7 Habits of a Faithful Marriage

BY: - 27 Aug '13 | Marriage

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One of our readers recently asked us to address the topic of faithfulness.  I jumped at the opportunity to write the article.  I went to Google to get some other perspectives before writing, and what I found wasn’t all that great.

It was easier to get information on unfaithfulness and infidelity, than information on faithfulness and fidelity.  The fact that the negative info online outweighs the positive info was discouraging.  Maybe this reader felt the same way, and needed some encouragement.  There are so many opposing forces against our marriages.  If you aren’t careful your habits can be dictated by this.  It’s a tough fight, but your marriage is worth it.

The things you do day in and day out will set you up for success or failure in your marriage.  Your marital habits can lead you to infidelity, or a faithful marriage.  I’ve seen both, and I’ve noticed some habits that separate them.  If you want to make sure you have a faithful marriage, I encourage you to practice the 7 habits of a faithful marriage.

BMWK – Click through the 7 habits and share your thoughts.  Do you think these habits will help your marriage remain faithful?  What else would you suggest?

1. Be faithful in the small things.

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You practice being faithful, and you must do so in every aspect of your marriage.  The way you handle money.  Showing up or preparing dinner on time. Going to work daily.  Dating regularly.  Cleaning the house.  All these things build up your ability to be faithful, as well as your spouse's trust.

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Jackie Bledsoe, Jr. wrote 62 articles on this blog.

Jackie is an author, blogger, and speaker who helps men better love their wives and lead their families. He is the creator of The 7 Rings of Marriage™. You can receive his latest BMWK posts in your inbox, plus his latest marriage and parenting posts from around the web by subscribing to his weekly newsletter!

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“That’s A Mans Job”: 3 Scenarios Where We Need To Rethink Gender Roles

BY: - 27 Aug '13 | Marriage

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I get it!! It’s 2013 and gender roles have become more blurry. There is sometimes a power struggle that ensues between a couple; independent, successful women may find difficulty in letting a “man be a man,” especially if that woman is the main breadwinner. For some reason , I’m hearing of more tug of wars and competitions in marriages and relationships instead of more teamwork. There has to be a balance somewhere doesn’t it!?

Men will always be ultimate protectors of their families and households.  But as things change, men have to learn to find value outside of just traditional gender roles. Here are three scenarios to consider where embracing a change may be beneficial:

1) Money and Finances

Traditionally, society would say, that as the head of a household, the man should manage the finances. NEWS FLASH: All men aren’t great at finances or at managing them. There are many families in financial turmoil right now because the wrong person was managing the money and budget! If finance is a strength for your wife and she tends to be more responsible with deadlines then it doesn’t make you less of a man is she handles it. I’ll use myself as an example. My check gets deposited into our joint account and I trust my wife to make sure the bills are paid and the household finances are in order. This doesn’t mean that I don’t stay in the loop and help when needed; it just means she is the GO TO person because she is BETTER at it! I trust her to lead where she is stronger.

2) Cooking

I looooooove some good cooking and it is an extreme asset to have a woman that cooks well, but the truth is that all women can’t cook! More and more, there are men in households that cook better than their wives. The bottom line is that we all have to eat and I would rather eat the food of the person who cooks the best! I’m sure many of you have kids who would prefer daddy to cook over mommy and you know what….that’s OK! It doesn’t make you a softer man if you enjoy cooking; it makes you a well fed man! (Now ladies I don’t suggest not learning how to cook…when dad’s gone don’t make the family live off of chicken nuggets and French fries lol)!

3) Bringing home the bacon aka being the bread winner

I think this causes the most hellacious tug of war of them all. Sometimes as men, we feel like we are inferior if we make less money than our women. The truth is that women are getting educated at a higher pace than men and as a result they are starting to develop more skills and make more M-O-N-E-Y! If you are truly a team, then you should support her ambition as long as she is still being a great wife and mother and you a great husband!

This doesn’t mean that you as a man shouldn’t still have work ethic and provide for the household, but if she happens to make a little more money, then SO WHAT! As long as she doesn’t throw it up in your face and y’all are using those funds to provide for your family, children, and household then be her support system and not her dream killer! It’s all about BALANCE! Ladies your husband still needs you to be his wife and men your wife still needs you to be her husband and protector!

As society changes, relationship dynamics tend to change, but one thing will remain consistent: in a marriage you should be a team. As a team you must learn to utilize each other’s strengths in order to accomplish the end goals you have set together. Sometimes, we must put all egos aside and learn to build each other up instead of break each other down. Marriage is not a selfish institution; it’s a self-less institution.

BMWK Fam what are some roles that have shifted in your household?

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Troy Spry a Certified Life, Dating, and Relationship Coach and the one and only "Reality Expert", resides in Charlotte, NC. He created his blog, Xklusive Thoughts, with the intent of putting out a very realistic perspective and using it as a vehicle for inspiration! He hopes to challenge people to think differently and inspire people to do and be better in relationships and in life!

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