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Most of the struggles and disappointments that have taken place in our marriage have dealt with the difference between expectations and reality. We have had many conversations, in our relationship building process, dealing with the gap between these two points.
This week, in part 2 of “The Unexpected Realities in Marriage”, we talk about some things that you can do to overcome these breakdowns and improve the quality of your relationship.
We continue our discussion this week on expectations vs reality. We are going to branch off into the area of sexual expectations that we will call “Great Sexpectations”. I know all too well that this is a taboo subject in our culture (Christian America). The varying opinions concerning the sexual topic are as numerous as the stars in the sky.
This week we are going to expand on Great Sexpectations, and talk about Intimacy in Marriage. We want to keep our conversation focused on progressing forward in your relationships and not getting bogged down in guilt and shame. Guilt and shame are not of God but are used by the enemy to keep you from reaching your full Godly potential in your marriage. The Holy Spirit convicts us of sin in order to lead us closer to God; not to bury us under the weight of our sin.
This week we will take on the subject of divorce. It is a big nasty topic that affects 1.2 million marriages annually in the United States alone. No one is immune to its sting and a large percentage of people have been through a divorce or have family members who have been divorced. Divorce is like a war. Though both parties involved may survive, nobody wins and everyone loses.
The week we’re going to discuss the raising of children. We consider them to be part of the unexpected realities, in marriage. Most parents are not prepared for the changes that children add to their life. In our experience, the girls shocked and surprised us more than they ever created any real heartache. They came up with twists and turns that we are not sure any parent could prepare for in advance. As a couple, we had to learn how to unify our front in dealing with them.