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Leaving a Lasting Legacy – Part 5

By:  Mike Martin

Couples can leave a positive legacy for their family by helping each other and their children find or recognize their gifts and abilities.

God has blessed each person with special gifts and talents.  Our spouse’s gifts may be very different from our own and each of our children may have completely different gifts.  It is important to affirm those gifts for your spouse and children.    Affirm those gifts to your spouse and children in private and in front of your family and friends. Say “you are such a great mother/ father/child” or “I love the way you ________ “ or “You really make me happy when you_______”.  Encourage your spouse and children to build on those gifts.  If you want your spouse and children to be positive and encouraging, you must be positive and encouraging in front of them.  A list of “spiritual gifts” are found in Romans 12, Ephesians 4, and 1 Corinthians 12; they are administrating, communication, discernment, encouraging, evangelism, faith, giving, hospitality, praying, knowledge, leadership, shepherding, teaching, serving, showing mercy, and wisdom. You can leave a positive legacy by helping your spouse/children find or recognize their gifts and abilities.

The Martins currently present “Happy Together” Marriage Enrichment Events for churches and organizations.  To schedule an event call Michael at 940-735-1515. They are certified “Prepare/Enrich” Facilitators and are available to work with couples on an individual basis using the “Prepare/Enrich Assessment.”  They publish a weekly “Happy Together” Blog about family and marriage issues.  You can order copies of their new books Dancing With Death and 366 Tidbits We Have Learned in 14,610 Days of Marriage, read, and subscribe to their “Happy Together” Blog by logging onto the Martin’s website at

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