New Year, New Beginnings

By Jenifer Metzger, Contributing Writer

The New Year always makes me think of new beginnings. A fresh start. A clean slate.  A chance to start brand new.

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Look back over your marriage this past year. How can you be a better mate? How can you be more intentional in your marriage? How can you make it better?

Did your spouse hurt you and you have been struggling to forgive? Commit right now to forgive and start fresh.

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:14-15

 

Have you struggled with loving your wife? Commit now to loving her fully.

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy,cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. Ephesians 5:25-27

 

Have you struggled with submitting to your husband? Commit to submitting to his leadership as God calls us to.

Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. Ephesians 5:22-24

 

Have date nights been rare or non-existent?  Decide now that you will date your mate in this New Year.

Make the decision to have regular date nights this year. Make it a priority!

This is the perfect time to evaluate your relationship and make the necessary changes. Don’t let another year go by with anything hindering your marriage. A New Year, and new beginnings for your marriage