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Falling in love with your spouse wasn't hard. In fact, it was a completely spontaneous experience. You didn't have to DO anything.
That's why it's called "falling" in love - because it's happening TO YOU.
People in love sometimes say, "I was swept off my feet." Think about the imagery of that expression. It implies that you were just standing there; doing nothing, and then something came along and happened to you. Falling in love is easy. It's a passive and spontaneous experience.
But after a few years of marriage, the euphoria of love fades.
It's the natural cycle of every relationship. Slowly but surely, phone calls become a bother (if they come at all), touch is not always welcome (when it happens), and your spouse's idiosyncrasies, instead of being cute it's corny, drives you nuts.
The symptoms of this stage vary with every relationship,
but if you think about your marriage, you will notice a dramatic difference between the initial stage when you were in love and a much duller or even angry subsequent stage.
At this point, you and/or your spouse might start asking, "Did I marry the right person?" And as you and your spouse reflect on the euphoria of the love you once had, you may begin to desire that experience with someone else. This is when marriages breakdown. People blame their spouse for their unhappiness and look outside their marriage for fulfillment.
Extramarital fulfillment comes in all shapes and sizes. Infidelity is the most obvious.
But sometimes people turn to work, church, a hobby, a friendship, excessive TV, or abusive substances.
But the answer to this dilemma does not lie outside your marriage. It lies within it.
THE KEY TO SUCCEEDING IN MARRIAGE IS NOT FINDING THE RIGHT PERSON; IT'S LEARNING TO LOVE THE PERSON YOU FOUND.......Priceless!
You have to "make" it day in and day out. That's why we have the expression "the labor of love." Because it takes time, effort, and energy. And most importantly, it takes WISDOM. You have to know what to do to make your marriage work.
Here are a few investments suggestions for a stronger marriage....
1. Appreciate that your marriage is sacred (set apart) and special. There isn’t another like it on the planet!
2. Try to remember, life is fleeting, so enjoy your time together in every way.
3. Learn the art of communication through education, prayer, time and much love. No other should be close enough to hold the trusted and coveted role of your ‘Best Friend’ other than your spouse.
4. Couples that hadn’t had a good laugh in awhile. Laugh much and laugh often! Laughter is the joy of Life.
5. Being on the same road is good; being in the same car is even better, when you’re going to the same destination. Have common goals and dreams.
6. There is such peace when trust reigns supreme in your marriage. Try to build a secure and settled life together. Real security is knowing that my spouse accepts me for who I am faults and all.
7. With encouragement, forgiveness, mutual respect and commitment....
Thank you for reading,