Okay. Be honest with me. How many of us have stayed up past our bedtime absorbed in some infomercial promising us “new”? New bodies, new skin, new hair, new quick & easy dinners. You may find you’re even more enticed by the idea of new right now. The New Year always brings the chance, the hope, of new things. There is something within each of us that LOVES new. Shiny. Clean. New.
Next question…how is your marriage looking these days? More tarnished than shiny? More cluttered than clean? More old than new?
I fear that with all that has become “Christmas” these days, many of us reach the New Year with a bit of holiday hangover. We awaken and sober up to find the excitement and festivities of the holidays have left some things neglected. Where’s that electric bill? Why is the only food in the fridge leftover taco dip and frosting? Who is this guy using the pillow next to mine?
But, guess what? We aren’t the only ones who like “new”. God is totally into “new” too! He promises to make “all things new” (Revelation 21:5, NKJ). And unlike those infomercials, God ALWAYS keeps his promises.
A new birth (1 Peter 1:3). A new life (Romans 6:4). A new self (Colossians 3:10).
God gave me a new marriage. (And I don’t mean with a new spouse. :-))
And along the way, I’ve learned some things that help to keep a marriage new. So, if you want to spruce the ol’ relationship up a bit and be feeling a bit more shiny and new before Valentine’s Day, come visit me every Tuesday from now until February 14th for some thoughts, tips and tricks!
Bring your tips too and let’s help inspire one another!
- A little window cleaner on a rag will shine things up!
- In the bathroom…grab an old toothbrush and some toothpaste, lather and rinse!
- A soak in vinegar works great for gold. Just don’t get it near any pearls.
- A little baking soda and water makes a nice, gentle cleaning solution.
- No matter which method you use, rinse well and shine up with a soft, cotton cloth.
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