Overcoming Two Common Marriage Stressors

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Marriage is a rewarding and fulfilling commitment but it can also be difficult. It requires hard work and dedication from both husband and wife to produce a healthy marriage. Challenges can develop in a marriage for many different reasons such as communication issues, financial difficulties, and more. This post briefly explores the challenges of communication and  financial stress on a marriage.

When communication issues occur in a marriage, it can be difficult to express feelings or ideas without creating tension. Without effective communication, partners can quickly become distant and start to drift apart. One effective way to rebuild communication is to practice active listening during conversations. Active listening involves really paying attention to what the other person is saying instead of quickly planning your response in your head. This encourages your partner to open up and feel heard while also creating an atmosphere of trust and understanding.

As christians having conversations with our spouse we have guidance that has been provided to us by the word of God.  James 1:19 states “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.” If more married couples followed this verse I am convinced the divorce rate would lower significantly.

Financial difficulties can also be a major source of tension in a marriage. Fights over money can leave both partners feeling overwhelmed and disrespected. It’s important to speak openly and honestly about finances in order to determine a budget that works for both individuals. Developing ways to save or even find extra income sources can help alleviate stress about money. 

Money disputes can be crippling to a marriage but proper money management is being a good steward of what God has blessed a family with financially. 1 Peter 4:10 states “As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” The money of a married couple should be used to properly serve the needs of the family. This means prioritizing the spending and saving of financial resources over non necessary purchase by the individual. 

These are but a few of the difficulties that couples may face in marriage. It’s important to remember that difficulties don’t necessarily mean a marriage is doomed, but instead is an opportunity for growth and improvement. A marriage rooted in scripture will have the knowledge to withstand any challenges. Communication, patience, and a willingness to listen are all essential components of making a marriage last. With the right effort and dedication, marriages can be just as rewarding as they are difficult.

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