5 Oct


Question #1.  How can a young couple best handle the inevitable challenges of the first five years of marriage?

Answer #1.  Some of the more common areas of conflict most couples face early on include: finances, in-laws, spiritual growth together, the roles of husband and wife, where to attend church, and conflict resolution.  Consider a few pointers that will go a long way toward helping you and your spouse handle these challenges:

1.  During your first years of marriage, I’d strongly recommend that you ask a more mature couple to mentor you.

 Habits are formed early in marriage, so why not ask someone who’s a bit further down the road to train both of you.

2.  When  you married, you began a life-long commitment to love and forgiveness.  

Remain committed.  Love always.  Remember,  “Love covers a multitude of sins” (1Pet.4:8).

3.  Your marriage won’t grow without communication and understanding.  

You’ll know you understand your spouse when you can verbally express your mate’s actual needs and desires, and he or she agrees with that expression.  Guys, seek to understand your wives.   Ladies, help him to understand you.

4.  Walk a mile in your mate’s shoes.  

Accept God’s provision, knowing that He has an agenda for your life even through unmet expectations.

5.  Don’t give up on your dreams.  

While all the things you imagined your marriage to be may not come true, God may have a new dream for you.  talk about your dreams.  Then dream together.

NOTE:  This article is from the “Family Life Marriage Bible” by Dennis and Barbara Rainey

NOTE:  Daily there is a new post to help your marriage be a success.

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