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We have discussed decision making and ways to resolving conflict, but it is helpful to realize why one's spouse might have differing opinions. After all, if the couple is going to have a successful marriage, then they need to learn to appreciate and positively look at their fiancee.
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By understanding differences between male/female, personalities, gifts and varying backgrounds, one can better appreciate why their mate is so different from them.
Some counselors prefer to use more expensive and sophisticated tests. I have found that so much time and money can be used that the whole point of the session can be missed. Emphasize the way one gains appreciation of each other. I want to them feel that they cannot do without each other. (That was the reason to record Adam's naming of the animals).
Their commitment to their mate will work together with the realization how their to-be spouse so wonderfully meets their need and helps spurt them forward into better knowing each other. Some feel more comfortable with more sophisticated testing devices. If so, use them!...
Further discussion is found in the book.
We will next look at love in marriage. Next ->
Enabling a couple to overcome barriers, difficulties, bitterness and other problems so that they can again work together for marital harmony.
The Importance of Love
God's love sounds great. But how does one bring it into ones own life? See here how we can choose love.
Renewing Affections between Husband and Wife
Husband's Special Guidelines if Wife is Unresponsive
Husband's Special Guidelines if he himself is Uninterested
Spirit of Divorce
Finding how Satan starts fights!
Wife's Special Guidelines if Husband is Inattentive to her Needs
Wife's Special Guidelines if she is Uninterested
Hope for Damaged Marriages
A couple can step by step break through communication impasse in their marriage. –Psalm 107
Harmony in Parenting – Discipline
Shows step by step how a couple can stay harmonious whild discussing a difficult issue such as child discipline.
Is there hope for my marriage?
We all start at the same place of defeat. We have no purity to boast of. God starts rebuilding our marriages from there. The Readying the Mind series:
Down and up: Is there hope?
Learning well: What do I believe?
Two perspectives on sexuality
Try out this puzzle
Perspective on pleasure
A Design worth mastering
Living by design
Design and freedom
God's Design of Marriage
#1 A Special Design: Sexuality
#2 A Blended Design: Marriage
Being an Overcoming
#3 An Exclusive Design: Whole-hearted
Loving ones wife
"What if" questions
#4 A Permanent Design: Enduring
Life long marriage
Scriptures typically quoted from the New American Standard Bible unless noted:
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