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Marriage Inspirations from Together Forever

Inspiration Enhances Your Wedding Day

"...One of the qualities of true love is that it affirms the other rather than attempting to possess or control. Real love liberates; real love gives freedom to be ourselves."
~Cecil B. Murphey

1st Corinthians 13: 4-8a “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
~NIV

The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.
~Carl Jung (1875 - 1961)

The Devotional thoughts that follow have been graciously provided for Together Forever Wedding Chapel by published writer and popular public speaker, Aileen Lawrimore, who you may recognize as a contributor in various magazines, newspaper articles, periodicals, and Sunday School materials....

 

Many wonder how we ever got together in the first place: my husband and I are as different as we could possibly be. He is a physical scientist; I am more of a social scientist. I'm disorganized and creative; he is detail-oriented and logical. He is quiet and reserved. I am outgoing and talkative. His ideal job includes a quiet office and a high-tech computer. My ideal job includes a stage, a microphone, and a ready audience. Yet here we are, over 25 years after our wedding, still loving each other in spite of our differences. What makes us stay together? I think it's all about attraction.

The two of us bring to the relationship different strengths and different needs. If we came together with similar abilities and shortcomings, I'm not sure what we would have to offer each other. I need my husband's logical thinking to help make sense of my creativity. He enjoys my outgoing nature; I appreciate his contemplative side. I don't need to be married to a person just like me. I need someone who is strong in my weaknesses.

You've heard before that opposites attract. Carl Jung suggests that not only are opposites drawn to each other, but they transform each other into better versions of their original selves. So you're in love with someone who is different than you? Congratulations! You may be on your way to transformation.
© Aileen Mitchell Lawrimore

 

I'm not a real movie star. I've still got the same wife I started out with twenty-eight years ago.
~Will Rogers

Have you ever wished you were a movie star? Their lives look great, don't they: money, prestige, beauty. . .? When we look at people from a distance, their lives often look worry-free. We wish we had a life like theirs - all imperfections surgically or financially removed. But what if you really could trade lives with a celebrity? And what if you had to trade difficulties as well as blessings? Maybe you would have no money worries, but would you know who your real friends were? You might hobnob with the world's most famous people, but would you miss the people who knew you best? Perhaps you could have plastic surgery to sculpt you into physical perfection, but would you wonder if people loved you only for your looks?

Remember when we look in on the lives of the famous or even the not-so-famous: we only get to see what people let us see. In private, they struggle with insecurities, worry about the future, and probably argue with their loved ones just like we do. So instead of counting their blessings, let's count our own. I bet we'll find we're living the highlife right where we are.
© Aileen Mitchell Lawrimore

 

A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.
~Mignon McLaughlin

Remember when you first fell in love? Your beloved never left your thoughts; you longed to be together during the moments you were apart. You saw imperfections as charming; your sweetheart's habits - those that might annoy another - found patient acceptance in your loving presence. Ahhh the bliss!

And then life happened. You began to notice how others might be irritated by your mate's knuckle popping or fingernail biting. You could not understand why she could not put the lid on the toothpaste or how he could leave that seat up every single time. Your daily lunch date became weekly, then monthly, then nonexistent. Your beloved never graced your thoughts, except when you needed her to pick up your dry-cleaning.

Author and journalist Mignon McLaughlin suggests it may be time for you to fall in love again - with the person you've been in love with all along. Think back to your early days; act like you did back then. Ignore the irritants and inconsistencies. Be foolishly negligent when looking for faults. Make a date. Get dressed up. Buy some flowers. Send him a card. Surprise her. Do the unexpected.

A fter all, you're in love - you can go a little crazy!
© Aileen Mitchell Lawrimore

 

A great marriage is not when the 'perfect couple' comes together.
It is when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences.
~Dave Meurer

You're in love and now you are planning your wedding. Perfect! Or is it? Humor writer Dave Meurer makes a great point: the truth is none of us can claim perfection. We may believe we have found the perfect mate, but in fact even the happiest couples experience times when they are not at all perfectly matched.

So what do you do with those mismatched moments? Do you choose to end the marriage because it's not perfect? Or do you embrace the fact that you, like other humans, have a wonderfully imperfect relationship? Choose to delight in your differences. Then you can say with confidence, “Our marriage is completely imperfect--and we love it!"
© Aileen Mitchell Lawrimore

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