"During many of my prewedding coaching sessions, couples will see the hand writing on the walls that their marriages will be in trouble. But some of them chose to ignore it and go on with the I dos. When trouble signs are afoot, they normally harbinger marriage failure or unhappiness. Don't ignore the truth. Enter into the marriage with your eyes wide open, and the willingness to overcome any problems with your time and attention, sacrifices and compromises, and the wisdom needed for your marriage to succeed. Both of you must be willing to see your financial investment and love through the obstacles that can destroy a partnership, so that a lasting relationship results." Rev. Burns
Each year, couples marry or remarry. And each marriage is a unique combination of two people who decide to join their lives.
No two marriages will be exactly alike, but many couples share similar hopes for their marriages. When people marry, they hope they are making a lifetime commitment. Most of them believe in "until death do us part" and "happily ever after." They want their marriage to last and to provide intimacy, friendship, and fulfillment. Many spouses want their spouse to be their best friend as well as their partner in life.
Yet, all couples face challenges and obstacles. Getting married is easy. Staying married is tough. Less than half of all married people describe their marriage as truly happy.
Love is not enough. Because most couples begin marriage with high hopes and lots of love. Over time, as problems build up, love is weakened. Creating a strong marriage demands dedication, commitment, and learning how to handle conflict and disagreements effectively.
THERE ARE THREE FACTORS THAT PREDICT A SUCCESSFUL MARRIAGE:
Dealing with conflict
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