5 Tips for Couples Who Want A Happy Marriage
By: Bode Akinola
In years of marriage counseling, I’ve noticed certain problems that tend to be present in almost every marriage that is either in trouble or headed for trouble. Here are some tips that if sincerely followed, would eliminate many of those problems and make your marriage more successful and your faith stronger. Some are practical and some are spiritual. I hope they will all be valuable. 5 Tips for Couples Who Want A Happy Marriage 5 Tips for Couples Who Want A Happy Marriage 5 Tips for Couples Who Want A Happy Marriage
1) Try to avoid eating at restaurants as often as you can. The cumulative cost of eating out all the time is astronomical and will always blow-out your budget, and worries and arguments about money are one of the greatest causes for marital strife. It’s also unhealthy. Buy economical groceries once a week and prepare food. Speaking of budgets, work out a budget and stick to it, doing so will help you to avoid a lifetime of arguments. Simply spending till you don’t have any more money or credit to spend will inevitably make your life and your marriage a mess. 5 Tips for Couples Who Want A Happy Marriage 5 Tips for Couples Who Want A Happy Marriage 5 Tips for Couples Who Want A Happy Marriage
2) Eat your meals together as a family at a table and not in front of the television. Use the time together for discussion and finding out how people are doing. Nothing knits a family together more closely than regular good and edifying conversation.
3) Make sure you are doing family worship (devotions) together every day. Try to attach it to another thing you do habitually like eating. All you really have to do is read the bible, or devotional material based on the bible, and pray together. Get your kids used to this habit. They learn both the importance and manner of worshiping God in the home from their parents, not at church.
4) Make the Lord’s Day a day for rest and worship, not work or frenzied recreation. Spend that day together as a family in bible study, in church, in reading and meditating and resting. Don’t destroy the peace and spiritual growth that comes from a godly Sunday by “planning” all sorts of activities or going out.
5) Here are a few simple rules for friendships. Hang out with people who are good influences, who strengthen your marriage and your faith, rather than pulling both down. Also, never take “relationship” advice, especially when it goes against the desires of your spouse, from people who have failed to keep their own marriages and relationships together. The same goes for parenting – listen to the people who have raised children you’d be happy to have as your own children. Oh, and people of the opposite s*x should never be your “best friends.”