Our fabulous commenter Laura wanted to know:
What is C.O.R.N? I’m new to the website and have seen this a couple of times. Just wondering. I’m also a newly wed so if anyone has so tips I’d appreciate them! Thanks!!!
Well, Laura, I can easily answer the first part of the question, but the second part- well, I’ll give you mine and Heather’s advice and then let our other wonderful commenters chime in. Mr. Ivy and I have been married for nine years- some of them good! I know there are many Home Eccers that have been married even longer, so let’s hear it, Home Eccers.
So, C.O.R.N. is a simple acronym that means “Clean out refrigerator night.” In my mom’s house, it was called “fend for yourself” night, but I think Heather takes this even farther and cooks something new out of her leftovers. At my house, leftovers are just not something that happens very often, with 2 hungry boys- one five and one fourteen, who eat like it’s their last meal on earth at every meal.
Now, for newlywed advice. To steal a joke from my pastor, let me tell you the one and only way you will ever totally avoid having problems with your marriage. Go look up 1 Corinthians 7:40* to find out how to entirely avoid marriage problems. That said, here is the one thing Heather and I both think is key to a long, lasting marriage.
Love is nice. Being in love is fabulous. But what really makes for a lasting marriage is perseverance. Being able to look at your husband or wife, knowing all their faults, and loving them completely anyway is the best way to make your marriage last. No person is perfect. Once you’ve lived with a person for awhile, they let down their guard and you get to know the REAL them. The bad habits, the irritating things they do, all of it.
And it’s easy to let those things wear on your nerves so badly you want to throw them out of your house permanently. But loving them completely despite the fact that they are unable to put a toilet seat down, or they sing off key, or any other number of irritating things- that’s what will help you get through it all.
Alright, Home Eccers, your turn. What advice do you have for the newlyweds?
*I know some of you are too lazy to go look it up, and I hate a spoiled joke, so here it is: (NLT) But in my opinion it would be better for her to stay single, and I think I am giving you counsel from God’s Spirit when I say this.