2012 August, available at: ForYourMarriage.org

Archive for August, 2012

August 31, 2012

(Reader’s Tip) One of the ways I express love for my husband is going to bed when he goes to bed and snuggling for a few minutes before going to sleep. Each of us normally prays silently while snuggling.

August 30, 2012

When all else fails, REBOOT. It often works for computers and it can work with relationships too. If you made a foolish comment or forgot the milk, ask for a “do-over.” Restate your words more positively, go back to the store for the milk, whatever. Try again.

August 29, 2012

If you can’t find old letters to remind you of the blossoming of your love, how about photos? Spend an evening or hour with a photo album, or go through digital photos together. Pick a favorite for the fridge.

My Subordinate Wife

Josh notes that the recent Sunday Mass reading from Ephesians offers material for pillow-talk between spouses: “Wives should be subordinate to their husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is head of his wife.” He reflects on what this passage means for his own marriage.

August 28, 2012

Memories can rekindle romance. Did you ever write love letters to each other – snail mail or email? Find one and reread it together. Smile.

Young Adults Remain Optimistic About Lifelong Marriage

In an age of widespread divorce, one might expect young adults to be wary of marriage. But, according to a new poll by Clark University, 86% expect their marriage to last a lifetime, and their attitudes towards love, marriage and children remain remarkably traditional.

Gus’s Baptism

Just five days after his birth, Gus is welcomed into the Catholic Church. Read about his baptism in the presence of family and friends.

August 27, 2012

(Reader’s Tip) Pray that Christ will open your heart to His love, that you may love your wife as Christ loves the Church, or your husband as the Church loves him.

August 26, 2012

“Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ.” (Eph 5:21) Mutuality is the mark of a Christian marriage. Sometimes the husband leads, sometimes it is the wife. Is your marriage balanced?

August 25, 2012

Children can stress a marriage. Has your child disappointed you in some way? You need to hold him or her accountable, but that doesn’t mean you can’t welcome your child back with open arms. Can you think of any offense that is not forgivable? God can’t.

August 24, 2012

Technology and media are useful for connecting and inspiration but they can also rob you of precious couple time. A few seconds can morph into an hour while your beloved is withering from lack of attention. Turn it off! Pay attention.

August 23, 2012

Kids are one of the joys of marriage (much of the time). But they also tend to take their time off the top of your energy reserve. You aren’t married to your kids so don’t let them substitute for the intimacy you owe each other.

August 22, 2012

Do sports or other recreational pursuits steal your attention away from your beloved? Independent interests are fine as long as they are not out of balance. Not sure if it’s too much? Ask.

Time for a Retreat?

Time for a Retreat?

Do you feel the need to jump start your spiritual life? Or have you realized that quiet time and space may help you to hear God’s call more clearly? A spiritual retreat may be just the answer.

Help Your Child Make Friends and Be a Friend: Nurturing Lifetime Relationships

Most parents would agree that communicating with teenagers about relationships and love is anything but easy. The book will “help parents teach their children to deal with all aspects of the relationships they’ll form throughout their lives.”

“The Talk”

It’s a moment many parents dread: having “the sex talk” with their child. Stacey describes what happened when she raises the topic with pre-teen Oscar.

August 21, 2012

Not all infidelity is sexual. Does your work steal your attention away from your spouse? Do opposite sex colleagues at work seem more appealing because they seem to be on the same wavelength or flatter you? Pay attention to your vow and spouse.

Gus’s Birth Story

Baby Gus has arrived, but there were a few harrowing moments. Sara recounts his birth story.

August 20, 2012

(Reader’s Tip) Take a moment each day to say how much you love your spouse. Thank them for what they do for the family, or just say that you miss them when you’re apart.

August 19, 2012

“(L)ive, not as foolish persons but as wise.” (Eph 5:15) Who is the wisest (not smartest) living person you know? Who is the most foolish? Do you and your spouse share the same opinion of these people?

August 18, 2012

“Focus on strengths more than mistakes.” (Active Parenting) Watch for one accomplishment or virtue that your child demonstrates today and comment on it. This works for spouses too.

August 17, 2012

(Reader’s Tip) Start and end each day by thanking God for letting this person be in your life. Just a quick smile when they walk in the room tells them you care that they are near you.

August 16, 2012

Our culture is often obsessed with newness. If it’s new, it’s better. Sometimes the old, the tried, and trusted is better. Over the years spouses develop a comfort with each other’s idiosyncrasies. What crazy things do you love about your spouse?

August 15, 2012

(The Assumption) There are physical assumptions (like God lifting Mary up to heaven) and mental assumptions (like assuming you know what your beloved thinks or feels). Lift up your beloved with praise today but beware of presuming you totally know each other’s mind.


Stacey’s away this week, so Josh is taking care of the kids and baking treats! He finds sweetness in more than just the taste of the cookies.

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