Happy Marriage Monday, ladies! It’s week 3 of the “Fierce 5” series and today Momma Forrest is not holding back! With 42 years under her belt, you already know what it is! Y’all I’m HYPED over here! The wisdom is dripping from the screen! Yaasss! So whether you’re hearing this for the first time, or it’s coming as a timely reminder, glean and Be encouraged! -Reese
How many years have you been married, and what has being married taught you?
Being married for 42 years (FORTY-TWO lol -Reese) has taught me that having a successful marriage is hard work. You must be deliberate in tending to your relationship by spending quality time and a large quantity of it. No matter how long you were dating, marriage is full of surprises and how you react to them will determine if you will thrive, survive or take a dive.
What are 3 key ingredients that have helped you build a healthy marriage?
I would say that having Christ as the Center of our marriage was key. We agreed to the Bible as our standard and looked to it as a foundation upon which to build. We each had access to the Holy Spirit to help develop a lasting bond.
Being in fellowship with other couples who were committed to the institution of marriage was also helpful. We met with other young couples monthly and encouraged one another to enjoy the journey.
Being always ready to meet one another’s emotional and sexual needs is critical. Sexual intimacy strengthens your sense of connection and discovering what pleases him and becoming an expert at it will more than compensate for any time or money invested.
What word of advice/wisdom do you have for the young wife?
A wise woman builds her house but a foolish woman tears it down with her words. Always speak to your husband with respect. Especially in public. Be the President of his fan club.
Don’t discuss your marriage with your single girlfriends. And by all means keep your personal business off social media. This doesn’t mean that you can’t speak to anyone. But be led to by the LORD in choosing a confidant.
What about the singles? What word of advice can you share to help the single women, who desires to be married?
Pray and ask God to show you what you need to see in a perspective mate. Pay attention to the cues.
Ask yourself: **Can I live with this man if he NEVER changes?**(Y’all HEAR THIS!)
Is his WAY of life conducive with mine? Do we agree on the basics: Jesus, Timeliness, Integrity, Money, Cleanliness, Determine upon which of these things you are willing to compromise and which are non-negotiable.
Anything else/advice/wisdom you feel led to share?
Never put your marriage on the table: When you have disagreements, never negotiate your marriage. Discuss the issue, not whether your marriage will survive it.
Unless there is physical violence, which we hope there will never be, NEVER leave the house. Go to the ladies room and absence yourself to give temperatures time to settle.
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