10 Things Successful Couples Do
Then, in response to a question about divorce, Jesus continued:
"He said to them, 'Because of your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery.'" Matthew 19:8-9
One way to make that lifelong commitment stick is to pray over your marriage. Checkout 30 Prayers to Pray Over Your Marriage. Some of the best newlywed advice I've read is found here Marriage Advice for Future Me.
What if I'm Struggling With This Lifelong Commitment?
A lifelong commitment in a marriage relationship is a beautiful thing. It's a gift! Unfortunately, not everyone is blessed with this gift. You may be one that is struggling in a marriage relationship right now, and you're not sure where it's going. Recently, I came across this list of 10 Things Successful Couples Do by Mitch Temple and I was inspired by it! I thought I'd share them with you here today.
But first, let me tell you a little bit about the author: Mitch Temple writes for Focus On The Family and holds graduate degrees in counseling and marriage/family therapy. He has served as a pulpit and counseling pastor, specializing in crisis, business and marriage-and family-related issues. He is also the author or co-author of five books, including The Marriage Turnaround and HELP! My Spouse and I Are Drifting Apart. He's a published author in various professional journals as well. Mitch and his wife, Rhonda, have been married for over 30 years and have 3 grown children.
I hope this inspiring list of 10 Things Successful Couple Do is an encouragement to you today, and if you're working at one of those lifelong commitments, I hope it makes that commitment even sweeter!
10 Things Successful Couples Do
Today, we want to hear your lifelong commitment stories. If you've seen one or been blessed to be a part of one, please share your story with us.
11/12/2019 09:08:17 am
Great advice! We're coming up on our 40 year anniversary, and I can "Amen" much of this.
11/12/2019 03:19:48 pm
Yea, Barbara! You have certainly been blessed. We too are coming up on our 40th in a couple of years. Aren't we supposed to go on a cruise to Alaska or something like that? LOL Seriously though, it is a true blessing which I do not deserve. God has been good to me.
11/12/2019 11:14:39 am
All of these. 100% YES.
11/12/2019 03:20:52 pm
I love Mitch's 10 points, Rebecca. They are spot on no matter how long you've been married!
11/12/2019 04:44:32 pm
My husband carries a miniature copy of our marriage vows in his wallet. That has meant so much to me. Thanks for sharing these 10 things. Getting our attitudes right is often a huge part of the battle.
11/14/2019 02:44:45 pm
That is so special, Lisa—a miniature copy of your marriage vows! You are so right, attitude is a huge part of it. Most of the time, if there is a problem, I need to check my attitude first.
11/12/2019 04:50:05 pm
After 45 years of marriage, I'd also add that marriage needs intentional acts of kindness, and recognizing the small blessings builds greater satisfaction. Thanks, Patsy!
11/14/2019 02:46:23 pm
45 years! WoW! That's great!!! Being intentional is so much a part of it. I think a lot of times we just start taking each other for granted and we can't ever let that happen. Thanks for that reminder, Alice!
11/12/2019 06:50:27 pm
Thank you Joanne! It is the truth, but funny how often we just keep doing the same old things (especially in our relationships) and expect different results.
11/13/2019 09:32:32 am
"Marriage is often about fighting the battle between your ears." So true for much of life
11/13/2019 11:34:00 am
Funny how our minds can play those tricks on us, Debbie, trying to make us doubt the truth and believe the lies. Prayers for wisdom.
11/13/2019 01:58:07 pm
Thanks, Jana! I love Mitch's 10 points as well. They are spot on, challenging and great reminders.
11/13/2019 12:56:05 pm
Love this! Def sharing and pinning!!!
11/13/2019 01:58:37 pm
Thank you, Angela! :)
11/14/2019 07:37:51 am
Welcome to InstaEncouragements, Natalie. So glad you stopped by! I for sure need to pay attention to ALL the points! Good stuff here from Mitch.
11/13/2019 05:00:51 pm
11/14/2019 07:40:58 am
Welcome to InstaEncouragements, Bev! Funny how that #7 happens, much like when we pray. So much of prayer ends up changing me, not my circumstances, and marrying someone you hope to change is a deep, deep hole to dig yourself out of!
11/13/2019 05:59:28 pm
So much wisdom in this top 10. laurensparks.net
11/14/2019 07:42:28 am
There IS a lot of wisdom here, Lauren! And a lot we need to pay attention to.
11/14/2019 07:45:29 am
Happily ever after... that's what we all talk about and hope for, but that is not reality. Happiness comes and goes and we need to be prepared for the happy times as well as the unhappy times and know that when those unhappy times come, they are just part of the journey—just a chapter, not the whole book. Congrats on your 41 years!!!
11/14/2019 11:29:59 am
These are great!
11/14/2019 01:11:49 pm
They are, Susan! And I found a few I need to work on. Even a good marriage needs constant work.
Mother of 3
11/14/2019 03:42:29 pm
Lots of great advice here.
11/15/2019 09:26:28 am
Yes, even if you've got a good marriage, there are still a great deal of excellent points here we can implement into our relationships to make them go from good to great!
11/15/2019 09:26:56 am
Thanks so much, Sue! :)
11/15/2019 10:52:29 am
Oh, boy! "The grass is always greenest where you water it" is SO true! The more I invest in my marriage, the better it gets! December marks 31 years of watering the grass :).
2/10/2021 12:44:20 am
Thank you for sharing with me that healthy couples understand that marriage is a lifelong commitment. My sister mentioned that she is planning to get married. I will speak with her prior her marriage and remind her of the responsibilities of lifelong commitment.
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