Tuesday, September 27, 2011

20 Ways to Make a Good Marriage Great

I saw this on another blog today and wanted to share! I think it is such great advise :) I LOVE my husband so much and I am so grateful to be married to my very best friend. Our marriage is far from perfect, but we love each other and that is what matters most. I am so grateful to have married someone who shares my same values. We have been through THICK and THIN together and with the help of our Father in Heaven I am positive we can make it through just about any trial (although I could SERIOUSLY use a brake from trials, we have had our fair share of BIG trials over the last few years)

by Richard W. Linford

1. Night and Morning Prayer … to say thanks, to ask for help in your marriage and family, to worship together.

2. A Weekly Planning Meeting … to discuss the calendar, talk over needs and problems, decide priorities and next steps.

3. A Daily Phone Call or Personal Conversation … to say “I love you,” to touch base, to discuss the day, to show you care.

4. A Weekly Date
… to a favorite park, a concert, the library, the gym; or staying home for a candlelight dinner, a game, or a mutual hobby.

5. Patience Regardless … of missed meals, tardiness, forgotten favors, a thoughtless remark, impatience.

6. Daily Service
… helping with house or yard work, mending a piece of clothing, taking a turn with the sick baby, fixing a favorite meal. (Write it down. Do it!)

7. A Budget … to tie down income and expenses, help set financial goals, and give you control over your finances.

8. Listening
… not only to what is said, but also to what is meant.

9. Regular Attendance
… at church—and where possible—the temple.

10. Daily Scripture Reading … to learn the gospel, to receive inspiration for yourself and your marriage, to become more like Jesus.

11. Working Together
… caring for a garden, painting a bedroom, washing the car, scrubbing floors, building a piece of furniture, writing a poem together, team teaching a class.

12. Forgiving Each Other
… always learning from each other, trying a different way, being the first to make peace.

13. Courtesies
… like saying please and thank you, not interrupting or belittling, not doing all the talking, continuing the niceties of courtship.

14. Soft and Kind Words … of tenderness, compassion, empathy.

15. Learning Together by
… reading to each other, discussing ideas, taking a class.

16. Respecting … opinions, ideas, privacy.

17. Supporting Your Spouse’s … church service and righteous goals.

18. Caring for Your Spouse’s Family by
… enjoying their company, praying for them, serving them, overlooking differences.

19. Occasional Gifts
… such as a note, a needed item—but mostly gifts of time and self.

20. Loving with All Your Heart. “Thou shalt love thy wife [thy husband] with all thy heart, and shalt cleave unto her [him] and none else.” (D&C 42:22.

1 comment:

Jaymie and Justin said...

these are all great reminders!