Giving Thanks, part 6: Family Proc

Today I am thankful for The Family: A Proclamation to the World.
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John and I studied this today for family scripture study and it is amazing how many solutions to family problems lie in that little document.  The world could find things to criticize about it, but it doesn’t make it less true, and less important.   The line that stood out most to us today was:
 Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities. 
This simple yet profound statement can cure so much heartache and produce so much joy.  The principle of forgiveness jumps off the page at  me.  Forgiveness is so important in marriage.  John is amazing at forgiving.  He is such a peacemaker and is more merciful with me and my quirks than anyone I have ever met.  He’s forgiving before he even needs to be.  And in so doing, he let’s me shine, and we shine together.
Wholesome recreational activities is something we’ve been focussing on lately, as well.  It is so important to have fun together!!!  To keep life light, and to laugh together often.  Humor is such a saving grace in a marriage.  I have been trying to take things less personally and just laugh at myself more, and I’ll tell you what–that’s hard!  It’s hard to change your communication patterns and way of thinking, and to fight your natural impulses.  But I can pray beforehand to remember how I want to respond in a certain circumstance, and then when I’m actually in the moment I have to choose to laugh, even when my natural impulse is to take offense to something said to me that in reality was completely innocent.  I’m so grateful for John’s boyish charm, and his good-natured sense of fun.  He keeps me wholesome and pure, and we can have fun together doing the dorkiest things.  Life is hard enough on its own.  You just gotta learn to laugh at it, really.  Together.
 
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