Would you like your marriage to be stingy or lavish?

Which word would you most like to define your marriage: Stingy or Lavish?
"Remember: A stingy planter gets a stingy crop; a lavish planter gets a lavish crop. I want each of you to take plenty of time to think it over, and make up your own mind what you will give." -2Corinthians 9 (The Message)
Here's how you plant a stingy crop: be overly critical, refuse to overlook an offense, serve yourself first, focus on what you don't have instead of what you do have...

Here are some seeds of lavishness: give a sincere compliment, pray for your spouse, be thankful, plan a date, speak well of them to the kids/in-laws/friends/co-workers, help them out with a pesky task, ask questions & then really listen... 

Whether you realize it or not, you'll be planting seeds all week... as the scripture verse says- take time to think it over, make up your mind in advance (instead of just reacting to your mood or the challenges of the day), plant wisely, plant lavishly, & expect a good harvest.

**I originally wrote this little note for our ministry with FamilyLife Canada & FamilyLife Australia. If you live in Canada or Australia, be sure to join the facebook pages for these excellent ministries & receive helpful tips, quotes, & encouragement for the relationships that matter most.**

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