This Week’s Fab 5 Marriage Resources!

BY: - 4 Apr '13 | Marriage

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It’s time for another set of fabulous resources designed to help you strengthen and build a wonderful marriage and relationship. This week we have 5 more fabulous resources from the destination for marriage resources…The BMWK Resource Guide.

 

In Renovating Your Marriage Room by Room, Dr. Johnny Parker speaks to you and your spouse about building a house of togetherness brick by brick from the foundation up.  He encourages you to consider the two possible foundations upon which marriages are built; then walks you through an inspection of your marital house, room by room.
Is your marital house standing on a firm foundation or has it been shaken? Are you in need of a marriage renovation???Dr. Parker wants to help you answer these questions and make the changes necessary to give your love a new look.  Start renovating today by clicking here.

When a Woman Loves a Man will explore and explain the characteristics that a woman demonstrates that expresses her love to her man in the way that God intended.  The Bible states that God took part of the man’s rib and made the woman. This is significant for many reasons, one of which teaches us that the woman’s love would be expressed in her protection of her husband emotionally. The ribcage protects the vital organs like the heart and the lungs. Yes, God has made man the physical protector of the woman but He’s equaled the playing field by making the woman the emotional protector of the man.  Find out what happens when a woman loves a man the way God intended by clicking here.

In When a Man Loves a Woman, Pastor Ford writes to all men–whether single, engaged, or married–who want to make their future or existing marriage as meaningful and satisfying as God intended it to be. A lifelong marriage is rare in our day of fleeting relationships and broken families. But James Ford Jr. shows men that lasting love is possible, by living according to God’s Word, and by loving God’s way. Drawing from scriptural wisdom, Pastor Ford reflects on how one man–Jacob–loved his woman, and how Jacob’s example teaches today’s men these must-have romance skills: Meeting your wife’s spiritual, emotional, and social needs, Protecting and cherishing your wife, Celebrating the God-given differences between you and your wife.  Men, find out how to have lasting love by clicking here.

Things I Wish I’d Know Before We Got Married, by Dr. Gary Chapman, is a book packed with wisdom and tips that will help many develop the loving, supportive and mutually beneficial marriage men and women long for. It’s the type of information Gary himself wished he had before he got married. This is not a book simply to be read. It is a book to be experienced. The material lends itself to heart-felt discussions by dating or engaged couples. To jump-start the exchanges, each short chapter includes insightful “Talking it Over” questions and suggestions. And, the book includes information on interactive websites as well as books that will enhance the couples experience.  Click here for more information.

Husbands, Wives, God, by author Edward C. Lee, is a first of its kind book that introduces seven marriages taken straight from the Bible into your marriage. These are their stories— woven together to produce changed hearts, attitudes, perspectives and ultimately, changed marriages. They were selected in order to channel the focus of husbands and wives to the most important relationship that a couple has, a balanced relationship between them and God, hence the book’s title, Husbands, Wives, God.  Click here for more information.

BMWK — Do you want your marriage/family product listed on the destination for marriage resources, the BMWK Resource Guide? click here for more information.

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Ronnie Tyler wrote 523 articles on this blog.

Ronnie Tyler is the co-creator of BlackandMarriedWithKids.com and co-producer of the films Happily Ever After: A Positive Image of Black Marriage, You Saved Me, Men Ain't Boys and Still Standing. The proud mom of 4 has been selected by Parenting Magazine as a Must-Read Mom and is one of Babble's Top 100 Mom Bloggers.

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Is Love Enough to Sustain a Marriage?

BY: - 5 Apr '13 | Marriage

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I love my husband. I ‘m not the sappy type, so I’m not compelled to run off a list of reasons why. But trust me, I love that man with all I’ve got.  Is that love enough, though?  Is loving each other, through it all, enough to sustain our relationship?  Is it enough to keep us together… always?

People often say that love conquers all, but what does that really mean? Does it mean that if you love someone, you forgive all their wrongs and stand by their side?  Does it mean if you love someone enough, nothing in life can tear you apart – not even the really bad stuff? If love conquers all, it should mean that two people who love each other can overcome any obstacle, right?  After all, there is no force stronger than love.

Yet, as powerful as I think love is, I just don’t believe that love conquers all.  Sure, love is some pretty good stuff, but to say it conquers all – well, that’s just a bit much. I don’t think love is enough to carry a couple through all the hard times and all the complicated issues in life.  Love can serve as a foundation (a very strong foundation), but if that is all you’ve got, good luck.

So, what else matters if you have love?  A lot.  In addition to loving someone, no matter how much you do, I think there just has to be more.

  • You need the ability to communicate well.
  • You need to respect each other.
  • You need to be able to laugh at yourself.
  • You need to roll with the punches (and there will be punches).
  • You need to accept the fact that the person you love is not going to change just because you want them to.
  • And, most importantly, you have to understand that life can get complicated and you want to be with someone who will stand by your side to help you figure it out.

Don’t get me wrong; I know that loving someone is some pretty powerful stuff.  However, my experience with my husband has shown me that just loving each other is not enough to carry us through everything that life will throw our way.  Love is an excellent foundation.  It certainly is needed if your relationship stands a chance.  But, it is just a main ingredient, on a list of ingredients, which will make this recipe for your relationship work.

Unfortunately, I think so many people end up in failing marriages because they honestly got into it thinking that love was enough.  It’s understandable since love can give us this sense of being able to conquer anything. Yet, the truth is, love just reminds us of why we are in a relationship.  Love gives us the strength and courage we need to fight for our relationships.  It doesn’t, however, give us everything we need to make it work.

So, when all is said and done, love just isn’t enough.  If couples took more time to understand each other a little bit better, and nourish the qualities and skills that can make their partnerships stronger, they would go a lot further as a team.  Even something as awesome as love can use a little back up.

BMWK – do you think love is enough? In addition to love, what are the key ingredients to a successful marriage?

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Martine Foreman wrote 496 articles on this blog.

Martine Foreman is a speaker, writer, lifestyle consultant, and ACE-certified Health Coach who specializes in helping moms who want more out of life but feel overwhelmed and confused. Through her content and services, Martine is committed to helping women embrace their personal truth, gain clarity, and take action to create healthier, happier lives. For more on Martine's candid views on life and love, visit her at candidbelle.com. To work with her, visit her at martineforeman.com. Martine resides in Maryland with her husband, two kids and sassy cat Pepper.

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