I opened the card and picked up my pen to scribble a congratulatory sentiment to the bride-to-be.
In the days ahead, there will be champagne toasts and presents. Each hour will joyfully brim over with planning and anticipation.
If only we could perpetually stay in the honeymoon phase with no bills to pay or pesky relatives to tame. If only our heart could race continually, rather than getting heartburn when the dinner conversation starts tasting lukewarm and monotonous.
How do you create a good marriage? I did a quick Google search and found some inspiration. Rather than plagiarize completely, I tweaked the wording and crafted a concoction uniquely my own. I scrawled a list of essential ingredients on the $2 Hallmark card, and then I paused to reflect.
Not good enough.
I decided to invite in a co-creator. “What makes a marriage good?” I asked my man as I held my pen mid-air in anticipation.
“Humility,” he responded.
That’s it. I added a final component and then sealed the card.
But, last night, the Creator of all things beautiful reminded me of a conversation I had with a co-worker just seven years ago.
“Make sure you dance in the kitchen,” she’d advised. At the time, I didn’t really understand her wisdom.
My mom-in-love knew better. At my wedding, I watched as my hubby swayed her back and forth as Lee Ann Womack sang “I Hope You Dance.”
You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger,
May you never take one single breath for granted,
GOD forbid love ever leave you empty handed,
I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean,
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens,
Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance,
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance.
Some days, I forget how to move with the music. The melody sounds dark and foreboding in my ears. I’d rather just stay in bed and have a good cry instead.
But, I must remember that I am alive by God’s grace today. My man is still beside me, and our toes are still tapping. That’s reason enough for a kitchen dance party.
As I get moving, I will find the right rhythm with my Jesus and my man on the floor.
Just call me Twinkle Toes. This girl is going to keep her dancing shoes on…
Recipe for a Happy Marriage
- 4 cups of Unconditional Love
- 3 cups of Respect and Understanding
- 3 cups of Authentic and Truthful Conversation
- 4 teaspoons of Laughter and Fun
- A pinch of Thoughtfulness and Tenderness
- A heap of PRAYER
- Season with Kitchen Dance Party spice
- Add Forgiveness, Patience, and an extra measure of Faith
- Sprinkle Unselfish Humility on top as needed
Blend all the ingredients together. Simmer until hot. Garnish with hugs and kisses. Don’t scrimp on the portions when serving.
Something to think about…
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