Marriage can really be a drain on missions. Marriage on the field can be a constant source of distraction, discouragement, and pain.
But I hope it’s not.
I’ve written before about marriage and its purpose, but today I’d like to take a step back and speak directly to husbands: my brothers.
This advice is carefully given, and with no slight hesitation. After all, if you want people to argue with you (and I don’t particularly enjoy it), then write about marriage. Even so, I will write. Because it matters. And because I hope the men who marry my sisters will do these things. I hope the men who pursue my daughters (in the very far distant future) will do these things. I hope my sons will do these things. Because marriage is important. It’s also really complicated.
Marriage is a complex thing (2 into 1) entered into by complex people (humans) who have to do complex stuff (live).
And you all know this already, but missions is a hard gig for marriages. You’ve got sky-high stress levels, extreme temperatures, lots of broken things, financial tightness, the fishbowl of fundraising, and a rewarding but very hard job. Sounds like fun, right? Well, if you add all of that to an unhappy marriage, I can tell you the one thing you certainly won’t be having is fun.
So, onward! What are three things you can do to care for the heart of your wife?
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