Monday, November 19, 2012

The Forever Marriage

Good Housekeeping, June 1902

Ideally, a marriage will last "until death do us part," as the vow is stated at the altar. This is a sacred promise we must strive to keep until the very end.   However, we are aware of difficult circumstances in today's culture.  There is rampant adultery, financial strain, easy divorce, and wives are being abandoned by husbands who want out.  It is not easy to stand committed to a "forever" marriage.

Marriage and Home are like a romance. We wives cultivate and bring beauty on a daily basis. We are like the angels of light and warmth and holy love.  We do this daily and we don't give up.  We do this regardless of any reward or appreciation. 

A Wife and  Homemaker,  has a duty to keep home and marriage a happy place, despite trials, sadness, anger and troubles.  It takes courage and a tremendous amount of behind-the-scenes work. 

The life-long marriages happen because of labor and effort.  One of the secrets is daily, moment-by-moment forgiveness. Be merciful, be slow to anger. . .  and forgive

 It is about working to make home and marriage lovely; making it a sanctuary and a haven. 

The following is a list of articles, stories, and ideas to help in this journey. (These are gathered from this blog, and were written by Mrs. White.)  The advice is designed for the Old Fashioned, Christian Housewife:

Not Happily Married

Forgotten Kindness in Marriage

Getting Along in Marriage

Marriage - When Groceries are the Presents

The Godly Home, Marriage, and Family

The Old Time Housewife

Bossy Wives

Recording the History of a Family

Cooking for Mister

A Wife Who Does Not Complain

When Couples Dream

The Good Wife

Trials in the Kitchen

What I Learned from My Husband's Weariness

Are You Still Tricking Your Wife?

The Wife's Job at Home - Doing My Part

A Mother's Touch

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Becoming a Woman of Excellence said...

'We are like the angels of light and warmth and holy love', what a beautiful expression.

Mrs Sarah Coller said...

"His house she enters, there to be a light" I love that! AND...once she enters, it becomes a home!

Thank you for gathering these articles into one place...I'm looking forward to going through them.

Blessings on your day!
Mrs. Sarah Coller

Deanna said...

Sweet Blessings to you, Mrs. White.
May you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Your post is beautiful!

Marriage can be a beautiful thing. God hates divorce and I can see why. I am grieving that my daughter in law has filed for divorce. She wants out of the marriage and released from our Christian Family. God knows her heart and I am grieving. Praying through.

Even with what is happening around me, I desire to ignite my home with a place to be at home for my husband and family. I must.

God bless,
d on the prairie

Barbara Croce said...

The life-long marriages happen because of labor and effort. One of the secrets is daily, moment-by-moment forgiveness.
I love this! So true. 32 years and going on strong by the grace of God!

LeAnn said...

I always love reading your thoughts on marriage, family and home.
I too believe in a forever love and you do have to work to keep the home fires buring.
Wishing you a very delightful Thanksgiving and blessings to you.

Anonymous said...

My husband and I have been married 18 years with 5 children. Ages 17, 14, 13, 8, and 2. I often get the comment that they can't all be ours.....together?? As if that were impossible. I suppose it is rare. Such a shame how families aren't staying together. We work at it and the best quote I heard recently about how to make a long marriage was " We stayed when we wanted to leave". How profound.

Anonymous said...

I just finished reading your post entitiled "The Wife's Job at Home- Doing My Part". I like how you summarized what our response to our own reluctance to this job or that should be: "do it anyway." Ah, yes. I can't count the number of times I've had to give myself a stern talking-to that way, when it came to somthing I was avoiding doing! I am happy to see I'm not the only woman who tried to rationalize her inactivity in a selfish moment....and who came out victorious over those feelings by the application of duty. It's not a popular concept, is it?...but it's saved the day around here more than once, I'll tell ya!


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