Below are a variety of options to help you take next steps in your marriage:
RANDOM TIPS THAT COULD HELP YOUR MARRIAGE
Everyone is busy. Interact with each other more. Start a hobby together. Do more things together....like cooking...or at least have a discussion for what pizza toppings to order.
Schedule Date Nights regularly. Set up a contract with babysitters if needed. Even if your date night is at home, spend time together with no phones, kids, tv or distractions.
Respect each other. If someone smells what you dealt, don't blame it on your wife.
Encourage each other. The lawn doesn't mow itself. Say thank you.
While Pronto Pups and G & L dogs are good, you might need to plan a better anniversary dinner.
Pick your battles. You might not like his decorating with "all thing antlers" or her "foo foo duvet cover" (whatever that is). It's not always worth the fight.
If your wife asks - Do I look (fill in the blank)? There's not always a right answer. Sometimes it's best to pretend you're sleeping.
Be giving to each other in all things. If you both are giving, then you both are getting.
Pray together. As you take next steps with God, you'll take steps to be closer together.
BOOKS ABOUT NEXT STEPS IN YOUR MARRIAGE
THE BIBLE & MARRIAGE
Quiet Times for Couples by H. Norman Wright – a couple’s guide to spending time with God
Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas – spiritual perspective of a biblical marriage
Surviving a Spiritual Mismatch in Marriage by Lee Strobel
UNDERSTANDING YOUR SPOUSE
For Women Only: What You Need to Know about the Inner Lives of Men by Shaunti Feldhahn
For Men Only: A Straightforward Guide to the Inner Lives of Women by Shaunti & Jeff Feldhahn
Love & Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs
SEX & INTIMACY
JOURNEY MESSAGE SERIES
JOURNEY NIGHT CLASSES
Journey Night Classes are designed to help you take steps in your relationships. Check the brochure for available classes to help your marriage. If there isn't a specific marriage option this semester, just going through a class together can be very beneficial to your relationship.
WINNING AT HOME
Winning At Home encourages people with a variety of resources designed to offer hope and renewal to individual lives, families and marriages. Here's a few of their resources that can help you take steps with your spouse.
Laura L. Ecker, MA, LLPC: firstname.lastname@example.org. ph: 231-730-3239.
Winning at Home Wellness Center 300 S State St, Ste 13, Zeeland, MI 49464. ph: 888-wah-team.
If you are thinking about getting married at The Journey or by one of the Journey Pastors, please check out our wedding policies & pre-marital information HERE.