Archive for ‘Daily Marriage Tip’
The internet and social media can enrich our lives, but they can also threaten your marriage. It’s not only pornography or finding old flames on Facebook, but also the time taken from interaction with your beloved. Agree on mutual limits to screen time.
“Jesus said to them, ‘Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.’” (Mk 1:17) Christ is continually calling us to follow him. To what is He calling you and your spouse to right now?
St. Francis de Sales’ spiritual classic, “Introduction to the Devout Life,” was written to encourage men and women to live holy lives in the midst of their daily occupations. Remember: you are called to holiness!
(Reader’s Tip) Every anniversary we write love letters to each other and take a “couple” picture. Put them together in a binder to treasure for years to come.
Today on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we remember the lives lost to abortion. The family is the “sanctuary of life.” Pray with your family for an end to abortion, and for those grieving a child lost to abortion.
The National Marriage Project identified 10 key factors linked to successfully combining marriage and parenthood. The last three are: the support of friends and family, a sound economic foundation, and quality family time. Which is your weakest?
(Reader’s 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.
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.
“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.
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.
“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.
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.
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!
(Reader’s Tip) Praying together as a couple and a family has carried us through some tough years. We always try to attend Mass together.
“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 […]
Tomorrow is 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.
(Reader’s Tip) Compromise, saying “yes,” and the occasional “you look beautiful” have made the last 26 years together a walk in the park.
Maybe your marriage is feeling wear and tear these days. Don’t throw in the towel! Try Retrouvaille or The Third Option. If you don’t need it, pass the information on to a couple who does.
Do you have a regular date night? It’s one of the keys to a satisfying marriage. It needn’t always involve money or going out but it should be a time set aside for meaningful conversation (not about money or the kids) and fun.
“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 to which you’ve struggled to be true?
The National Marriage Project identified 10 key factors linked to successfully combining marriage and parenthood. The first four are: shared housework, satisfying marital intimacy, marital generosity, and date nights. Do you have these covered?
“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.
“On the 10th Day of Christmas my true love gave to me – 10 Lords-a-Leaping.” Leap to each other’s needs today. “No honey, let me serve YOU.” Laugh over the silliness of each trying to “out serve” the other.
“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!
“And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.” (Lk 2:19) It’s a new year – a chance to start over. What’s one change you’d like to make for the better? Tell your spouse. He/she can keep you honest and accountable.