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The whirlwind of everyday life helps us forget our partner's expectations and needs. Many of our expectations deal directly with needs that only our partner can meet. If neglected or ignored, these unmet needs lead us to feel unloved. So lets identify them!
These questions may be the most important questions you ever answer and work through together. Try identifying them on your own, then work through them with your spouse. In addition, Dr. Willard F. Harley, Jr. in his book His Needs Her Needs, offers a number of great insights about our needs. He helps couples identify and understand each others needs and the expectations that go with them.
Remember the quote from Covey, When they are unclear or unmet, we tend to feel uncertain or violated. When needs are unclear or unmet, we do feel uncertain, violated, frustrated, unhappy So lets get going with a fresh start in this fresh New Year, working on enriching our relationship with our spouse.
And that first step? Lets get together with our spouse, define our key needs, and work on meeting our partner's expectations. But lets not leave it there, lets take advantage of some great resources readily available to us to help us do just that.
Marriage holds families, churches, communities, and nations together; marriage matters to God ! Unfortunately Satan knows this all too well, and does all he can to destroy this beautiful relationship. So each month we want to give you resources to rebuild what is broken, maintain what is strong, and enrich what is healthy in our marriages and families. We will share resources from the Internet, readily available books, current seminars, video tape series and other spiritual resources to help us strengthen marriages and families as we live Together in His Grace.
Resources: Earlier, I referred to the book His Needs Her Needs by Dr. Willard F. Harley, Jr., which I highly recommend. Dr. Harley also has a web site that you can refer to. If you want to go much deeper into how the book can work for your marriage, there is an interactive seminar by Family Dynamics Institute. Again, I highly recommend this seminar. It enriched my marriage and made me a much better spouse. These seminars are held throughout the United States, and the Family Dynamics Institute web site has more information.
Remember, start the New Year off right by communicating your expectations and finding the needs of your spouse. Read His Needs Her Needs, or go to a Family Dynamics Institute seminar on His Needs Her Needs with your spouse. Help make your marriage be all that it can be, because marriage matters to God!
Byron and Lisa Ware work enriching marriages in their home congregation at Richland Hills Church of Christ. Byron is a Certified Network Engineer and Lisa is a school teacher, who specializes in reading enrichment.
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