“…to love and to cherish, till death do us part.”
Couples often recite vows like this at their wedding. But no sooner do they walk the gauntlet of flying rice afterward than the word “cherish” begins to fade from their vocabulary. They don’t mean for it to happen, but the months and years go by, they settle into the daily routine of life, and they wake one day with a marriage that’s missing something deeper and more satisfying.
A marriage that loses its color and spark will take on the drab gray of “commitment,” “sacrifice,” and “patience.” Those are all important virtues that keep a marriage together, but we want more from our relationships than merely tolerating one another, don’t we?
We want to be cherished.
Cherishing our spouse is like light passing through a prism. What appears as only one color is actually a rainbow waiting to burst forth. By employing a few simple ideas, your marriage can ignite with passion.
How do you get there?
We want to help you answer that question on our Focus on the Family Broadcast “Cherish Your Spouse, Change Your Marriage,” with author Gary Thomas, who is sharing practical steps that will take your marriage to the next level:
- Notes of appreciation to your spouse.
- Why marriage is like baseball.
- Make your first call to your spouse.
- Growing past infatuation and learning to cherish.
- Cheering on your spouse.
Before I close, I invite you to become a special partner with us through our monthly “Friends of Focus on the Family” program. When you do, I’ll send you a copy of Gary Thomas’ book Cherish: The One Word That Changes Everything for Your Marriage as a way of saying thank you for touching others with the love of Christ. You’ll also receive member-exclusive benefits. To make your pledge, or for more information, click here or call 1-800-A-FAMILY (232-6459).