If you will daily spread a banquet feast before each other's eyes,

You’ll never have to fret or worry if either one will stray.

If every time you look at him, your face with pride aglow,

His heart is yours, you can be sure, he will not walk away.

Delicious morsels filled with praise for who he really is

A man can’t get enough of those, but they must be sincere!

A dish of gentleness, that overlooks each other's faults,

May even wean that man of yours from sports, or nuts and beer.

A glass of laughter filled to the brim with bubbly joy,

Will serve him well to chase away those ugly blues.

I bet he cannot have just one, but will come back for more.

Don’t keep him tied with apron strings, controlling all his moves.

And then together drink your love,

served with delight and playfulness,

Don’t let your children or the folks use all you have to give.

Offer it up in many different and exciting ways,

Your married life will be a blissful way to live.

Don’t serve up selfishness, or jealousy or pride

Those don’t sit well, cause allergies or even indigestion.

Serve up the milk of kindness without self-righteousness

And faithfulness will never be in doubt or question.

And don’t forget to start this feast by speaking words of grace,

Accept the gift God gave to you with grateful, thankful heart.

Then if one’s ever tempted to taste what others have to offer,

Don’t dish out blame if you both haven’t done your part.

This banquet feast is one which both must keep abounding

What feeds his soul and spirit, nurtures her heart, her life.

With bounty in your home, 

you need not fear to love and cherish others,

Because you trust each other perfectly as husband and as wife.

If Christ is King upon the throne of each one’s heart,

You’re in submission to His perfect Will,

Then He will lead you, give you strength for every trial,

Then He will guide you both to live eternally upon His Holy Hill.

Karin Ristau


Glenda said...

Such words of wisdom . . . and so needed in our world today!

Hope you have a blessed week!

Mari said...

What a beautiful poem - filled with good advice!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Oh that is so good and so true. I hope you don't mind if I pass this on to a friend.

Anonymous said...

Hi Karin, This is just beautiful. I hope you are having a good day.

Ginny said...

Perfect marriage advise in a lovely poem!!! I like the part about sports, nuts and beer!!

Lady Dorothy said...

You dished up a bunch of good food in this post! Well put!

Shug said...

Karin...these words are beautiful...I am so amazed with your talent...Truly a Blessing to be able to bless others with your words..
Thank you!

Douglas Dahl said...


That's great. "Dont serve up Pride or selfishness" often do I do that. Thanks.

Marg said...

That is so beautifully written Karin. Very moving and touching as I reflect what marriage can be for some folks. That's a real keeper. It brought tears to my eyes.