2018 January, available at: ForYourMarriage.org

Archive for January, 2018

January 20, 2018

(Reader’s Tip) Every night we ask each other forgiveness for the things we did wrong or if we’ve offended each other.

January 19, 2018

(Reader Tip) I try once a day to write my wife a text or a note to tell her I love her. She does the same for me.

January 18, 2018

“There are different spiritual gifts but the same Spirit.” (1 Cor. 12) Which gift does your beloved have in a special way: wisdom, faith, the ability to heal, industriousness, intuition, decision making skills, communication? Affirm him or her.

January 17, 2018

After you are blessed with a child (or children), you may think you don’t have time or money for a regular date night. Do it anyway. Think of it as an investment in your marriage.

January 16, 2017

The early years of marriage require adjustments and compromises. “My way is the right way” will only lock you into fights. Make sure it’s not always you or your spouse yielding to the will of the other.

January 15, 2018

Couples separated by distance have blessings and challenges. Absence can make the heart grow fonder, but it can also cause loneliness and temptations. Plan ways to keep close even when you’re far away.

January 14, 2018

“How do you know me?” (John 1:48) While learning about the other person is generally associated with the dating period, continuing to ask and learn about your spouse is an essential part of marriage. Ask questions. Tell stories. Keep learning about your beloved.

January 13, 2018

Are you in the post-holiday doldrums? Go out of your way to do something nice for your spouse or for a person in need. Love chases away gloom!

January 12, 2018

Are you a talker while your beloved is quieter – or vice-versa? Are you happy with the balance you have in conversation? If yes, continue to cultivate good communication. If not, talk about it – but make sure the quieter one starts.

Pope Reflects on the Holy Family, Calls on Parents to Help Children Grow

On the final day of 2017, the feast of the Holy Family, Pope Francis took time before the Angelus to reflect on Mary and Joseph, who dedicated the baby Jesus to God and watched Him grow in wisdom. Parents, he says, have a special role in teaching their children and helping them to mature.

January 11, 2018

(Reader Tip) Praying together as a couple and a family has carried us through some tough years. We always try to attend Mass together.

Pope Exhorts Parents to Nurture Their Children’s Joy

On December 17, the Holy Father held an audience with children, parents, and volunteers at Santa Marta’s Pediatric Dispensary. Before enjoying a pizza with the children in honor of his birthday, Pope Francis called on parents to nurture their children’s joy, give them time to talk with their grandparents, and teach them how to pray.

Celebrate National Marriage Week 2018

Celebrate National Marriage Week 2018

National Marriage Week (Feb. 7-14) is a great time to support marriage! Here are some resources that can help, including a seven day virtual retreat.

January 10, 2018

(Reader Tip) Compromise, saying “yes,” and the occasional “you look beautiful” have made the last 26 years together a walk in the park.

January 9, 2018

Yesterday we celebrated the Baptism of the Lord. Do you know the date of your baptism, and that of your children? Consider celebrating those dates and pray today for further graces of Baptism in your lives.

Love at Foresight

Megan and I don’t have a riveting first meeting for the story of our romance; unlike most romantic couples, we were both discerning celibate vocations when we first met. There was no flame available to be ignited and no love at first sight to be had because neither of us really had our eyes open. […]

Guided Hearts

Hello! As the soon-to-be “Mr. and Mrs. Philip,” we are excited to share our journey of engagement and marriage with you throughout 2018. We’re amazed at how God has directed our paths. We were both born in Chicago, IL and grew up in adjacent suburbs of Dallas, TX. We finally met in Washington, DC while […]

January 8, 2018

“And a voice came from the heavens, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” (Mark 1:11) Let your spouse know when you are proud of them and why. It is important to show that you recognize what they are doing for you, your family, and others. They will appreciate your recognition […]

January 7, 2018

“Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” (Mt 2:11) Do you and your family support the Church or any charities financially? If you are not in a position to donate money, offer gifts to the Lord through your service to others.

January 6, 2018

“Behold, Magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem.” (Mt 2:2). The wise still seek Jesus. What gifts of wisdom do you possess? A lesson learned from your childhood? A proverb that steers your life? A virtue you’ve cultivated?

January 5, 2018

Do you have a regular date night? It’s one of the keys to a satisfying marriage. It doesn’t have to involve money or going out but it should be a time set aside for meaningful conversation (not about money or the kids) and fun.

January 4, 2018

Now that the busyness of Christmas is starting to die down, why not start the new year right by planning a regular weekly family night? Be creative about spending some quality time together for wholesome bonding.  

January 3, 2018

“On the 10th Day of Christmas my true love gave to me – 10 Lords-a-Leaping.” Leap to each other’s needs today. Try to find a new way to serve your spouse.

It’s Not You: 27 (Wrong) Reasons You’re Single

Author Sara Eckel, a single thirty-something woman, presents 27 reasons given to single people for why they are not yet married and 27 stories from people who have heard these reasons. Whether you are currently single or married, this book offers a fresh and honest perspective on living as a single person that is sure to resonate.

January 2, 2018

“On the 9th Day of Christmas my true love gave to me – 9 Ladies Dancing.” When’s the last time you and your spouse have danced impromptu in the living room? Try it today – and see if it doesn’t make you smile!

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