Editor’s Note: The following is a report on the practical applications of Tony and Lauren Dungy’s new book Uncommon Marriage: Learning about Lasting Love and Overcoming Life’s Obstacles Together(Tyndale House Publishers, 2014).
While it’s a significant accomplishment just to stay married in American culture (where more than half of all marriages end in divorce), it’s even better to build a marriage that keeps growing stronger over time. That’s what God hopes you and your spouse will do. You can do much more than simply try to hang onto your marriage; with God’s help, you and your spouse can grow closer to him and each other every new day of your lives together.
Here are 14 ways to build a lasting marriage:
Trust God to lead you well into an unknown future. You and your husband or wife can’t possibly know what future circumstances you all will encounter during your lives together – but God knows. No matter what happens to you all in the future – good or bad – place your trust fully in God to guide you through it well. Every day, ask the Holy Spirit to give you wisdom, so you’ll both know how best to deal with each situation you encounter.
Surround yourselves with a strong support network. Develop close relationships with friends andfamily who also trust God, and support each other in ways that strengthen each other’s marriages: prayer, encouragement, accountability, and practical help when needed. Participate in a healthy local church together and build close relationships there, as well.
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