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Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you”
2 Corinthians 13:11
Some couples begin a relationship with that “starry-eyed happily-ever-after” feeling. They stand in front of the minister of their church and say, “I do,” committing to happy until death do us part. Somewhere along the line, probably between the first mortgage and the last tuition payment the romance can fade. The stress of work deadlines and household chores can leave partners a bit frenzied. Unfortunately the “couple connection” can become weakened. Individuals become too busy and fail to take the time to remember that the person across the table at breakfast is Mr./Ms. Right!
If this sounds a bit familiar, don’t despair. Reconnecting as a couple isn’t that complicated. Researchers at the University of Cincinnati Psychological Services Center surveyed couples who have been together for several years.
They developed the following list of “rules” for maintaining happy, committed relationships.
Prayer: Happy couples make a relationship through an active awareness of God’s love. They take time to pray together every day making a powerful spiritual connection. Most couples do it first thing in the morning.
Priorities: Happy couples make their relationship a priority even if it means rescheduling other obligations. Set aside time every day to “reconnect”.
Timing: Happy couples seize any time they can. Today’s culture offers many forms of competition such as increased work hours and a variety of activities. Resist the urge to “do it all”. Your relationship is more important! Make specific dates with your partner if you have to.
Recovery: Happy couples have learned to recover quickly from arguments and insults. If an issue needs to be addressed, they will often wait until a good time (after an enjoyable outing) to calmly discuss the issue when they are both at their best. They are prepared or I should say “Pre-prayed” for whatever comes their way.
Playfulness: Happy couples take their relationships seriously and know the value of fun and laughter. When life “rains on their parade” they find the humor. They know the value of nurturing the child within and taking the time to play together.
Communication: Happy couples keep the lines of verbal and non-verbal communication open. They share everything – problems and concerns as well as dreams, hopes and what they love about their partner.
Parenting: Happy couples don’t make their partner feel second to their children. They make sure children respect their privacy.
These secrets are really no secret at all, but simply common sense. A relationship is a relating – ship. Positive communication, communication, communication.
Basically, you should treat your partner as you would want to be treated yourself. The investment of a little time and effort is worth the reward of a happy, lasting relationship.
(Be sure to read the positive quote below.)
POSITIVE DAILY PRAYER:
I pray to God who is Love itself,
to come through me
with purity and intensity
to touch my beloved.
POSITIVE DAILY AFFIRMATION:
Right now, I recommit to my relationship giving the other person the time and attention we deserve.
POSITIVE DAILY QUOTE:
“Things which matter the most must never be at the mercy of things which matter the least.”
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