Learning how to be married is a life-long, daily quest, full of change and surprise. In my experience, most people’s expectations do not even approximate this fact. In a culture of decreasing accountability and no-fault divorce, remaining married means staying equipped. Below you’ll find a few tools for your marriage toolbox. Including….
See my “TEN HABITS OF HEALTHY FAMILIES” articles for a summary of what you’ll find in the following suggested titles.
Love and Respect, Emmerson Eggericks
Why is communication between husbands and wives such a problem? Part of it stems from the messages sent in code, based on gender, intended or not. What he says may not be what she hears, and what he heard may not be the real subject she has in mind. Couples must learn how a man may experience respect and a woman feel loved even in the midst of code confusion.
Men and Women: Enjoying the Difference, Larry Crabb
The greatest obstacle to building truly good relationships is a self-centeredness that, deep in our souls, feels entirely reasonable.
The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, John Gottman
The key to divorce-proofing or reviving a relationship is not in how you handle disagreements but in how you are with each other when you’re not fighting.
The Meaning of Marriage, Tim Keller
To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved is, well, a lot like being loved by God.
Sheet Music, Kevin Lehman
What warms a woman up is when her husband helps around the house…makes arrangements for dates, and overall cares for her. If a husband consistently and graciously does this without acting like a martyr, he’s going to find, 6 out of 10, that his wife is ready and eager to enjoy an active and fulfilling love life. It will be a natural response to a lifestyle of sincere affection.