In today’s episode of Creating Real Marriages that Last, Darrel and I discuss how to spiritually lead your children. I often say that children “catch” what you say much more often than they listen to what you actually tell them. You can’t teach them to become someone you’re not. You must be the example to your children. My dad taught Sunday School for over 40 years. Week after week, I watched him sit in his chair with his Bible in one hand and Sunday School quarterly in the other as he prepared to teach the lesson. That’s where I learned to love God’s Word. I saw that he was captivated by the Word and that made me want to study it too. You influence your children more than you realize.
In this episode of Creating Real Marriages that Last, Darrel and I discuss the reality of having to become a parent to your parents. Recently, I moved my mom closer to where I live. To say I moved her is an understatement; I drug her to Nashville. I don’t think she’s forgiven me yet. She may never forgive me. It’s been a challenging transition for the both of us. But I hear often that I’m not the only one going through this.
In today’s episode of Creating Real Marriages that Last, I talk about some of the most important decisions a couple needs to make at the very beginning of marriage. The first few years are for establishing patterns and deciding how you will handle things in the future. This should include creating a budget, deciding how you’ll handle holidays with family, and learning how to fight fair so you resolve issues in a healthy way. Spiritually speaking, it’s crucial for a couple to get connected to a local church. It’s also important to begin spending time together in prayer and the study of God’s Word as a couple. Pray for one another. The most meaningful moments in my life have happened when I have heard Jeannie pray for me. And there is something incredible that happens when I sit down with the Lord who created my wife and talk to Him about her.
In today’s episode of Creating Real Marriages that Last, I talk about the importance of continuing to “date” your spouse after you’re married. For the husband, this might mean calling your wife up on Monday and asking her out on a date for the weekend, or bringing home flowers for her just because. Doing these things not only strengthens your marriage, but also shows your children how a healthy marriage should be. One of the most important things a father can do for his children is love their mother well.