valentines

Today’s show is all about loving beyond Valentine’s- a concept our marriage must live with from February 15th onward. You see, I don’t believe it’s so much about the day itself, but about how we treat our partner the rest of the year.

I start off with a scripture reference about love: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13.  This scripture is a great kickstarter for reminding me of God’s view of biblical marriage. Founded upon the true meaning of love, a marriage is stronger.

Then I get outside in my neighborhood and record this podcast for you while walking my dog!  Here are some tips I was inspired to share with you while getting a workout at the same time:

1.) Drop the negativity.

Rather than putting a negative damper on the home and allowing stress and resentful feelings brew, we should learn to embrace the positives.

2.) Don’t compare your marriage and your situation with other marriages.

No matter how tempted you are to compare your marriage with someone else’s, don’t do it!  Your husband is unique and brings some wonderful qualities to your partnership. Although he may not be good at something that another husband might excel at, he’s got his own special qualities that are worth shedding light on.

3.) Avoid being overly critical.

Although it might be tempting when you don’t feel he hasn’t cleaned or handled the kids just the “right” way, avoid it like the plague.  Take time to evaluate how you should respond by keeping in mind God’s definition of love in 1 Corinthians 13:1-13. Remember: love is patient. The true approach to biblical marriage is to keep in mind the true meaning of love.  Patience will play a huge part in our marital relationships.

4.) Praise and encourage your spouse.

Love suffers long.  Love endures all things and hopes all things.  This tells me that throughout the process of relationship-building, we’ll need to develop some positive reinforcement techniques to fortify our marriage.  If you’ll take the time to praise and encourage one another, you’ll find that you’ll be focusing more on the positives than the negatives- and soon you’ll find more pleasure and joy in  your relationship.

Resources I discussed:

Disclosure: I’ve included some affiliate links below which assist in supporting my podcast.

Intentional Marriage-The Art of Loving Your Husband by Crystal Brothers of ServingJoyfully.com

Cliff Ravenscraft (Podcast Answer Man)

The Web Success Strategies Podcast (my newest podcast release for mompreneurs)

*Additionally, I invite you to join my Google+ group for Christian Homeschool Moms as well as my Google+ discussion group for mompreneurs.

My tips on how I collaborate in my homeschool – a short interview with Devin Dabney.

Thanks for listening to my podcast on a biblical marriage approach to loving beyond Valentine’s!

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About Demetria Zinga

Demetria is a homeschooling mom and mompreneur who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband, two daughters, and a dog. She currently runs two podcasts for homeschool moms and moms in business, writes songs, and spends lots of time at coffee shops. Her goal is to be an encourager and motivator of women, helping them to find success and joy in homeschooling, business, and motherhood.

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