How can my spouse and I build a functioning marriage?

February 21, 2011 Comments Off on How can my spouse and I build a functioning marriage?
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Building a healthy and vibrant marriage will not be easy, but having a proper foundation will help make it more possible. The following principles are vital for maintaining a healthy marriage.
  1. Your marriage will not always experience happiness, but it can be fulfilling.
  2. Your marriage will not be perfect, but it must be progressing.
  3. Your marriage will experience times of conflict; expect the bumps and learn from them.
  4. Your marriage will have disappointments; take the moments of uncertainty as an opportunity to trust God.
  5. Your marriage will take work, but the effort is worth it.
  6. Your marriage will require personal and corporate growth; change is vital for survival.
  7. Your marriage will become no greater than your relationship with God.
  8. Your marriage will require a covenant commitment, a love without conditions.
  9. Your marriage will be a blessing to others, a window into heaven.
  10. Your marriage will need laughter to lighten the load; learn to chill out—daily!
  11. Your marriage will need balance; you need time together and time apart.
  12. Your marriage will require grace, mercy, and forgiveness to heal its wounds.
  13. Your marriage incorporates two sinners in need of a redeeming Savior.
  14. Your marriage is a refining tool in the hands of a holy, loving, and redemptive God.

Dr. Dale Goodman, Pastoral Counselor

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