Pray for your marriage, and pray together. Prayer should be your default position. Prayer keeps you humble. It keeps you leaning on God and not relying on your own strength.
Don’t sweat the small stuff. I once heard a divorce court judge say that 99 percent of the cases he presided over the couple was divorcing over trivial things. Really? Decide what’s important and what’s not and focus on the positive.
Be committed to your commitment. Recognize that marriage is a journey that ebbs and flows, passion will wane but reignite over time. The success of your marriage is not measured by how you celebrate the good times but how you support each other through times of trial.
Acceptance. You fell in love with the person in front of you. Nobody’s perfect and there’s no one that’s going to be perfect including you. Acceptance is one of the beauties of marriage. After all isn’t that what we all want is someone to love us for who we are flaws and all. Growing is active.
Remember why you married them. Many things will change throughout your marriage but one thing that will remain the same is the reasons you fell in love with this person .
Communication. When the lines of communication are kept open, good things happen, problems are solved, situations get clarification, both voices are being heard, closeness is being created, and bonds are tighten.
Compromise. Compromise is a win/win situation. When you compromise you make decisions that benefit both parties.
Sense of humor. Don’t take yourselves too seriously. Life has enough problems of its own. The bible says laughter doeth good like a medicine .Proverbs 17:22
Keep dating. Dating your spouse is one of the most important forms of marriage maintenance there is. It helps you to reconnect. Dating make the relationship a priority and reminds you to have fun.
Respect. Let your spouse know that the respect and value you feel for them supersedes the specific issues you’re discussing.
• 1 peter 4:8, “Above all love each other deeply because love covers a multitude of sins.”
• Ecclesiastes 4:12, “Though one may be overpowered two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not easily broken”
• Mark 10:9, “Therefore what God has brought together let no man separate.”
• Ephesians 4:2-3, “Be completely humble and gentle, be patient bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace.”
• Romans 12:9, “Let love be without hypocrisy, abhor what is evil and cling to what is good.”
Smart tip of the Day: Keep God first in your own life and work outward from there.
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