Archive for ‘Marriage Resource Center’
(Especially for newlyweds) The early years are usually full of adjustments and new traditions. Are there any customs from your families of origin (such as how you celebrate holidays or how you vacation) that you need to discuss, and find compromises?
With so many responsibilities – caring for your family, work, tending to the house, etc. – there are many things to worry and stress about. Entrust them to God and find peace; He will deliver you.
(Reader’s Tip) Wake up each morning vowing to make the decision to love your spouse no matter what. When you feel anger or negativity, look at your spouse and remember your decision to love.
Sometimes married couples feel they have to fish for compliments or for those magic words, “I love you.” Can you be the first to say them to your beloved today? If you missed being first, try being the last.
How can you support your spouse or child if they want to change a bad habit? Say or write the goal out loud as a start. Join them in the process. Help them set a reward and consequence. Don’t rescue, but be there to comfort if they don’t succeed – yet!
(Reader’s Tip) It’s important to remember your priorities in your marriage. Never sweat the small things that may get on your nerves about your spouse.
Remember your first real date? Can you recreate it in some way this week – go to the same place? Watch the same movie? At the least, reminisce together.
True love goes much deeper than physical attraction, but there is also a physical dimension to feeling loved. Share what you find especially attractive about your beloved’s appearance.
The peace Jesus promises us often comes through forgiving your spouse when he or she hurts you. Is there something you’re finding hard to forgive? Take it to Jesus in prayer, and ask for His peace.
Is there an older married couple whom you admire? What one or two things have you learned from them?
Are you a “Doubting Thomas?” Sometimes we doubt our beloved’s good intentions; sometimes we doubt our ability to live up to our commitments. Trust takes time, forgiveness and trying again.
“Children are never a mistake,” says Pope Francis. Yet all too often, children experience sufferings that demean their worth. What can you do to help?
Politeness and good manners are not just for adults and job interviews. Teach your children basic courtesy, greetings, and not to interrupt. It can make everyone’s life at home more peaceful. Model it with your spouse.
Chivalry and the art of politeness may seem out of vogue these days. A little romantic courtliness, however, can counter taking each other for granted. Just for fun, see who can “out-polite” the other.
Dating your spouse is crucial to a happy marriage. Gerald and Michelle, founders of Date to Door, explain why dating is so important and give advice for how to do it.
When married couples let God’s light shine through the cracks of their imperfect lives, they become an attractive role model for others, says Tim in this new post.
Many married couples’ lives are hectic. Take a rest break today. Yes, you may have responsibilities, but if you can’t find time to rest today, commit to doing it some day this week. Rest in each other’s arms for a moment, or an hour.
The written word often carries more weight than talking, perhaps because it takes more effort and there is a record of the words. Why not write a love poem or limerick for your beloved? Not a writer? Search the Internet for a poem that reflects your feelings.
He is risen! Alleluia! Today on this most holy of days, celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus with your family: a special meal, songs, prayers. Celebrate the freedom from sin and death we have in Jesus!
Holy Saturday is an “in-between day.” Jesus’s followers were grief-stricken and afraid. They did not yet know of the Resurrection. Ponder a time in your marriage when you were unsure and afraid of the future. Sometimes we just have to wait to understand.
Jesus’s love for us ultimately took the form of sacrificing His life for us on the Cross. What’s the hardest sacrifice you’ve ever made for your beloved? May the memory of this sacrifice unite you more closely to each other and God.
Holy Thursday is when we remember the institution of the Eucharist. “This is my Body; this is my Blood.” As Jesus gives His life for our nourishment, so spouses are called to give themselves to each other. What are you holding back? Take it to prayer.
Laughter, when shared, is a healing balm. Share jokes today. Does your family have any stories about family foibles that get repeated at family gatherings? It doesn’t matter that it’s embarrassing; it becomes family mythology!
Before Easter arrives, is there anything for which you need to ask your spouse’s forgiveness? Ask your spouse, and encourage him or her to do the same.
Emily Macke compares and summarizes the “Keys to a happy and long-lasting marriage” put forth by multiple media outlets. Retirees, most of whom have been married for over 40 years, share their tips on how to have happy marriages.