How has your relationship with your husband been lately? The good news is, no matter how bad things have been, there is always hope that things can improve. Whether you’re doing okay but things aren’t as spicy as they once were or you don’t remember the last time you weren’t fighting, here are three ways to improve your marriage this year that are sure to help.
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Nothing makes moving forward harder than feeling like you’re stuck in the past. If you or your husband have been carrying around unforgiveness over events from the past, make 2015 the year you finally let them go. Identify the things you have yet to forgive, stop bringing them up, realize everyone makes mistakes, make peace with what has happened, and don’t be afraid to see a counselor if you need to.
When it comes to a good marriage, communication is key. Not only do you have to learn how to communicate your expectations and desires in order for the other person to have a chance at fulfilling them, but you have to learn how to communicate in a way that doesn’t lead to misunderstandings and hurt feelings as well.
If you and your spouse are poor communicators, understand that learning to communicate takes time. There will likely be many hurt feelings and misunderstandings along the way. But as you get to know each other and learn how to speak in a loving way, the process gets much easier.
Whether your marriage is happy or struggling, every day you have the choice to decide if your glass is half empty or half full. Instead of focusing on all the things your spouse does wrong, be intentional about finding and acknowledging all of the things he does right. Whether that includes taking the trash out, packing his own lunch to save money, calling to check in throughout the day or spending quality time with your children so you can have a break, be sure to acknowledge and appreciate him every time you have a chance. It will do wonders for your marriage.
Marriage is hard! But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Make 2015 your best year yet by intentionally implementing these three strategies.
Things might get a little rocky at first as you begin new habits, but keep up the hard work long enough, and you won’t believe how strong your marriage can become.
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Teacher turned work-at-home mom, Brittany loves using her words to help people improve their faith, marriage and parenting. And with one awesome husband and two very rambunctious little boys, she’s always got a lot to say! In addition to writing for Love and Marriage, she also owns her own site, Equipping Godly Women, where she regularly shares helpful tips, tricks and encouragement to help women be the amazing women God created them to be.