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Having Troubles Connecting With Your Spouse Spiritually? Try These 5 Tips

Spirituality can mean many things to individuals. In a marriage, spirituality can be a bond that help the marriage grow or a point of contention. There are couples that argue that their spouse not going to church or pray. Spirituality in marriage really…

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Added by Marie Mertilus on October 17, 2014 at 7:24am — 2 Comments

Looking to Laugh? Inject Your Marriage with Playtime

When was the last time you really play with your spouse?

I’m talking about real fun. Playing, laughing, the kind of play that you…

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Added by Marie Mertilus on October 10, 2014 at 7:12am — 4 Comments

10 Proverbs for Great Marriage Communication

Communication is the key. Studies show countless times that married couples who communicate effectively have more success in their marriages. In addition, couples who communicate have fewer conflicts. In order for communication to be…

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Added by Marie Mertilus on October 3, 2014 at 7:25am — 2 Comments

The ONE Conversation Every Couple Should Have

One of the first questions I ask to couples who engage in counseling for financial unity is “Did you discuss finances prior to marriage?” Surprisingly, many married couples never had an in-depth discussion about their finances prior to marriage. In many…

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Added by Marie Mertilus on September 26, 2014 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Who Will Make The First Move?

A few years back, I was working with a couple that faced a crossroad in their marriage. Both wife and husband saw a need for change, but both spouses made conditional requests before they were willing to give the marriage a chance. Trust in a…

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Added by Marie Mertilus on September 12, 2014 at 7:23am — 1 Comment

Do you understand your spouse’s definition of intimacy?

I participated at a great marriage workshop this past Tuesday. The hot topic of the day was intimacy. Intimacy has been associated and sometime defined as sex. However, sex is not…

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Added by Marie Mertilus on September 5, 2014 at 5:30am — 3 Comments

5 Reasons You Should Lean Into Your Marriage Conflicts

For many couple facing marriage conflicts is like walking on egg shells. Deep down inside, there is a desire to have a healthy marriage. However, most couples look the other way instead of getting acquainted with their marriage problems.…

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Added by Marie Mertilus on August 29, 2014 at 5:47am — 2 Comments

What Will Your Kid Say About Your Marriage?

Your kid will tell a story about your marriage. What will be your story? Your know children are like sponges; they soak up everything that they see and hear. My son will turn 2 years old next month and it is so funny to see him imitating me…

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Added by Marie Mertilus on August 15, 2014 at 6:52am — 2 Comments

Is Your Work or Calling Destroying the Viability of Your Marriage?

I was having a conversation with my husband and he mentioned to me that recently he has encountered many spouses who are placing their marriages at risk. He proceeded to tell that he would never sacrifice the health of our marriage for…

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Added by Marie Mertilus on August 8, 2014 at 7:06am — 3 Comments

How to Give 100% Commitment in Your Marriage

Are you in it for the long haul? Marriages that fail are due to selfishness and lack of commitment.

The honeymoon does not have to end. But you have to put in the work. Just because you said “I do”, you don’t have the right to put your marriage on cruise control. Great marriage requires work and healthy food. Commit to feed your marriage daily. Have a selfless attitude toward your spouse. Remember it is NOT about you.…

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Added by Marie Mertilus on August 1, 2014 at 6:44am — 2 Comments

3 Things Every Successful Intimate Partners Have in Marriage

Without emotional intimacy in a marriage, spouses become two business partners or roommates living under the same roof. When there is emotional intimacy in a marriage spouses feel respected, loved and appreciated. Emotional intimacy provides a sense of security for the marriage. Without emotional intimacy  a marriage is diseased.

How do couples become business…

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Added by Marie Mertilus on July 25, 2014 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

10 Tips To Create a Strong Family Unit

It is in a woman’s nature to create a strong and functional family unit with her spouse. The family unit might differ from home to home. However, commitment, unity, quality time are some family values that most women desired in a mate. Having the desire to have a strong family is one thing, but seeing that desire being fulfilled by a spouse is at the utmost importance. Many couples fail to discuss family commitment…

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Added by Marie Mertilus on July 18, 2014 at 6:19am — 4 Comments

Are Your Internal Obstacles Getting in the Way of Your Happy Marriage?

Henry Ford once said, “The man who thinks he can and the man who thinks he can't are both right. Which one are you?”

The human brain is something spectacular. We marvel at beautiful creatures on earth, in the sky and in the ocean, but no creature on earth has the power of a human being. The difference is just one thing – our brain. We can think and they cannot.

Yet having this unlimited power in our hands, we allow ourselves to succumb to internal obstacles that trickle…

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Added by Marie Mertilus on July 11, 2014 at 7:18am — 8 Comments

Pay the Price



Three married couples we know decided to end their marriages. As a married couple that shared our lives with them, we were heartbroken. Our hearts ached not just because we were friends, but because we realized how much pain…

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Added by Marie Mertilus on June 20, 2014 at 6:50am — 8 Comments

Yes, You Matter, You Wanted and You Are Needed

Father, a simple world with a powerful meaning. But for some it has become a dirty word to the point of creating controversies. On one side, it represents servant leadership and a training master that imparts knowledge through love, life…

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Added by Marie Mertilus on June 13, 2014 at 6:41am — No Comments

Change Your Focus, Change Your Marriage

What if I tell you there is one idea that can drastically change your marriage. It is not a gimmick. In fact, I have seen it work with over 20 couples just this year. And, it has worked for many couples over the years. It is not a new idea…

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Added by Marie Mertilus on June 6, 2014 at 6:36am — 4 Comments

Are You a Respectful Persuader?

You might have your spouse’s best interest in mind, but if you force your opinion and values on your spouse you will get nowhere. Many spouses are guilty of committing disrespectful judgment without knowing that each disrespectful judgment…

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Added by Marie Mertilus on May 30, 2014 at 5:25am — 5 Comments

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