2017 November, available at: ForYourMarriage.org

Archive for November, 2017

November 30, 2017

Advent starts soon, the season of anticipation for the birth of Christ. Make an Advent resolution with your family. It could be setting aside some money to tithe, committing to help an elderly neighbor this winter, or adding extra daily prayer time.

How to Raise a Saint

How do you raise holy children worthy of sainthood? Josh reflects on the family life of Padre Pio, whose pious, hardworking parents were instrumental in forming the future saint.

November 29, 2017

“I am the Alpha and the Omega.” (Rev 1:8) Just as God is the Beginning and the End, so your marriage has a beginning (the marriage vows) and an end (death). But don’t forget about what’s in between – the middle. Make the middle meaningful today.

November 28, 2017

Thanksgiving and Christmas are traditionally times when adult children return home and blended families gather together. This can be both a joyful and stressful time as family systems reshuffle. Be patient and remember that charity can go a long way!

November 27, 2017

Do you have a hard time getting your beloved to share thoughts and feelings with you? Some spouses are the quiet type who will talk when ready. Others just need you to “shut up” to make space for speech. Do you talk too much?

November 26, 2017

“And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’” (Mt 25:40) Recognize Christ in your spouse and in all those that you meet. If you are struggling to serve your spouse, remember that you are […]

November 25, 2017

“The happiest couples have sex on a regular basis,” writes Tina Tessina, PhD. Talk about the sexual aspect of your marriage and agree on a frequency of sexual intimacy that honors both of you.

November 24, 2017

When the world is celebrating the deals and sales of Black Friday, celebrate your non-material blessings by playing games, telling stories, going for a walk, etc. as a family.

November 23, 2017

“Thanks be to God!” is a common expression not only of thanks but also of relief that a danger was averted. In this season of thanks, is there a bad fortune that you avoided? Thank God for His blessings of safety and protection in so many ways…and for all the gifts of His love, too!…

November 22, 2017

Today is the feast of St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music. The Catholic Church has a long and rich history of beautiful music. Does your family have a favorite hymn or praise song? Sing it together today.

What Are You Thankful for in Your Spouse?

Thanksgiving is the perfect opportunity to express gratitude for your spouse. Kathleen reflects on a particular Thanksgiving tradition with her husband and how powerful it has been for their love.

November 21, 2017

“But of that day or hour, no one knows…” (Mk 13:32) Death is not something most people like to think about, but it is inevitable and indeed we don’t know “the day or hour.” Don’t avoid talking about your deaths – even if you’re young. Each day is a gift and meant to be lived […]

November 20, 2017

It is natural to be proud of our children’s success and take blame for their failures. Remember that they need your encouragement and support, but allow them to be independent in their life choices.

November 19, 2017

“His master said to him, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master’s joy.” (Mt 25:21) God is calling us to share in His joy through the sacrament of marriage. Don’t forget to share smiles and laughter with your […]

November 18, 2017

(Reader’s Tip) Be kind and joyful. Each day pray for your spouse and, more importantly, pray with them as often as possible.

November 17, 2017

(Reader’s Tip) Pray together at meals, even if you’re in a restaurant. Don’t be afraid to show PDF’s (Public Displays of Faith).

November 16, 2017

As Thanksgiving approaches, blended families should plan ahead for family gatherings and parent visits. Avoid tension by not putting people whose histories don’t mix well at the same gathering.

November 15, 2017

(Reader’s Tip) Keep Jesus’s teachings at the center of your marriage: Be the first to forgive and the last to blame, and never go to sleep angry with each other.

Technology and the Family

Technology is part of the fabric of our everyday lives, and while it can be good for entertainment sometimes, it can become a distraction or even an addiction. Mary Jo reflects on ways to draw boundaries with technology in family life and instead enjoy simpler times with each other face-to-face.

November 14, 2017

When you are not able to be sexually intimate (illness, fatigue, wrong time of the month, separation, not in the mood…), how do you still express love to your spouse? Find a creative way to express your love today.

November 13, 2017

(Reader’s Tip) I show my wife how much I love and appreciate her each day by lovingly waking her, making breakfast, and starting her car on cold mornings.

November 12, 2017

“Therefore stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour.” (Mt 25:13) It’s not uncommon nowadays to hear someone say the world is ending soon – but really, we don’t know when it will end. Instead of worrying about your time left on earth, focus on being present to your family in every […]

November 11, 2017

“Elijah said to [the widow], ‘Do not be afraid.’” (1 Kings 17:13) Do you have money worries? Have you ever? Do you or your spouse worry more about money? If you don’t have true worries about money, it’s time to give some away.

Cultivating Contentment in Newlywed Life

It’s often tempting to continually look ahead to the future and forget about the present moment. Newlywed Brooke reflects on savoring the moment by cultivating gratitude for her married life with Tim and God’s blessings at this time of their lives.

November 10, 2017

Yearning for a baby? For some couples, pregnancy comes quickly, but for those still waiting, it can be emotionally draining. Natural Family Planning can help couples identify their most fertile days. Pray for pregnant couples and for those who wait.

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