#10 Tip for a Thriving Marriage - Coping with Change, Stress, and Crises

Part of the adventure of marriage lies in the challenge of facing difficulties together.  We’re thinking here particularly of the difficulties posed by external forces and pressures.  Like any vessel on a long voyage, the ship of marriage will almost certainly have to weather some storms.  Successful couples realize that this is inevitable.  They know that the house built on sand and the house built on rock will both endure the buffeting of the wind and the rain.  The only difference between the two structures lay in the quality of their foundations.

Because they understand this, these couples don’t flinch at the prospect of trouble.  They don’t consider it strange when trials come upon.  They don’t blame one another when misfortunes arise.  Instead, they take pains to anchor their marriage to the solid rock.  They prepare for the difficulties that life in a fallen world is likely to send their way.

This is just another aspect of the teamwork that characterizes a genuinely thriving marriage.  Husbands and wives who have a healthy, vibrant relationship face adversity side by side.  They proactively anticipate family challenges.  They work together to get on the same page when faced with stressful or critical situations.  They bear one another’s burdens and take the view that tribulations are, among other things, opportunities for growth and positive change.

The couples we have in mind are not too proud to seek outside help in times of trouble. They understand that being strong doesn’t necessarily mean going it alone.  As a result, they are willing to ask for and accept assistance when faced with difficulties they can’t handle on their own. 

Try This! Share with your spouse some of your troubles and seek wisdom and comfort from each other. Going through your concerns with the support from each other will strengthen your relationship!

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