MarriedPeople Monthly - July 2017
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MARRIEDPEOPLE MONTHLY

As a MarriedPeople Monthly member, each month you receive ideas and insights with go-and-do's you can actually go and do. So pick one, two, three of the things below and see how little things can turn into something big. You got this . . . because you are better at marriage than you think!

WHAT ARE SOME WAYS YOU'VE FOUND TO BE "FOR" YOUR ADULT SONS' MARRIAGES, AND STILL GIVE THEM THE FREEDOM TO FIGURE THINGS OUT FOR THEMSELVES? 


Gay: From the beginning of their marriages, I have always put their relationships with their wives above our mother/son relationship (but we still have a great relationship). If they ask, I’ll give an opinion, but I don’t offer unsolicited advice! Our biggest support is to encourage them to grow as a couple. One of the best things we offer to our sons with children is to spend time with our grandchildren, so they can have time together as a couple. 

 

Lenny: Love them, pray for them, and stay in contact. We treat them as adults and don't get between them and their spouses. They have left and joined with another person and family, so we have to be careful giving advice—we really don't unless they ask. We are here if they need us. We enjoy a great relationship with them but we give them a lot of space!
 
Lenny and Gay have been married for 36 years and have three adult sons who are all married.    

HOT BUTTON

SIMPLE THINGS THAT CAN DRAMATICALLY IMPACT YOUR MARRIAGE


When I was a little girl, I used to dream of getting married some day. I would dream about marrying a man that had all the best qualities imaginable, and then some. I was just 21 when I married my husband and I would say he did pretty much measured up to my expectations. He was indeed the one for me. 

Obviously, though, he is not perfect and neither am I, so living together now as husband and wife was a little rough at first. We both had different ways of doing things, different opinions of what a clean house looked like, what to watch on television—you know just basic roommate challenges only magnified a little.
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Each month, we justify surfing the Web to bring you random awesomeness. This month we want you to see this one because fun never gets old.

Let’s make out. Meet me @ (location) at (time).  

THE SPICE

ONE TIP THAT WILL HOPEFULLY BRING YOU CLOSER IN THE BEDROOM


This month we want you to hear from John McGee from Watermark Church. 

A couple of years ago, I was late to a meeting and rushing out of the house when my wife said, "I have some thoughts about our sex life." Suddenly I wasn't in such a rush! When I asked about her thoughts, she laughed as she said, "Well, really it's more about the towels . . ."

At this point, I had no idea what she was talking about—but she had lead with the subject of sex, so even though confused, I was still interested. Then she proceeded to remind me when I come out of the shower, I often leave my clothes and towels on the floor and she would later have to pick up. She explained that it felt very inconsiderate and that it made it hard for her to want to have sex with me.
Cue the scene where the husband looks completely dumbfounded—because I was.
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2-MINUTE VACATION


During one meal this week, ask each other this question: 

If you could start any non-profit or service project, what would it be?  

PLUGGED IN

THE BEST GIFT YOU CAN GIVE YOUR SPOUSE IS A HEALTHY YOU–SPIRITUALLY, PHYSICALLY, MENTALLY, AND EMOTIONALLY.


Each month, we will explore a different way to make you a better you. This month we want you to hear from Casey Caston

Stress affects every area of our lives. Have you ever been around someone who has hit their limit? They’re not a happy camper. We’ve had our share of bad days from overloaded schedules, to kids constantly fighting with each other, to finding out that I need root canal!

Early on in our marriage, we got really good at using each other as emotional punching bags, which come to think of, is very counter-productive. My best friend, my teammate, the one person who has my back, I am absolutely destroying with my tone and choice of words all because I’m stressed out.

Here's a list of ideas on how to soothe the raging beast inside when stress comes.
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