So now we come to the end of our journey together. I hope you have enjoyed learning from each blog as much as I have enjoyed writing them. I hope that they have been an encouragement to you.

Marriage is like a garden. Just like a garden, it takes hard work. It has a foundation of values into which we plant our goals and dreams. It requires care and feeding so that our partnership grows. A marriage requires protection so that our partnership is not damaged. And after all the hard work, there is a harvest.

I’m not sure where you are in the process of your ‘garden’. You might be preparing to plant. You might be trying to figure out how to make your garden grow. You might be fighting a battle against weeds and pests. Or you might even be enjoying a delicious harvest!

In this conclusion, I am not going to review the four principles of a healthy marriage. If you need a reminder, head back to previous posts and review them.

But I will remind you of the quote from the Movie ‘Auntie Mame’, “Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death.” I believe marriage is one of the greatest gifts we can experience in life. Marriage is a banquet that is a feast for our body, mind and souls. Yet too many people have no idea how amazing a marriage partnership can be. Like people standing in a buffet line who are unable to decide on what to eat, they settle for a plate of burnt toast.

Don’t settle for burnt toast. If you are unhappy in your marriage partnership, don’t believe the lies that say things will never get better. Don’t believe people who say that things will never change. Don’t be tricked into trying to find happiness elsewhere.

Your marriage has the potential to provide a bountiful harvest of love, joy and peace! You can have a great friendship with your spouse. You can have great sex with your spouse. You can raise your children to have healthy marriages. Believe all of these things because they are true.

I hope you have worked through the questions that I have shared. I hope you have spent hours talking with your partner about what I wrote. I hope that all the talking has led to laughter (and maybe some tears) and that you are feeling closer to your partner. If the fires of passion were dimming, I hope that passion has been rekindled and you are having mutually fulfilling sex.

If you would like to talk to someone about marriage, feel free to contact my wife and I. We hold workshops that help couples work through the topics introduced in this blog. The workshops are a ‘safe place’ where couples can share openly with one another, encourage one another, and grow together. Please write.

Thank you so much for reading this blog. I am honored.

Lastly, know that I am praying for you and your marriage. I pray that you find great enjoyment and fulfillment in your marriage. I pray that your partnership is blessed with a wonderful harvest.

Marriage is a like a garden, enjoy it!