The fundamentals of maintaining a caring marriage are easily summed up in The Alphabet for Marriage. Read through each letter and it will help you think of some ways to improve your marriage. God’s name isn’t mentioned in this list but I guarantee you can see there are spiritual principles to back up this practical advice.
Ladies, don’t let the ministry (of house, children, and church work) get too busy that you neglect your husband. Your purpose of ministering is to do it together, as a married couple because marriage is a picture of Christ and the church. This list came from a special sermon I found (more on that at the end of the post) and hope it will bless your heart too.
The Alphabet for Marriage
Adaptability – Cultivate a liking for the other’s tastes.
Belief – Trust one another.
Children – Be of the same mind on the subject, whether boys or girls, or money. Agree on their training.
Devotion – Not only feel love but show it.
Entertainment – Keep each other amused and interested.
Finesse – Handle each other with love and tact.
Generosity – Don’t be stingy with love, money, or praise.
Health – Keep well as long as you can.
Interests – Enter into everything the other does. Play the same games, read the same books, like the same people.
Jokes – Learn to make ’em and take ’em.
Kindness – Never fail to share with each other tenderness and sympathy.
Love – Never let your supply of that run low.
Money – Is for both and should be for the mutual happiness and well-being of each other.
Need of each other. – Make yourself necessary to your husband or wife’s happiness.
Observation – See what each other needs and supply it. Notice when your husband or wife looks nice.
Politeness – Show as much courtesy of each other as you would to strangers.
Quiet – Don’t argue, keep a peaceful home.
Respect – Show deference for each other’s opinions and intelligence.
Sportsmanship – Take marriage on the chin, don’t complain of hardships you may have to endure.
Tenderness – Whatever you are to other people, be all heart to your husband or wife.
Understanding – Enter into thoughts or feelings of your mate so you will know when each other is low.
Virtue – No philandering around on either side.
Willingness – Both husband and wife must be willing to help each other pull weight in the boat.
X-tra Attention – especially when down-hearted or sick.
Yes Them – Be agreeable as you can as often as you can.
Zero – Your marriage will never be a zero if you follow these rules.
This was found in my great-grandfather’s sermon notes. My husband inherited his books and many files when he passed away and a yellow legal sized paper appeared after recently going through our personal library. I just loved reading it and truly believed it was his own outline until I saw just under the letter “z” that it was copied. *If you know the author of The Alphabet for Marriage please let me know and I will gladly update it on this post.
Ideas: This would be a great help to use at a couples retreat, banquet, or even marriage counseling. This could also be used as a fun wedding shower devotional or as a thoughtful thing to read in a married Sunday School class.