19. A marriage does not rise and fall on how much we can trust a person, but on how much we can trust God.

20. God is even more committed to my marriage than I am.

21. My ability to glorify God as a woman is directly related to my ability to glorify God as a WIFE and vice versa.

22. Being my husband's wife is my most important ministry.

23. Instead of looking for what the marriage (or your spouse) can do for you, look for what you can do for your spouse.

24. Focusing each day on "making a memory" sure beats "keeping a record of wrongs."

25. The greatest (and most challenging) definition of marital love is found in First Corinthians 13:7 (NASB):  Love "bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things."

What has God taught you during the time that you've been married? I'd love to hear it...and I bet your spouse would, too.

Cindi McMenamin is a pastor's wife and national speaker who helps women find strength for the soul. Many of the lessons she's learned from marriage these past two-and-a-half are elaborated on in her books, Letting God Meet Your Emotional Needs, When Women Walk Alone (more than 120,000 copies sold), When A Woman Inspires Her Husband and When Couples Walk Together: 31 Days to a Closer Connection, which she co-authored with her husband, Hugh. For free articles of encouragement to strengthen your soul or your marriage, see www.StrengthForTheSoul.com

Publication date: August 23, 2013