12 Feb


Question #1.  What steps can we take to build a foundation for a successful marriage?

Answer #1.  Here are  our top five secrets for having a successful marriage:

#1.  Settle the issue of ownership.  Who is going to be Lord of your life and family?  What we give to God is minor compared to  what God has given us.  He has established us exceedingly abundantly beyond all that we could ask or think.  He owns it all!

#2.  Secure your commitment to one another.  Marriage is ultimately a relationship that is established with a promise, your marriage covenant.  Affirm your vows by doing what you promised.

#3.  Pray with your spouse everyday.  I received this secret shortly after Barbara and I were first married.  It has been the cement of our marriage!  The spiritual discipline of praying together has forced us to resolve our conflicts before we go to bed.

#4.  Maintain a teachable heart that seeks and grants forgiveness.  All communication  is the result of trust.  If you’re entertaining bitterness, anger, or unforgiveness in your heart, you can’t communicate on an intimate level.

#5.  Follow a biblical blueprint for marriage.  One reason our conferences help so many couples, whether they’re engaged or have been married for years, is that both the man and woman leave having heard the same set of biblical principles—blueprints that allow God to build that marriage and family.

NOTE:  this article came from “Family Life and Marriage Bible” by Dennis and Barbara Rainey.

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

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