I’m very big on marraige, and on doing everything we can to protect, support, and improve our marriages. One great way to do that is to do a marriage study with a four to seven other couples. If you have someone with a long term solid marraige who can facilitate that’s great, but don’t let a lack of that stop you. There are some great books out there that work for this – agree on a book, decide how to break up the chapters, read the chapter ahead of time, and then meet weekly to discuss what you have read and kick it around. When we do this we generally start with a meal and end with prayer – sometimes all of us together for prayer, sometimes split by gender.
In the past we have done this with by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs’ “Love and Respect“*. Next week we are starting a group that will be using Tony & Alisa DiLorenzo’s “Stripped Down“* book on the many forms of marital intimacy. If you are quick, you can form a group to do a study before Christmas – or, start working now for a group to meet after the new year.
[* Paid referrer notes: The link for Love and Respect is an Affiliate link, the link for Stripped down is not. My bride and I did receive a review copy of Stripped Down, and we have recommended the book because we were impressed with the material.]
Links to blog posts that stood out to me this last week:
Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage
There Ain’t No Easy Button: What, just asking God to make it happen is not enough?
Are Too Many Choices Leading to Unhappiness?: This is a subject I have read a good deal about, but blogged very little about. Lori does a great job with it in this post.
Bypass Your Conflict to Jumpstart Love Again: A very interesting idea here, and one that will certainly appeal to the “that’s in the past” crowd. I’d love to see some data on when it tends to work, and when it does not.
The Marry Blogger
Talk to Me Like I’m Someone You Love: Great idea – I want the t-shirt!
How a Meal Can Improve Your Marriage: Great post, and I agree 100%.
The Romantic Vineyard
Fragrant Aroma: Weakness: Debi shares from her life to teach a great lesson. Get well fast, Debi!
Fruit of the Spirit: Patience or Long-Suffering: Another in the fruit of the Spirit series – the one we all want RIGHT NOW!.
The Secret to Comforting Your Spouse: A great guest post with some spot on advice.
Passion, Hard Work and Good Intentions Aren’t Enough: Dustin puts put another MUST READ post.
You Cannot Not Communicate: “Communication problems happen because you don’t like what the other person has to say. ” – Love this MUST READ post by Corey. If you think you have “communication problems” – PLEASE read this post, and read it more than once!