How to Show You Value Your Spouse – 10 Point Marriage Tune-Up

How to Show You Value Your Spouse – 10 Point Marriage Tune-Up

How to value your spouse with a 10 Point Marriage Tune-Up? Is this necessary? Doesn’t marriage just “happen”?

Oh, yeah. Marriage can just happen.

There are those husbands and wives who let marriage “happen”… and then years into their relationship they realize they’ve grown apart. They don’t have anything in common. Or these couples look at the person they live their life with and say, “Is this all there is?”.

If people gave the amount of attention to their vehicles the way they do to their marriage, that vehicle would stop working. It would run out of gas, and oil. The brakes would fail. The headlights would go dark. You’d never drive around in a car with no headlights, with dirty spark plugs, with broken springs, or cracked windshields, would you? Why would a marriage relationship need less attention than a vehicle?

Your marriage needs more attention to its working parts than your vehicle does. It’s not easy. And if you’re in a time of sputtering, and your marriage tires need a top-up of air, then we want to encourage you to try some small stuff. Simple stuff. Give it a try…

Give it a 10 point marriage tune-up.

10 Point Marriage Tune-Up -10 ways to show you value your spouse and keep your marriage running well

Invest in your marriage relationship – tune it up!

A few years ago we created a series of articles on this concept – 10 posts about 10 ways to show your spouse you value her/him. This year we’ve updated these posts to make the series more rich and robust! The links to each post are below – click on each image to go deeper.

Show respect- value your spouse - Match your tone & words to your body language - 10 point marriage tune-up - number 1Click to go deeper!

Brag about your spouse - which qualities do you admire about your spouse - download a free resource to make a list - Encourage YClick to go deeper! – 2 of 10Wait - let your spouse finish their thoughts - 3rd of 10 Point Marriage Tune Up - Encourage Your Spouse -Click to go deeper – 3 of 10Be on Time for your spouse. Show you value her or him - 4th of the 10 point marriage tune up seriesClick to go deeper – #4 Click to Go Deeper – 5 of 10Click to go deeper – 6 of 10Honor your spouses family of orgin including their quirks and qualities. Be positive. 7 of 10 points Marriage Tune Up to encourage your spouseClick to go deeper – 7 of 10 Share your schedule with your spouse - show you value their contribution to your life together - 8 of 10 point marriage tune upClick to go deeper – 8 of 10Appreciate your spouses personality to show you value her or him. 9 of 10Click to go deeper – 9 of 10Ask for and accept help from your spouse - you are the dream team. 10 of 10 ways to value your spouseClick to go deeper – 10 of 10

Make your marriage a priority and value your spouse!

If you ignored your career, and never learned anything new, you wouldn’t progress… you might even find yourself without a career.

If you ignored your vehicle, never added gas or oil, never replaced the spark plugs, you wouldn’t be able to drive it.

Does your marriage have less value than your career or your car?  This 10 point marriage tune-up isn’t hard – it just needs a bit of attention! Don’t procrastinate.

Don’t wait – NOW is the time to pay attention to your marriage relationship!

I’m thinking I’d like to make this into a series of 10 marriage tune-up emails – one a day for 10 days… what do you think?

Would that be more useful? Leave a comment…

Good Questions Lead to Great Conversations

Good Questions Lead to Great Conversations

Good Questions. When we mentor couples, we encourage them to ask each other at least one good question every day. Why? Because having deep and satisfying conversations are vital for a growing relationship.

Great conversations begin with good questions. 

Maybe you’re feeling a bit lacking in the “good question” ability department. If you are, that’s OK.  Even we’ve had those dry spells where we can’t think of a “safe” topic. 😉

Here are some resources to build a repertoire of good questions:

  • The Byerly’s have 365 questions you can download and print. That’s a whole year! Click HERE.
  • Use Proverbs so spark some conversations. Click HERE
  • These are some of the best fun questions and thoughtful questions we’ve compiled from other bloggers. Click HERE

What if you can’t ask good questions?

We know you’re busy. If it’s not possible to print out these good questions, then here’s another option:   Dayspring’s Conversation Starter Jar  –  this is the first time we’ve seen something like this already created for you!  

Good questions lead to great conversations - encourage your spouse

We’d rarely suggest buying something if you can make it yourself, but there are instances when you might not have the time or the inclination. If that’s the case – then this product is perfect for you. It’s a pretty jar. There’s a lovely inscription from 1Thessalonians and 60 questions already printed and cut up.

This Jar filled with Conversation Starters is part of a sale until August 22, 2017 – take $20 off any $40 purchase and get FREE SHIPPING in DaySprings Secret Sale. Go to the SECRET SALE page to see what else is offered… (You have celebrations coming up, right? We  won’t reference Christmas – don’t worry.)  We’re affiliates for Dayspring which means if you purchase we’ll receive a small commission at no cost to you and we really appreciate and thank you for your support.

Build your conversational “bank” as a couple!

Don’t wait.
We’ve seen too many couples who walk through their marriage with nothing to talk about – they feel like they’re growing apart and don’t know how to “fix” it.  Here’s one way!

Grow your ability to ask good questions and you’ll have deeper, more satisfying conversations that will lead to a growing and healthy relationship. Lead a meaningful life as husband wife!

Encourage Your Spouse! Good questions will bridge your conversational divide!

Good Questions Lead to Great Conversations - 3 resources to encourage your spouse with good questions

Good Questions lead to great conversations - here are some resources to begin those great conversations with good questions.

Trust in Marriage – Consistent Truth Built Every Day

Trust in Marriage – Consistent Truth Built Every Day

Trust in marriage – consistent truth – where does it come from? Over the years we’ve been watching husbands and wives interact. Deep conversations are important to growing a meaningful life filled with trust. And deep conversations are one thing we suggest and write about on a regular basis. However, the everyday, seemingly mundane interactions each week also build this truth and trust. These regular check-ins and planning sessions can have a purpose!

Make an impact for your future by planning your week. 

Planning your days – together – makes it easier to be truthful and consistent.

Consistent Truth

Two of the many things a husband and wife can share are

  • a daily routine
  • and an understanding of how the other spouse will react to normal occurrences.

Daily Reality – Trust in Marriage

It’s about consistency; two people in a marriage share the reality of everyday life.

And if there’s a specific reason one of you travels or lives separately?  Then catch up with each other’s day at a specific time. Yes, it’s much harder for those husbands and wives who are deployed but they still communicate about their days when they can. (This is probably more difficult than I realize, but I’m still stating it. Sorry.)

Sharing life – that’s a part of what marriage is all about. And that’s where trust in marriage grows.

Most days and weeks in a household look similar.  Predictable.  Normal.  They may or may not be a healthy normal, but it’s possible to anticipate how a week will go.  Even if we don’t hang a family calendar on the wall anymore, many husbands and wives will share and/or sync their digital calendars. And, in case we need to state it, we recommend having full access to your spouse’s calendar whether it’s digital or paper. 😉

Trust in marriage happens through planning. Planning your days - together - makes it easier to be truthful and consistent.

Ask each other: “Where will you be? What will you be doing?”

We must ask where we are and whither we are tending.
Abraham Lincoln – 1809-1865 Sixteenth President of the USA

Where are you? What are you doing? That’s one kind of constant. It’s the daily reality of living together in one environment. 

It’s not intrusive to know what your other half is doing and where he/she is going! It builds trust because what we’re involved in matters and has an impact on our spouse. As husband and wife, we are one flesh!

go further - get more out of marriage - with marriage coachingPrepare and Enrich – Building Trust in Marriage

Rob and I are facilitators for the Prepare/Enrich program. It’s been used for premarital preparation, but there’s so much in this program to equip couples married decades. One of the exercises has the couple fill out an assessment of what they spend time doing in a regular week. It can be very enlightening!

There are only 168 hours in a week… do you know where they go? Maybe planning your days and weeks starts with a little introspection?

If you see value in mentoring, Rob and I are available – reach out! We have the Prepare/Enrich program, Values in Mariage, a Biblical DISC program and more we can leverage to enrich your marriage. We can talk via Zoom, Skype or phone to explore some mentoring/coaching options. Click HERE.

Build trust in marriage every day.

Trust builds when there’s a predictable order to the day.

If couples are proactive in planning their weeks, a greater control over consistency emerges. And the trust in marriage grows. Of course, we can’t plan everything. However, if there’s a framework, husbands and wives can trust they know where their spouse is and when to expect time together.

Rob and I are still working on planning our weeks – however, there’s a normal flow to a week we can count on. (Now, being productive in that week is a whole ‘nother thing…  😉  Planning will help with that, too!)

Trust in Marriage--Let the truth of your days build the trust in your marriage.Have you created an “ideal week” plan? 

Can you anticipate what your week – or your spouse’s week – will look like? 

This spring I worked through a program to order my evenings so my days would have a better impact. It brought to light where my behaviors needed to shift because they weren’t serving me well – it’s a valuable course.

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When you plan, do you have resources you use? Share them in the comments, please – we’d love to know!

Let the truth of your days build the trust in your marriage.

Sit down with your spouse this weekend and plan out next week. 

See how it feels.

Planning to build truth and trust in marriage - What needs to happen with your week-

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Worry No More – 3 Ways to Move Past Worry

Worry No More – 3 Ways to Move Past Worry

Worry no more – how can you encourage each other NOT to worry – or at least deal with your worries? We talk about three things to do and recommend a very old book in this mid-marriage video…

Worry No More

We’ve recommended three ideas from this very old book by Dale Carnegie – “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living” to begin to worry no more…
There’s nothing particularly new in here – but it’s a classic and he hits on so many good ideas to stop worrying. The stories are fun to read because they’re from the 1920’s to 1940’s. (FYI -Robert isn’t a fan of Dale Carnegie – but I (Lori) enjoyed it!)


Here’s the Scripture Robert referenced in the video to focus on as you worry no more…  Prayer, Thanksgiving, and God’s Peace. If you find it difficult to pray – or it’s been a while (or never) since you’ve prayed together as a couple, take a look at this post.

Be anxious for nothing - worry no more - 3 ways to move past worry and work on love and loyalty in your marriage

Worry No More in the Middle of Marriage

There are two parts of an enduring marriage which you can nurture to worry no more: Love – unconditional and without prerequisite. And Loyalty – steadfast in allegiance, unwavering in devotion. 

In the middle of marriage you might be feeling a bit worn down, a bit overwhelmed, and thinking, “Is this all there is?” We want you to know that life in the middle of marriage can have an even better flow of love and loyalty than when your marriage began. It just takes a little work.  (Sorry – is that a 4-letter word:  work?)

Again – the work is what it takes to get your worry under wraps:  Prayer for the future together. Focus on today; do the best you can with what you have today. Stop replaying what you can’t change from yesterday.

Worry No More - 3 ways to move past worry and work on love and loyalty in your marriage -Life in the middle of marriage can have an even better flow of love and loyalty than when it began.

How do you deal with worry?

Have you and your spouse found ways to worry no more? Any books you’d recommend on this topic, or posts you’ve read?

Leave a comment and share!

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Encourage and Motivate – 21 Things to say to your husband or wife

Encourage and Motivate – 21 Things to say to your husband or wife

Encourage and motivate your husband or wife?  Sometimes words (alone) won’t motivate or encourage, but they are a place to begin…

21 things to say to encourage and motivate your spouse…

Below are 21 ideas for you to say or text or write in a note to encourage your spouse. Play around with the ideas – make them your own!  

But then what? What can you do after you use these phrases to encourage and motivate? Here are three things to do that will add some real emphasis to your words:

  1. God started something good in us - let's grow together - encourage and motivate your spouseInspire with HOPE – convey these phrases with a belief of hope for the future. Provide concrete ideas on how this hope can come alive.
  2. Lift up your spouse with PRAYER – your faith in God and all He can and will do can be backed up with prayer. Pray aloud, pray with your husband or wife, ask others to pray. Be a warrior. Need help learning to pray? Take a look at these ideas.
  3. Support with ACTION – this is where your words make the greatest impact. What can you do to demonstrate what you’re saying is true? Remember – you and your husband/wife are a team. What are you doing to hold up your end of the teamwork? Be a “Dream Team” –read this to learn how!

Your ability to encourage and motivate is like any other skill. It takes practice. Each spouse is unique – every time-period is different. You know what makes all the difference?  NEVER giving up! 

(Want to tell your spouse how amazing he/she is but need some help being specific? Click here for a free resource to download!)



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