Marriage Lesson 14 of 20

Communication: It’s easy to assume that our spouse hears and understands the message behind the message we give them. More often than not, they don’t. It’s important to be clear. Communicating effectively is a skill we all need but few know how to do. Learning to voice our thoughts, feelings, hurts, and conflicts in a God honoring way is crucial to a healthy relationship. Many conflicts in marriage stem from deep patterns of poor communication. And often over little things that build up day in and day out over a period of time. Marriage is worth the effort in learning to communicate.

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My thoughts:

WOW!!  I am the absolute worst at this!  I want him to read my mind and know what I am thinking all the time.  I want him to be able to plan my next move.  HAHAHA!!

My mouth should be a fountain of life
Proverbs 10:11

How is any of that even possible when I don’t even know.  That is why when I feel something or want to express something I MUST simply speak.  Just express my thoughts, fears, doubts, and emotions (even if I don’t understand them).  He is simply there to help me through, as I am there to do the same for him.  We are to help our spouses express their emotions or make decisions together.  If we don’t communicate then the other may not even know there is any trouble in the waters.  We may be hurting and not have expressed to them and they are in the dark because men must be told and women typically read things ALL wrong!  I know I usually do.

My marriage is a decision to serve one another
I Corinthians 7:4

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So, pray together, pray for one another, and pray always.  Be open and communicate to one another, even when you almost don’t want to.

Lord, teach me to pray
Luke 11:1

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