Overall I would say I have a pretty happy marriage. But we didn't get here without some blood, sweat, and tears.
Of all the things that I have learned about marriage, it is a few marriage books that have shaped my thinking into being a serving, loving, kind, honest, and sensitive wife.
I don't do this perfectly everyday, but for the most part, I have found my attitude towards my husband shapes how happy we are. And it all boils down to how much I honor and respect him.
So I thought, why keep these little gems to myself? Whether you are struggling, happy, or just maintaining right now in your marriage...perhaps some of you may find encouragement and inspiration to better your marriage no matter what stage you are in.
I never want to stop working at our marriage. I think the moment I stop trying is when the little things start creeping in that slowly pull us apart. Time and seasons do not always allow it, but when I am fully investing in my husband and our marriage, I can honestly say that is when we are the happiest.
Real Marriage: The Truth About Sex, Friendship, and Life Together
I am currently reading this book written by one of my favorite married couples, Mark and Grace Driscoll. I am not that far into it yet, but it is written from their hearts making it an easy and relatable read. I went through Mark's series The Peasant Princess with my husband our first year of marriage, and have been inspired and encouraged by their wisdom on this topic ever since.
The Power of a Praying Wife
A wonderful book on directing you to specifically pray for your husband. Whether you struggle to pray specifically or your husband needs a particular area of his life prayed over, this book is a great resource to continually to come back to in leading your prayer life for your husband.
Love and Respect
This is a great read on how men and women have different needs. For women we need love and for men they need respect. A great eye opener as to how I can better love my husband through respecting him.
For Women Only: What You Need to Know About the Inner Lives of Men
I read this while we were dating and was a bit naive to the inner thoughts and ways of men. This helped me be better understanding and sensitive to Brent and men in general.
This last book is not so much about marriage but an enjoyable easy read on being a housewife, wife, and mother. She tells good stories but also offers resources like easy recipes. If you feel like you are in a homemaking rut, this one could give you some encouragement. You do not have to be a stay at home wife or mother to get something out of this book. I took away a lot of tangible tips that can fit into whatever your homemaking schedule is.
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