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July 26, 2017

St. Joachim and St. Anne carried the cross of infertility for many years before they were blessed to become the parents of our Blessed Mother. Pray today for married couples still waiting for the blessing of children. #NFPweek


July 25, 2017

“In our experience with Natural Family Planning, I can tell you that I feel so respected and well cared-for by my husband in a big way.” – Sarah, from NFP Couples’ Stories #NFPweek


July 24, 2017

This week is Natural Family Planning Awareness Week. Not sure what NFP is? Already a pro? Either way, check out the NFP resources on the USCCB website and on For Your Marriage #NFPweek


July 23, 2017

“The Spirit too comes to the aid of our weakness.” (Rom 8:26) When a difficult decision looms, e.g. discerning God’s plan for your family, ask the Holy Spirit for guidance. It can be as simple as praying, “Come, Holy Spirit!” #NFPweek


July 22, 2017

(Reader’s Tip) In each challenging situation I strive to remember that this man [my husband] is God’s amazing gift to me, and that God trusts me to love him with the same love God has for us.


July 21, 2017

Doing things together is good, but depending on your personality some spouses can feel smothered. Do you have enough alone time or personal hobbies to refresh your spirit and bring a renewed you and new ideas to your marriage?


July 20, 2017

(Reader’s Tip) Say “thank you,” especially for the little things. It lets your spouse know you noticed and appreciated what they did, no matter how little the task.


July 19, 2017

What’s one admittedly minor thing you want to change about your beloved? No matter how annoying it is, can you let it go? Give your spouse the gift of accepting him or her, quirks included.


July 18, 2017

When your honey is gone for more than a day, how do you stay connected? A nightly phone call? Skype? Email? A treat snuck into the luggage? Praying for each other?


July 17, 2017

(Reader’s Tip) Marriage is until death do us part, not until we have a disagreement. Keep this in mind when you hit rough spots and work through them prayerfully and together.


July 16, 2017

“But some seed fell on rich soil, and produced fruit, a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.” (Mt 13:8) Is your marriage rich soil in which your family can flourish? If you want to do something for your children, do something for your marriage. Children benefit from a strong, loving marriage.


July 15, 2017

“Jesus…began to send them out two by two.” (Mk. 6:7) We are stronger together, in bonds of friendship and community. You too, are sent to your neighbors, your town, your relatives, and the world to heal, to love, to forgive.


July 14, 2017

Teach your child (or a neighbor’s child) a value this weekend but do it without saying a word. Consider faithfulness to a promise, self-control, goodness, gentleness, modesty, chastity. Which of these fruits of the Holy Spirit is the biggest challenge for you?


July 13, 2017

(Reader’s Tip) “My husband leads me to seek God and I lead him to see God in our family.” Recognize the ways in which your spouse is leading you to see God, and thank them.


July 12, 2017

“Absence makes the heart grow fonder,” but “out of sight, out of mind.” Which adage resonates with you more? Do you need to make any adjustments to balance your alone vs. together time?


July 11, 2017

Have you developed any parting or reconnecting habits that confirm your love? A goodbye kiss or welcome home hug is a great start. Save the first five minutes of reconnecting to check in with your spouse.


July 10, 2017

Your family is a community. This means that when one person changes a behavior – for good or for ill – it impacts everyone. If you smile, do a favor, give a compliment, it lifts everyone’s spirits.


July 9, 2017

“I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike.” (Mt 11:25) We are called to praise God in all that we do, but that can be hard in our busy lives. Reflect on […]


July 8, 2017

Want to change your spouse? Change yourself. You might like to make your beloved perfect (in your eyes), but you’ll have more success changing a weakness in yourself. One person’s change sometimes prompts another’s.


July 7, 2017

“For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Cor 12:10) Sometimes spouses can be a thorn in each other’s side. Annoying as this can be, it can also be a path to self-correction and humility. Name your own weaknesses and strengths.


July 6, 2017

St. Maria Goretti was martyred for her fidelity to being pure for Christ. How can you purify your own heart? Pray for the grace to live out purity in your marriage.


July 5, 2017

Do you and your spouse want to connect when you’re apart? Set your phone/watch/computer to ring at an agreed-upon time. Then, even though separated, both pause for a moment, picture your spouse, and pray for each other.


July 4, 2017

How much independence is good in a marriage? Certainly husband and wife should not depend on the other for their identity or self-worth. Interdependence is better. What do you depend on your spouse to do around your home?


July 3, 2017

“As a matter of equality, your surplus at the present time should supply their needs.” (2 Cor 8:13-14) Considering your resources, find someone who has less today. Give them some of your surplus – money, time, or talent.


July 2, 2017

“Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” (Mt 10:39) Christian discipleship and Christian marriage involve laying down your life in love and service. How can you die to self today to better love your family?


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