Marriage looks wonderfully endearing to the single individual who has never married, and probably to the divorced man or woman who hankers for anything to arrest their longing for companionship or sexual release, but marriage for practically all of us is quite a hard work at times. (And I can say this even as a representative of my wife!). We carry so much of ourselves into our marriages – which is each a good and a negative point.
We deliver in expectations of currently being ‘met’ by our partners: that they will satisfy us sexually, not devote also significantly funds, not look for to handle us, that they will want to commit time with us. We also deliver in expectations of what our partners must bring to us: their virtues of diligence and moderation and sanctity and kindness – to title just 4. We are disappointed when they don’t measure up to our previously unconscious expectations – that have now grow to be conscious due to our encroaching annoyance.
Lord Help Me Save My Marriage
On the other hand, if both spouses are at least willing to try to save the marriage and mature enough to recognize that at least some of the blame might be their own, marriage counseling has a good chance of helping save the relationship. So how does marriage counseling work anyway? Well, many times, couples are so involved in the problems in their marriage they can’t really see what’s causing them.
Here’s an example. Suppose I asked my husband to stop at the grocery store on his way home from work to pick up a few groceries. He forgets! I greet him at the door and discover him empty-handed. If fighting were my typical response, I would nag him about forgetting and accuse him of not caring about me. This would be a verbal attack, which is just one way of fighting. This is PEACE BREAKING.
This article addresses some things we know about relationships, what works and doesn’t work in relationships, and offers two alternatives for creating healthier marriages.
And life of my partner wasn’t any better. We were at each other’s hair all the time and this started to affect not just my family life, but also my professional life. I found it very hard to concentrate because my mind constantly busy worrying about my marriage.
In every case it was an incremental change over time, the moment of peace, joy and content didn’t simply occur in an instant. To feel better start by feeling better. Again reflect on those positive events when feeling most alive and fulfilled. Does that conjure up positive feelings from the past? Focus on that joy and content, shifting attention away from what isn’t right about the current situation.
Conflicts often make couples feel bad particularly when they can’t meet halfway. Some can dwell on it for a long time to the point of giving them stress and depression although others can recover from their fight soon after they’ve expressed their views and emotions.
Can This Marriage Be Saved Stories
The following are some of the most common relational aspects that serve as catalysts to stir up the fires of conflict. Money – This is clearly a necessity that is not limitless. Not having enough cash – or not agreeing on how to budget your finances is the single most common topic of marital strife.
Expectations on our partners might be effortlessly reversed as we look for to comprehend God’s expectations of us in the marriage. God may well assume us to recognize our partners’ expectations – and not merely to know them (notwithstanding how peculiar they may be to us) – but to wrestle with our personal ability, want and capacity to meet their expectations.
Not long ago a mother confided in me (after a number of conversations) that after 32 years of marriage she was actually flipping because she was comparing her daughter’s marriage with hers and she saw her daughter happier than she had herself ever been. She was actually contemplating divorce to find someone that would provide her with what she thought was missing in her life.
When you are safe with your partner, warmth, playfulness, affection and sexuality tend to emerge naturally. When you are not safe, there is distance, hiding, criticism, fighting, etc. Instead, we tell the other person that they are the ones with the problem thus infuriating and alienating them further in the process.
Along with the right mindset, you also need to be doing the right things, so, if you’re not sure about what you are doing, consider stepping back and reflecting upon your intended actions, and possibly ask yourself (again empowering questions): “Will this serve my marriage? Will it increase my chances of success?” if the answer is no, then maybe consider an alternate action.
Find solutions where both people get what they want. Compromise can leave people foaming at the mouth because it can mean that they have to sacrifice what they want to accommodate their partner. Be willing to think outside the box and find new ways forward to accommodate each partner’s wishes.
So if your partner criticizes you and you had some history with a critical parent or older brother or sister or teacher, your Old Brain may react emotionally and reactively as though you were once again living with and dealing with that old critic. This can happen even when you consciously know that your partner is different than the old critic and you are now an adult, not a child.
They can’t figure out what to do differently. Most of the time people don’t know how to successfully communicate and productively solve problems together. This is one reason why 75% of all new marriages end up either in separation or divorce, or unhappily staying wed.
One thing almost no one knows about saving a marriage, is that conflict is good for your relationship. The one lesson I wish I had learned years ago is that conflict is an opportunity. It is one of the few ways to resolve differences, change people’s hearts rather than their circumstances, and bring two people closer together than they were before.
Communicate, communicate, communicate, Don’t make your spouse have to be a mind reader. As in business and among friends, poor communication (usually the lack of communication) is commonly the cause of many conflicts in personal relationships. Talk with your spouse and then talk again. Intimacy by communication is highly valued by wives.
Consequently, I never knew my father – a reality that I regret to this day.) Responsibility, Married couples often find themselves fighting over the distribution of common, everyday responsibilities. These range from cooking and cleaning to shopping, budgeting and bringing home the lion’s share of the income.
When you flip that calendar over at the beginning of each month, and you start to schedule out your “To Do’s” for the month, make reserving a “Date Night” with your spouse the first item to be scheduled. Stay committed to at least one “Date Night” per month.
I am not saying you should become like a puppet to your partner without a will of your own. There are certain things that cannot be compromised. For example, having an affair is not allowed and physical abuse cannot be tolerated. But in a marriage, these non-negotiable things are few. In most things a certain degree of compromise is possible and even crucial in saving your marriage.
Finance: This plays a major role in relationships and marriages. A case where the other partner spends without consideration always creates problems in the home, sometimes leading to separation or even divorce.