2017 August, available at: ForYourMarriage.org

Archive for August, 2017

August 31, 2017

(Reader’s tip) Don’t let mistakes ruin your relationships. Put them behind you, so you can move on and grow stronger together.

August 30, 2017

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?

New Survey Finds Couples Today Take Longer to Choose to Marry

Couples today are engaged longer and marrying later in life than couples in previous decades. A recent survey of UK newlyweds found that many couples date, cohabitate, and are engaged for nearly five years before marrying. Nearly all the couples surveyed report a positive change in their relationship following marriage.

August 29, 2017

Our families are imperfect, and imperfect relationships sometimes result in cuts and bruises. Pray for the grace to “forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us” – and ask for forgiveness from those you’ve hurt in return.

Fall Resolutions to Spark Your Marriage

Fall Resolutions to Spark Your Marriage

Does your marriage need a little jump start? Don’t wait until the New Year to make a change. Try one or more of our Fall Resolutions to reinvigorate your marriage.

August 28, 2017

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.

August 27, 2017

In today’s Gospel Peter professes of Christ, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” (Mt 16:16). As Christians, we are called to profess this truth as well in our everyday lives. Do you proclaim Christ as your Savior in your daily life? In your marriage?

August 26, 2017

“Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ.” (Eph 5:21) Mutual love and respect are the marks of a Christian marriage. Does your marriage have love and respect as its guiding principles?

August 25, 2017

Technology and media are useful for connecting and inspiration but they can also rob you of precious couple time. Set family rules for tech, and stick to them.

August 24, 2017

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 23, 2017

(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 22, 2017

“Live, not as foolish persons but as wise.” (Eph 5:15) Who is the wisest (not smartest) living person you know? What can you learn from him or her?

August 21, 2017

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 your spouse.

I Want to Grow Old With You

Marriage is meant to last a lifetime, “til death do us part.” Inspired by the love of an older couple at her church, Kathleen reflects on the priceless gift of growing old with her husband.

August 20, 2017

“But the woman came and did him homage, saying, ‘Lord, help me.’” (Mt 15:25) Have the humility to come to God and to praise him when you are struggling with problems in your family and life.

August 19, 2017

“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.

The Rosary, A Spiritual Weapon for Families

The Rosary is a powerful prayer, especially when you’re praying for your family. Dennis writes about how he and his “fellow warrior,” his wife Mary Jo, have taken up a daily Rosary to intercede for their marriage and their children.

August 18, 2017

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

August 17, 2017

When a marriage is in a rut, it may be tempting to think that a different person will bring more happiness.click the “refresh” button with your spouse and try something new together.

Resolving Differences

Resolving Differences

“We have only been married a short time, and things are going pretty well between us, but something that concerns me is that we don’t really solve problems. One of us raises an issue, we talk about it a little, and then we let it drop. What worries me is that eventually, when we have a real problem we can’t avoid, we won’t know how to deal with it. Are there any strategies for a couple like us to use?”

August 16, 2017

(Reader’s Tip) Over the 8+ years we’ve been married we’ve lived by the motto that we don’t always have to like each other, but we always love each other.

August 15, 2017

“Blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.” (Lk 11:28) Today is a Holy Day of Obligation, when we celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into heaven, where she intercedes for her children on earth. Go to Mass as a family today and ask for Mary’s […]

August 14, 2017

What has been a low or dry point in your relationship with your beloved? How did you get through it? If you’re still in a desert, ask for help – from your spouse, God, or from a counselor (no shame in that).

August 13, 2017

“O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” Do you have doubts or concerns about your marriage? Have faith in Christ that it can be restored. Consider enhancing or healing your marriage by checking out some of the resources on our page. Even if your marriage is going well, consider going on a retreat […]

August 12, 2017

(Reader’s Tip) Like your spouse for who he/she is as a person. When I’m really angry at my husband, I realize what kind of man he is and I thank God he chose me to be his wife.

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