“It’s the unexpected that changes our lives.—Anonymous


Fear. It can stop you in your tracks. 

When navigating life, there are times when something is not feeling right and you know it. This can catch you by surprise and fear begins to seep into your thoughts.

Taking control during situations where the unknown can occur can be hard. You don’t know if you should be “reactive” or simply not panic. 

No matter what has happened, you may just find that you are doing things like: 

  • Spending time with your loved ones.
  • Giving your spouse extra hugs.
  • Making sure to say “I love you”.

And while that is all perfectly normal, it’s also important that you stop and gather your thoughts. Acknowledging the fear that you have and the emotions that go with it are okay. It’s not healthy to isolate yourself because fear is a crazy emotion. Fear will have you by yourself faster than you can say “I’m scared”.

That’s why when the unknown strikes, it’s important to seek help. No matter if you turn to friends, pastors, medical professionals or a counselor you need to find someone to talk through what is happening. 

Every year has its challenges. Some years (like this most recent one) have more than others. The unknown has been a constant in your life. This has been a year where due to uncertainty many of us have felt like we’ve had less control over our lives.

From mandates and lockdowns to a whole slew of events. There have been many times when it has felt like you might not know what will happen next.

When it comes to your marriage, you have the ability to take a stand and ask yourself, “What can I do?”. From this one simple question can begin to unfold. What can you do to support yourself when the unexpected happens?

Fear is impairing in so many aspects of our lives. Although it is the challenges in life that make us all stronger, when it comes to fear, it’s best for you to not go it alone. 

Navigating your marriage after an unexpected crisis is a journey. It’s about creating a strategy that is in place before you need it. Don’t wait until the crisis takes place, look at your 6 Pillars of Intimacy and create your strategy.

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