me that he is crazy about me and I am still weak at the knees over him. Yet, don’t mistake that for perfection. Don’t assume simplicity. Don’t imagine that marriage has to be perfect to be wonderful. We are two imperfect people, well aware of one another’s imperfections!

Let me tell you something that you may not know about us. While we love one another deeply and passionately, we don’t agree about everything. Yet, sometimes we vehemently disagree. When you take two people with strong convictions and throw in some controversial topics and 24/7 living together, you will rarely find complete agreement, but you can still find peace and harmony. You can still find love and happiness.

There really isn’t one part of our life together that’s the best part. It seems like everything is the best thing–the wonder of happy times, shared joy, the sacredness of intimacy, precious memories, the vision of our children overcoming the worst of us and blossoming in the best of us.

What about those struggles and disagreements? They are the best thing, too. They make us rich in life lessons. I am richer because of our disagreements because they are often when I learn the most! Some of them are lessons that we find in other places (i.e. God’s word), but they are lessons that I’ve required lots of good examples and help to *really* learn.

Here are some of the lessons I’ve learned from my husband:

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