504: LONELINESS IN MARRIAGE

“The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved.” Mother Theresa

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Loneliness is sometimes a topic that is hard to bring up because it has more causes than solutions. In marriage it is a real thing, and it is more common than people think. 

Loneliness is more than a feeling that lies on the surface of your life. It’s a profoundly distressing experience. Connected to both the quality and quantity of the relationships around you, it can also be confusing. You may wonder how you can be married to someone that you love and care about but still feel disconnected at the same time. 

486: YOU NEED TO FIX OUR MARRIAGE

“Marriage is like home maintenance. When the smoke detector starts beeping you fix it. You don’t buy a new house.” —Amy Miller

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I need to fix our marriage, what about you???”

It’s easy to snap to the defensive when you hear an accusation such as “You need to fix our marriage”, and yet we want you to pause and reconsider for a moment.

471: THE DANGER OF ISOLATION

“Isolation is the enemy of improvement.” —Tony Wagner

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Isolation is a powerful weapon that can destroy even the best of projects, people, and relationships. We were not meant to live in isolation because of how damaging the effects can be.

Healthy relationships tie us together with other people who can support, encourage and equip us to grow.

453: FEAR IS CRIPPLING MARRIAGES

“When we invite fear, doubt or worry to occupy seats in the boardroom of our heart, all kinds of things can wreck the joy of our marriages.” —Anonymous

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Fear is a natural human emotion. It has a biological purpose to enable us to perceive danger and make wise choices. But it creeps way beyond its healthy place and is wreaking havoc on marriages around the world today.

Fear is not always met with a rapid heartbeat and beads of sweat. It’s often the silent weight that you carry that keeps you behind, walking through life and marriage instead of leaping. Being stuck in the past, or overly concerned about the future limits how you can experience the present. Quite simply, fear steals your joy.