27 Values to Enrich Your Marriage

Values for Marriage - Husbands and Wives Leading Meaningful Lives

Instagram Challenge

Values for Marriage: These posts grew from an Instagram challenge in July 2016 – A to Z.  

I decided to use Values words as they apply to marriage, and challenge myself to do a post a day. Click on an image to go to the corresponding post…

Encourage your spouse with appreciation


the value of Belonging will enrich your marriage


Camaraderie and Closeness


discovery a value that opens up our life




F is for friend and friendliness


G is for GROWTH in marriage - how do you document growth


H is for hope


integrity inventiveness intimacy many values in marriage


Joyfulness shows up


kindness in marriage




motivation to make your marriage




Neatness in Marriage


Optimism as a theme in marriage - grow old with me - the best is yet to be




Playfulness Adds Fun to Life




quietness and calm








hands tell the story of solidarity




teamwork - from dream to celebration




unselfish couples lead well - 3 examples




5 Parts to a Vitalized Marriage




warmhearted like a friend - a spouse filled with affection and sympathy








youthful love in life




zeal for something greater than the two of you




two into one




Zeal for Something Greater Than You

Zeal – excessive fervor; strong eagerness; and readiness.  It’s kind of an old-fashioned (maybe even Biblical) word. Maybe today we’d refer to this Value word as “filled with passion”. Consider the many men and women celebrated for... read more

Youthful Love in Life

Youthful love in life is all about action. Taking action and not waiting. We know couples married decades who have this youthful love and it’s inspiring. How can you nurture that kind of youthful love in your life?

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eXhilaration in Marriage

Exhilaration is the combination of fear and fun – doesn’t that describe marriage? Just make sure you use this 5-point buckling system and enjoy the ride.

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Warmhearted Like A Friend

This value isn’t about grand gestures – rather it’s demonstrated in small ways.Being warmhearted in marriage takes thought and effort – consistently. Here are some suggestions on how to be warmhearted…

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Vitality in Marriage

What can you do to have a marriage filled with vitality. First understand and acknowledge where you are – then use these ideas to move forward.

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Unselfish Couples Lead Well

Unselfish couples inspire us. Here are three examples of this kind of couple – all a with different focus… But they are leading a meaningful life!

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Teamwork – From Dream to Celebration

Teamwork makes the dream work! And this statement is especially true in marriage. As I write this post, Rob and I are driving toward Atlanta, Georgia – and we followed the steps you’ll read later in this post to get there as a team – from dream to... read more

Playfulness Adds Fun to Life

The Value of Playfulness might renew your relationship, and add some spark, or even a touch of gentleness. Smile. Have fun working together. Here are some ideas on adding playfulness into your relationship.

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Optimism as a Theme in Marriage

Optimism – The concept of the word optimism is found in the Latin word “optimum” meaning best. Those who are optimistic expect the best possible outcome from a situation. It’s about looking forward. Optimism – a general disposition to expect the best in... read more

Loyalty Instead of Commitment in Marriage

Loyalty is a word which seems to resonate with millenials… but not the word “commitment”. At least that’s been our experience as we speak with those who are 28 and younger – or those born after 1980 according to the Pew researchers. For... read more

Kindness in Marriage

Kindness might be easier with strangers than it is with your spouse. What would it look like inside a marriage. Remember – love is kind!

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Joyfulness Shows Up

Joyfulness. I wonder if the vision you have when you hear those words, are of a guy in a suit and girl in a white dress, holding flowers…  Oh, the wedding day. What joy. I’m not sure most couples married a few decades would use the word... read more

I is For So Many Values – Including Integrity

Integrity. Inventiveness. Intimacy. Improvement. Initiative. How do I choose a Value for the letter “I”? There are many I want to highlight (of the 16 suitable) which have importance in marriage… So I’m going to “cheat”. (I can do... read more

G is For Growth in Marriage

Growth in marriage. It doesn’t mean the size of your pants… rather it shows up in how you document your years together. Focus on the Value of Growth!

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F is for Friend and Friendliness

Friend. Within our world of social media, we’ve watered down the word “friend”… It might even have the flavor of what used to be known as merely an acquaintance. So let’s ask a few questions… Are you a friend to your spouse? Robert... read more

E is for Encouragement

Come on – you knew Encouragement would be the Values word for “E” in this “A to Z” challenge, didn’t you? Encouragement is made up of 5 things.

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Discovery – A Value That Opens Up Our Life

Discovery, as a Value word, is a powerhouse in our marriage – it’s one of our own, three, differentiating values which we use when we’re making decisions. (This post is part of the A to Z challenge.) (The other two are Loyalty and Optimism. You can... read more