A great reminder to start the New Year from our friends at Family Dynamics Institute:
Doing ONE THING, ONCE a YEAR for your marriage is very simple to do….if you make it a priority. When we mention this idea of doing one thing once a year for your marriage at speaking engagements and trainings nearly all of the heads in the room nod in agreement. Yet when asked for a show of hands of how many are doing something once a year for their marriage….only a few go up.
So…..we understand that we should, for most of us we could, now if we only would.
We see our doctors, change our oil, file our taxes, and renew our licenses or certifications if our job requires it, all on a regular basis every year. Why? Simply because we know that there are consequences if we don’t and we value the benefits of keeping those items “up to date”.
So why are most of us ignoring the most important relationship that we will have with another person on this planet?
Doesn’t make sense….does it?
We encourage you to get started now and continue doing One Thing, Once a Year, and for those who already are, keep it up and share the positive impacts it has for your marriage with others.
What types of “THINGS” are we talking about?
While date nights, praying together, shared recreational activities are all great (and should also be a part of your healthy marriage growth)…we are encouraging some things that involve learning relationship skills that you will use every day.
Taking a class for your marriage, a weekend retreat, taking a home study class, and similar types of experiences that provide you with solid information and practical application that you can use every day. Some couples have shared with us that they set up a getaway weekend with other married couple friends and spend some time going through sections of class materials to grow stronger as a couple and still have vacation time to enjoy with their spouse.
An ongoing mix of these types of experiences is vital to growing stronger together as a couple. Our lives are changing every day, we learn new things, have new challenges and experiences that impact us in many ways. Taking time consistently to grow in the relationship with the one we love is the best ongoing preparation for whatever life brings, both good and bad.
We encourage you not to end up in the latter stages of your life looking back with a “would-a, could-a, should-a” feeling about things you did for your marriage.
So…..what are you waiting for….what’s your ONE THING to start with??
– Family Dynamics Institute
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