The other day I heard from a gentleman married more than two decades who said, among other things, that he and his wife “felt led to try to support marriages in our church, it grieves us when we see marriages fail simply because no one steps up to help them during hard times. In fact we have taken on counseling younger couples from time to time in our church that are struggling…” I replied, thanked him for what they were doing, and I said “it will take a grass-roots effort to change the marriage culture in our churches, communities, and country.”
Then in the comments on yesterday’s post, Pearl said, “My opinion, changing the church is going to take a grassroots effort. It’ll take utilizing every opportunity in real life to speak up in a gentle way. I know I’m a broken record but I truly believe it takes ladies mentoring ladies and men mentoring men.“
Other marriage bloggers have said the same, and the CMBA has discussed ways to bring about such a grass-roots movement to change Christian marriages for the better.
Here is the good news: You do not need years of training to help marriages! I am all for training, the more the better, but if you have a solid marriage and a desire to help others, you can make a difference. The next few Sundays I am going to write on this in an effort to give many of you the tools to help marriages in your corner of the world.
Are you in?
Great tweet of the week:
Cuddling: how I shield my wife from divorce. @marriageworks
Links to blog posts that stood out to me this last week:
The Generous Wife
Intimacy in Marriage
A Common Sexual Communication Struggle and What to Do About it ◄ This is one of those you might want to carefully share with your bride.
Husbands: Ten Ways to Show Your Wife You Love Her ◄ More good reminders.
18 Things I Love about Trisha Davis (Happy 18th Anniversary) ◄ A great idea for an anniversary, or any time.
It’s Not Rocket Science ◄ Has life happened to your marriage?
The Romantic Vineyard