How to Spiritualize Your Marriage and Family

3 Jan

God has blessed the human institution of marriage as an opportunity for two individuals to develop wholeness. Marriage is meant to be mystical, commemorating the soul’s reunion with God, and fruitful, blessing the earth with a magnanimous love. That love is a magnet that enables you to become more of God.

So you see the hallowed circle of marriage as a place where you love more of Couple walking on the beach God and draw down more of his energy. Therefore you have a greater ability to fulfill your mission, to help others, especially through the intimacy of family relationships.

In the marriage relationship, as in all relationships, we are putting on more of God’s consciousness by understanding one another and becoming that which we perceive of God in each other. Without relationships, we could not develop. If you put a newborn baby in a room alone and deprived him of contact with people, he would not develop. In fact, he would probably die. He needs the stimulation of other people, which is really interaction with the presence of God in each other.

So the marriage relationship is also an opportunity for spiritual development. And when you run into the inevitable challenges of marriage, you may be tempted to give up on the relationship unless you understand what a great opportunity marriage is for inner resolution.

 

 

Excerpted from: Nurturing Your Baby’s Soul by Elizabeth Clare Prophet, Joye Bennett and Nancy Hearn. Summit University Press, 2000

 

Do you make it a point to take the time to listen with your heart and respond lovingly to your children when you are home? Do you spend family time together on the weekends? Do you and your husband show your love for your children physically–a touch on the shoulder, a loving hug, a kiss goodnight? Do you support your children when they make mistakes by letting them know you love them, hearing them out and helping them to find a way to rectify the situation? Do you pray with your children and tuck them into bed?

If so, it’s very likely that your children know you love them and feel nurtured. Attentive listening, kind words, physical affection, family fun times, loving discipline and helpfulness all show your children that you care. In one study, 1,500 school-age children were asked what they thought made a happy family. The most common answer was doing things together–even simple things like going for walks, riding bikes, popping corn, watching a movie and reading a book out loud.

Children need to express themselves and they need to be heard. They want to share their ideas, their feelings, their hopes, their dreams and their accomplishments with their parents. Sometimes simply turning off the television and talking about the day will be exactly what they need. If dinner is harmonious in your home, it’s also a great time to share. Whatever you choose, make sure everyone gets a turn sharing and receives love and appreciation in return.

Marilyn Barrick

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One Response to “How to Spiritualize Your Marriage and Family”

  1. lwcaveman January 3, 2015 at 11:52 am #

    Thanks for the words of wisdom. It’s always great to have a reminder!

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