How To See Married Life As A Joy Not A Ball And Chain

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Married life is not always viewed in such a positive light these days.  You know, there’s always that old joke about marriage being the ball and chain.  At least one person at the wedding shower gives the advice that couples must live it up before the marriage vows are spoken.  Yet, married life can be one of the greatest joys in life – if we let it.

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Jesus came so that we could have life more abundantly.  That same God designed marriage as a great thing.  Shouldn’t we be living life abundantly through our marriages too? I’m asking.  Not an assignment we must trudge through. Not an end to happiness as we know it.

Yes, things will definitely change when we say, “I do.”  Yes, it is tough to learn how to live with another human and become one.   We’ve lived our entire lives basically thinking only of ourselves to this point.  Married life can be an amazing joy when we perceive it in the light of how God intended.  Marriage is a clear picture of our relationship with God.

Joys of Married Life

Here are just seven benefits of being married.  Of course, these only scratch the surface of the joys of spending life with your husband.

The best moments are shared

Part of being one with your spouse is sharing the best joys of this world – together.  How about that special tourist spot that you can’t forget about and he can’t either because you experienced it together.  Or how about that monumental change in your lives like moving away from your hometown that only he understands because he lived through it too.  These …..

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Read the rest of How Being Married Can Be a Joy – not a Burden over at Million Ways to Mother.  I pray that it’s a blessing to you!


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  1. August 1, 2016 / 1:48 pm

    I agree. I love being married to my best friend. We have been together over 30 years. Of course there are ups and downs but getting thru them makes the relationship stronger. I am thrilled to have met you via Retirizing.

  2. August 25, 2016 / 7:59 am

    It’s often not easy, but the benefits far outweigh the struggles – and hey, we were MADE for relationships!

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