2016 February, available at: ForYourMarriage.org

Archive for February, 2016

Speaking of Money and God’s Care

God provides when you least expect it. Stacey reflects on God’s care for her family before she and Joshua knew what to expect.

February 29, 2016

Start the day off right—plan a breakfast date this week or wake up early to surprise your spouse with breakfast in bed.

February 28, 2016

“Therefore, whoever thinks he is standing secure should take care not to fall.” (1 Cor 10:12) We can find many sources of security in our lives: God, family, money, jobs, etc. What makes you feel most secure? Is it truly reliable? Talk with your spouse about it.

February 27, 2016

Humor is often the best medicine. Learning to laugh and not taking ourselves too seriously can make life more enjoyable for us and our family.

February 25, 2016

Love is not proud. Be the first to extend the olive branch when disagreements arise.

February 26, 2016

On Fridays in Lent, we abstain from meat. Try abstaining from hurtful comments as well.

February 24, 2016

Lenten check-in, week 3: How are your Lenten resolutions deepening your relationship with God and family? Ask everyone to share the fruit of their Lenten journey so far.

Can Religion Strengthen Marriage in America? Leaders in MN Respond.

Mitch Pearlstein, PhD recently published a report through the Center of the American Experiment which sought to answer the question of whether or not America’s religious traditions can in fact strengthen marriage. And Minnesota leaders said yes.

February 23, 2016

Consider doing a “feet-up”: when your spouse gets home from work, have them put their feet up and relax, and do their usual evening chores for them.

February 22, 2016

“But [the house] did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock.” (Mt. 7:25). Is Christ the foundation of your family?

February 21, 2016

“Abram put his faith in the LORD, who credited it to him as an act of righteousness.” (Gn 15:6). Placing our faith in God is not easy and requires us to relinquish our own wills to His. What is an example of how you trusted God? Talk with your spouse about the peace that accompanied […]

February 20, 2016

Pope Francis called the family the “the first and most important school of mercy.” In what ways can you teach mercy in your family?

Do People Still Think Monogamy is Essential to Marriage?

In Tech Insider, Kelly Dickerson takes a look at the concept of monogamy (fidelity) within marriage and whether or not that concept retains its relevance in current society.

Meeting with Families during Apostolic Journey to Mexico

On February 15, 2016, during his visit to Mexico, Pope Francis addressed a stadium of families regarding the beauty of family life.

Pope and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Issue First Ever Joint Declaration

On February 12, 2016, Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch H.H. Kirill issued the first ever joint declaration between the two Churches. Speaking on topics from Christian persecution in the Middle East to the importance of family in society, they sought to emphasize the areas of unity between the two Churches.

February 19, 2016

How much sleep you get can affect your mood. Try evaluating your sleep schedules with your spouse, and make getting enough rest a priority.

Does Your Marriage Produce Good Fruit?

Marriage grows out of the love of the two spouses, which must be rooted in Christ. Find out how weeds can spring up around your marriage and the importance of nurturing your married love.

February 18, 2016

It’s still cold out! Consider bringing blankets to a homeless shelter with your family.

February 17, 2016

Eye contact can be a powerful form of communication. Next time you are in a group setting, convey your love for your spouse through a gaze and kind look.

February 16, 2016

Sometimes we can become irritable over small things. Next time this happens with your spouse, try taking a deep breath and responding with a “gentle love.”

February 15, 2016

Lenten check-in, week 2: How can your family incorporate a spirit of Lent into your home? Maybe an extra prayer at dinner or a service project together?

February 14, 2016

“I have now brought you the first fruits of the products of the soil which you, O LORD, have given me.” (Dt 26:10) There are many demands in life and we can only give so much effort. Do you give your best to God and your spouse or do they get the time that is […]

February 13, 2016

“In the Our Father prayer we say, ‘Give us this day our daily bread.’ Married couples may also learn to pray, ‘Give us this day our daily love.’” – Pope Francis

Sologamy: The Outcome of a Narcissistic Society

The recent trend of sologamy, or self-marriage, seem to be linked to the narcissistic culture. Strong, holy marriages are needed as much as ever, if not more.

February 12, 2016

Vulnerability is a great gift spouses give each other. When your spouse is vulnerable, be sure to be gentle. It takes courage and humility to trust someone with your deepest fears or hurts.

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