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I’m not a marriage expert.
But, for whatever reason, I’ve seen a lot of close-up relationships that didn’t make it. I’m not in their shoes, and I’m not here to judge.
But, if there is one pattern I’ve noticed, it’s that the adversary attacks marriage with stealth. That means, in order to combat his efforts, the key is to work through things before they reach the point of critical mass.
Do you intentionally
- check in with your spouse about your marriage, connection, and relationship?
- grow yourself and face up to how your baggage affects the people in your life?
- notice the positive and remember the good?
- tackle each other’s burdens together?
- communicate your expectations and priorities, rather than assuming or wishing for more?
- spend meaningful time together?
- leave and cleave and commit to being on each other’s team?
— Not when things go bad, but on a daily, regular basis, even when things are going well?
In today’s episode, I talk about what some of these practices look like in my own marriage, and introduce the following three habits to help you cultivate a resilient marriage:
- Recognize that duty is romantic. (A.K.A. Commitment is romantic.)
- Make emotional intimacy non-negotiable. (Making time to connect is not just nice; it’s necessary.)
- Know and grow who you are. (Continue to develop your unique strengths and talents. Own your weaknesses.)
Episode One-Liner: Choosing each other is a daily habit, not a one-time event.
Episode Action Item: The 10-minute challenge!! Spend 10 minutes every day in high quality, uninterrupted, unplugged, meaningful conversation with your spouse.