Great to hear from Brad Aldrich for our Marriage Monday post this month. Brad and his wife Kate are adoptive parents and live in Pennsylvania. They write regularly about marriage at their wonderful blog, One Flesh Marriage.
Some day that darling little boy or sweet adorable baby girl will grow up. As parents, that distant future seems very far away and very close at the same time. It seems like just yesterday I was celebrating our first forever family day welcoming our little one home from Ethiopia, and yet I know that it won’t be long till my babies are moving out, getting married and maybe having babies of their own.
Do you dream of those days? Do you wonder who your babies will become? What kind of careers they will have?Who they will marry?
Every parent dreams of these far off days with a hope that they will be able to give their kids all of the skills they will need to successfully navigate toward a happy future. If you think about it, most of our energies in raising kids are about helping them to develop the skills necessary for their future.
You want them to have a great career, so you help them do their best in school. You want them to grow in their faith, so you help them get involved in great youth programs and teach them about Jesus. You want them to care for others, so you help them understand the world around them.
So what are you doing to make sure they will have a great marriage?
There is only one way to teach a child about marriage. It can’t be taught in books, or in theory; it is only taught by what they see. Your children will start with a model of marriage that is based on your marriage.
So what are your kids learning?
Are they learning to prioritize marriage?
Are they learning that sex in marriage is worth waiting for?
Are they learning that marriage takes work but it is so worth it?
Are they learning that love is so much more than a fuzzy feeling?
Are they learning that a one flesh marriage is an amazing lifelong journey?
Or are they learning the opposite?
If you dream of your kids having an amazing marriage one day, make sure you invest some time in your own marriage today to give them a good place to start!
Father God, I ask you now that you would breathe fresh life into my marriage. Where we are weak, strengthen us. I am trusting you to use my relationship with my wife/husband as a source of life for my child(ren). And even now, in faith I ask you for a godly husband for my daughter(s), a godly wife for my son(s). Thank you! Amen.
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