Statistically speaking, married people in the U.S. expect their marriage to do a lot for them individually. We believe marriage should meet most of our relational needs. However, this perspective is a huge problem.
Words are life in a healthy relationship. Some of the most important words in any relationship are kind and encouraging words in the form of compliments. In my work as a marriage coach I’ve discovered that not everyone understands how to give and receive compliments. There’s a bit of an art to giving and receiving compliments.
In his book Blueprint for Life, Mike Kendrick writes, All of us have struggled at times with negative thoughts, either from learned patterns in our relationships or from distorted perspectives we’ve picked up along the way. You’ve probably noticed that you cant really change your behavior without changing your thoughts.
While money is a bedrock of stability and happiness in a marriage, many couples avoid talking about finances altogether. But when you’re married and sharing a life with someone, it’s the everyday things that can make or break a relationship.
It can come as a complete shock to learn that your spouse is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. What you need to understand is how personal, private, and petrifying this secret is to a survivor.
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Things never go as planned. I have an idea of where I’d like my days to go, but the only predictable thing about life is that it’s unpredictable. Why is life so hard to plan perfectly? Because things happen which we cannot control.
We can always think of excuses for why we shouldn’t date our spouse. But marriages that live with no sense of urgency in their passion and commitment to continuing to date one another or improve their relationship will eventually dry up.
Does the word marriage have too much baggage? It’s a word that means different things to different people. So what if we did an experiment for one week to use a word instead of marriage and see if it changes our perspective for the better.