Friday Funnies [Classics]: All This and We Still Have to Talk…

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Some things never change and that includes God’s Word!

For today’s Friday Funnies clip, we’re going back in the vaults to a classic teaching from Joe’s Marriage Building 101 seminar.

This video is 25 years in the making, but it’s a great reminder for couples who are struggling to connect and communicate.

 

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[Marriage] Two Ticks and No Dog

Have you ever heard the phrase That’s like two ticks and no dog?

We often say that in our marriage seminars when we’re talking about a couple who’s trying to get from each other what only God can give them.

 

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[Marriage] How To Set Boundaries with Family

Why can’t we spend Christmas with my family? How long are your parents going to stay? What did your parent’s say in front of the kids? 

Couples will run into these questions (and more) over the course of their marriage. It’s important to love and honor your in-laws, but it’s also important to set boundaries and establish expectations.

Part of doing that is having a conversation with your spouse and determining how you will approach everything from holidays to overnight visits and more. There are NO set rules. For some people, the more time they can spend with both sets of families the better. For other situations, couples may want to set limits because of distance between homes. It’s not about cutting things out, it’s about finding what works for you and your spouse. Make sure you take their concerns and desires as seriously as you do your own.

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[Marriage] How To Create True Intimacy

 Problem-solving the wrong way can end up in relationship conflict. It’s not about whose idea is best or winning an argument; the goal is to solve a problem.

Listen in as Joe and Denise share the biblical way to problem solve as a couple.

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How to: Communicate with Your Spouse

In marriage, you are going to have to communicate with your spouse all the time. You can’t avoid it if you want to build a strong, healthy relationship.

Talking at and communicating with your spouse are two different things.

DO YOU FALL INTO ONE OF THESE PATTERNS?

Many people fall into the pattern of avoidance. They think that they shouldn’t cause conflict, so they shouldn’t get “real” with their spouse, but that’s not right.

Other people feel that it’s their responsibility to say whatever hits their brain and that’s not right either.

You and your spouse are meant to be a problem solving team. You are a gift from God to each other. You have a responsibility to help each other get better, but you must also remember that they are a child of God and you are to walk in love with them.

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Laugh-and-learn a few tips on communicating with your spouse.

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WORK ON IT

It’s important that you avoid getting offended when your spouse points something out that you could improve. Yes, it’s important for them to do this in love and not in a hurtful manner, but it’s your responsibility to keep the channels of truthful communication open, so they feel comfortable enough to share. In this way, you are both getting better and stronger – together.

 

THE TAKE AWAY

Don’t try to be “nice” because that kind of communication only builds walls between you two. Walk in love because that will build the intimacy needed to create an even stronger, healthier marriage.

Gain the skills you need to give the right response to the right person at the right time – including your spouse.

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(Marriage) How To: Get to the Heart of Communication

One of those most given reasons for divorce in America is, “incompatibility.” In other words, we’re struggling to  know how to talk or how to listen to each other.

The Word of God gives us the solution to the communication problem.

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THE TAKE AWAY

Remember, that you get out what you put in, when it comes to your heart and communication.

Take this week to read Matthew 12:34-35 and list on way you can get more of the “good” in your heart.

Learning to communicate is a skill most of us were born without, but it’s not too late to learn.

Here are some resources to help you gain the skills you need to build successful relationships:

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Building Something: Quality Time

Being married is a privilege! Having someone to share life’s journey together with is a gift. And in spite of all the craziness life can bring, you can have a great, loving, and successful marriage!

It starts with realizing that great marriages don’t just happen. Great marriages are built. The relationship you have with your spouse is the most intimate and precious relationship you will have on this earth. Take time to develop it so you can enjoy life together.

Marriage Building Tip#1

DO THINGS TOGETHER

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Five Tips for Rekindling the Romance

Romance isn’t just about candlelit dinners and roses. Romance is rekindled in little things we do every day to put a little love in the bank.

It’s the kind gestures and the selfless acts that will build intimacy and bring the romance back.

Rekindling the Romance

 

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