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    wwJd - 6-10-16

    Can Marriage Work in this Day and Age?


    The institution of marriage arguably carries a heavier weight of pressures and expectations in the present age than it has in any time previous. Spouses don’t just partner up for purely economic and procreative purposes — they expect to be romantic lovers, best friends, co-parents, and sometimes even business partners.

    Balancing all of those roles might seem like a burden, and it certainly can be. Husbands and wives may both be working — and not just one job, but several. There are kids to raise and schedules to juggle. Family members can end up feeling like ships passing in the night.

    But modern marriage is also an incredible opportunity — one that, if managed right, can be an unending source of joy and satisfaction. It’s the two of you, against the world, building your world.

    But if you want to plan and tackle life’s greatest adventures side-by-side, you’ve got to stay in-sync and work effectively as a team. As marriage therapist Marcia N. Berger puts it:

    “the art of marriage is really the art of keeping up to date with your partner, of staying on track with your own and each other’s life goals as they emerge, exist, and change. It is about supporting each other and staying connected emotionally, intellectually, physically, and spiritually.”

    So how do you stay connected on all those levels?

    Enter the weekly marriage meeting.

    Berger suggests holding a weekly 30-minute meeting with your spouse that’s broken into four parts: Appreciation (expressing gratitude to your spouse), Chores (making sure to-dos are getting done), Plan for Good Times (scheduling date nights, as well as individual and family activities), and Problems/Challenges (addressing conflicts/issues/changes in the relationship and in life in general).

    The structure of the marriage meeting is designed to rekindle your romance, solidify your friendship, nip potential conflicts in the bud, and help you smoothly run your household economy.

    If you’ve already got a great marriage, then marriage meetings will enhance it.

    If your marriage has been struggling, the meetings can help you get your relationship back on track.

    Credits to: Brett & Kate McKay

    So what would Jesus Do? Well, He is married to ‘the church’, the body, us. Perhaps a daily meeting might be in order?

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