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6 Friendship Builders
Theme of the Week: Marriage: Don't Neglect the Friendship
Friday, February 14, 2014

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Key Bible Verse: Friends love through all kinds of weather, and families stick together in all kinds of trouble. (Proverbs 17:17, The Message)

Dig Deeper: Colossians 3:12-14, 19

Things to do [when you and your wife find it difficult to have fun together]:

  1. The fun stops when bitterness and resentment rules, so make sure there [are no unresolved conflicts] between you and your spouse.
  2. Sit down with your spouse and make a list of five things you both love to do or used to do and agree you are going to schedule them in over the next couple of months.
  3. If finances are a concern, start saving for whatever you can afford even if all you can afford to do initially is rent some old movies you saw together and loved.
  4. Be willing to sacrifice spending money on something you enjoy so you can spend that money on both of you having some fun.
  5. If your spouse loves to do certain things that you hate, be willing to participate in those things and see if that does not open the door to her doing some things you love to do.
  6. Plan something with another couple and if you have no couples in your life, fix that problem on the way to addressing this one.

—Stephen Arterburn in The 7 Minute Marriage Solution

My Response: I will share this list with my wife and talk about which ones we should try out.

Thought to Apply: Trust us: One day your kids will grow up and leave home. That's why it's important to find mutual enjoyment in each other's interests and hobbies now.—David And Claudia Arp (founders of Marriage Alive International)

Excerpted from—The 7 Minute Marriage Solution by Stephen Arterburn © 2013. Published by Worthy Publishing, a division of Worthy Media, Inc., Brentwood, TN. Used by permission. Twitter: #7MinuteMarriage @WorthyPub.

Prayer for the Week
Heavenly Father, show my wife and me how we can strengthen our marriage; and even in difficult times, help us to still look at one another at the end of the day and say, "You are my best friend."

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