Life is unpredictable and as a result, we need to say our love and show our love daily to our spouse.
When our children were little and we wanted their attention, we would put our hands on both sides of their faces so that they would have to give us undistracted eye contact. Why?
In our work with couples we see a fairly equal number of men and women who yield to temptation and throw their marriage and all that they once held dear in jeopardy.
Several years ago we went on a cruise with some other family members. It was idyllic with the sea breezes, fun excursions at various ports-of-call, and time to focus on relationships.
When our children were young, they would invariably show their dark side and cause some infraction toward one another.
When we were dating we had a kissing contest with another couple who is now on the board of Build Your Marriage.
Have you ever said something and had your spouse totally misunderstand what you were trying to say? And then they responded based on what they THINK they heard, but it was all wrong?
In order to build your marriage, you must be committed to being intentional. A good marriage doesn’t just happen over time, it is cultivated.
It was St. Francis of Assisi who prayed, “Grant that I may not so much seek to be understood, as to understand….” This simple prayer and perspective would prevent a majority of conflicts in marriage.
Do you want to communicate but can’t? Is it tough to connect and get into their heart? Do these communication scenarios sound familiar? “I just can’t seem to get through!