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Two Into One – You’re Not Alone
Two into One. Two people joined together, living life in a marriage. How can you make this two into one work? What does it look like?
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 accomplishing something great, for...
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?
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.
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…
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.
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!
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 celebration....
Hands Tell the Story of Solidarity
Holding hands is an outward sign of solidarity in marriage. It’s a comfort and promise to your spouse as you do life together.
Reliability is a Weighty Value
Reliability has four serious qualities as part of its definition. Here are 3 suggestions on how to make it part of your marriage.
Quietness and a Bit of Calm
Quietness, stillness, calm… do these qualities have a place in your life together? Here are three ways to cultivate quietness.
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.
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 all things....
Neatness – Is it about Control or Caring?
Are you driven by control – or caring – in your neatness. Be careful. The Value of Neatness in marriage might be about you and not your spouse.
Motivation to Make Your Marriage A Priority
Do you have the motivation to make your marriage a priority? Your healthy relationship with your spouse will impact many more than you believe.
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 some reason, when we replace...
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!
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 "joyful" to describe their...
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 that - it's my rules and my...
Hope – It’s Always An Option in Marriage
Hope is one of the greatest gifts you can give your spouse. Learn how to incorporate this value into your marriage in this post.
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!
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 is my best friend. And, while...
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.
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 learn how we use...
C is for Camaraderie and Closeness
Camaraderie and Closeness is at the heart of a strong marriage. It’s about belonging together and being friends. Values to enrich your marriage.
Belonging – Enrich Your Marriage
Don’t let loneliness enter your marriage. Introduce the Value of Belonging. It just takes some adjustments. Here are 3 ways to foster Belonging.
Encourage Your Spouse with Appreciation
Appreciation is an expression of gratitude; recognition of excellence; accurate perception. Here are 5 ways to encourage through appreciation. – 27 days to encourage with 27 values
Fun Work – Get Rid of the Barriers
There’s always work to be done, even in a meaningful marriage. Here are 10 ways to add playfulness and refreshment into the work. It’ll make it FUN work!
No Ego And It Will Come Together
Sometimes our ego stops us from working together as husband and wife. Maybe we need to look at a different way to describe the word ego?
Difficult Mother’s Day – These Flowers Are For You
Difficult Mother's Day? Soon we will be wishing women a “happy mother’s day” – In North America it’s the traditional 2nd Sunday in May to do this. For all those who celebrate, there are others who can't wait for the day to be over - it's a difficult mother's day. For...
Procrastination is a Poison in Your Marriage
There are 9 reasons we procrastinate – in life, AND in our marriage. What’s the trouble? Procrastination poisons marriages. Want to kick procrastination to the curb and move toward a great marriage?
Do you admire your spouse?
Does your spouse admire you? And for what? This spouse can admire her husband because he doesn’t complain. The post also includes a link to a free resource.