The best marriages have GRIT [replay]

Great relationships have grit: Passion and Perseverance

GRIT: firmness of character; indomitable spirit; pluck (dictionary.com)

Passion
An intense desire or enthusiasm for something. strong and barely controllable emotion. A thing arousing enthusiasm. The suffering and death of Jesus.

Perseverance
steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success. Other words for perseverance: persistence, tenacity, determination, staying power, steadfastness, purposefulness…

What does this mean for your relationship? Everything!

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Your Dream Implementation - Married on Purpose

  1. What is your dream statement
    1. To honor God and others by relentlessly pursuing authentic relationships, valuing hospitality, self-awareness, diversity, adventure, joy and freedom in Christ.
  2. Validate each other’s dreams
    1. Your official Dream Statement should be a healthy combination of both your desires.
    2. Matthew 7:12 “Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.”
  3. Ask what we can do to further develop and encourage each other’s dreams.
    1. What do you think would be the best way for us to pursue authentic relationships?
    2. What kind of adventure would be fun or exciting for you?
  4. Decide on a win/win for your statement
    1. What does a win/win mean and is it biblical?
    2. 'Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God. Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear...
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Married on Purpose - The Game Plan

  1. Without a clear and defined purpose (which we will from now on refer to as your DREAM) how can you expect your marriage to be all it can be? If you do not know where you are headed together as a couple, or what kind of legacy you want to leave through your children and moments of your marriage, then how can you expect to truly enjoy your marriage. Spending day after day in a bottomless pit of indecision, confusion, and lack of a dream will (or already has) take a huge toll on your marriage happiness and enjoyment.
    1. “A man without a vision is a man without a future. A man without a future will always return to his past.” (P.K. Bernard)
  2. Praying together about your Dream Statement
    1. Prayer is an important element to this study being a successful experience. Prayer is also important on a global level as well for your relationship. Without prayer, your relationship is missing out on God's direction and encouragement. Prayer is our intimate time with God and it WILL draw you...
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Bright Tomorrows - a story about mental illness and two psychotic breaks

Tim and Nancy's story should inspire anyone about what it takes to stay committed to each other through "sickness and in health"!

Tim wrote:

Since 1979 I have lived with the consequences of a brain-based mental health challenge called bipolar disorder. Through these years I have experienced episodes of extreme mania, protracted periods of dark depression, as well as eruptions of psychosis.

Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison, a leading authority and herself a diagnosed bipolar, clearly expresses the effects of this brain disorder in her book, “Touched with Fire.” She wrote that bipolar illness “encompasses the extremes of human experience. Thinking can range from florid psychosis, or ‘madness,’ to patterns of unusually clear, fast, and creative associations, to retardation [slowing down] so profound that no meaningful activity can occur.”* This very succinctly and accurately describes how I have often experienced bipolar disorder.

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[re-air] Four things every couple needs to know about sex

Today we are talking about sex, possibly one of the greatest gifts outside of eternal life God ever gave humankind! To help us with this conversation, Dave Willis of strongermarriages.com, is going to lend his expertise...and trust me, this guy has millions of readers, likes, and more.

Coming up next we talk about the 4 things every couple needs to know about sex.

About Dave and Ashley Willis (www.strongermarriages.com)

  • Almost 1 million likes on their Facebook page!
    • https://www.facebook.com/strongermarriages/
  • Millions of readers on their blog
  • Pastor at Stevens Creek Church near Augusta, Georgia
  • Authors of The 7 Day Marriage Challenge (Husband edition and Wife edition)

4 things every couple needs to know about sex

  • Where do you come up with all this great content?
  • Who was your inspiration to get into marriage ministry?
  • What’s the worst fight you and Ashley have had?
  1. Most MEN see sex as a form of stress relief while most WOMEN need stress relief BEFORE they can be in...
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Tonight: Top 10 ways to hack your husband's sex drive

  1. Initiate don’t hesitate… “So slide over here; And give me a moment; Your moves are so raw; I've got to let you know; I've got to let you know; You're one of my kind…”

  2. “Honestly, do you really even need a list?” so said my 20 yr old daughter!

  3. Be open to change and creativity.

  4. Build excitement and anticipation.

  5. Serve up a five star meal, meat and potatoes or a fast food meal.

  6. Enjoy sex with him, because he truly desires your pleasure too!

  7. Stop criticizing him for being a man, sex is not just for pleasure, it is also his way to bond with you and connect emotionally.

  8. Leave the lights on for a possible change, men tend to be visually stimulated.

  9. Be affirming.

  10. Plan sex.  That’s right, talk with your husband and discover how many times he’d enjoy having sex in a month and what kinds of things he enjoys.

 If you have missed any of the previous episodes, just click here.

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How to survive the drive

How to survive the drive!

  1. Keep it positive
    1. Give each other the benefit of the doubt
    2. Are you really supposed to blow everything off?
      1. No, you can’t really, but before you say anything
        1. Ask yourself, “Is this a life or death issue?”
        2. “Could I be judged for the same thing?”
        3. In the heat of the moment, should you wait, even if it’s just five minutes?
        4. What’s my goal in saying anything...Shame? Apology? Correct?
  2. In order to survive the drive, chill, take a breath, and keep these questions front and center if anything comes up.
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Tonight - Top 10 ways guaranteed to turn your wife on

  • This is actually not that difficult! It begins and ends with placing high value and honoring your wife.  Make her #1 and sex is an outpouring of how much she feels loved!
  • Be a great dad! Sounds sick, but trust us, it does the trick!
  • Overwhelm her with affirmation about her life, her looks, and her future.
  • It’s old advice, but it is still true today.  Be a listener.  If you are a typical man who loves to solve problems, it doesn’t necessarily work with your wife.  Most times she just wants to be heard and validated.
  • Ask her the trillion dollar question…”What are things I could do for you that really help you get in the mood?”  Then do those things out of a desire to server her, not get sex!
  • Clean, the Mr. Clean commercial couldn’t be more real (at least for most women). https://youtu.be/GDzMxlw2Fgo
  • Be thoughtful. Look for opportunities to do loving things for your wife on a weekly basis (daily ultimately)....
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Tonight: oral sex, toys and so much more

  1. What kind of boundaries does the bible give around sex and marriage?
    1. Be honoring, kind, serving, patient….loving!
    2. That’s it!
    3. Leviticus 18:6-23
      1. 6 “‘No one is to approach any close relative to have sexual relations. I am the Lord.
      2. “‘Do not dishonor your father by having sexual relations with your mother. She is your mother; do not have relations with her. “‘Do not have sexual relations with your father’s wife; that would dishonor your father. 9 “‘Do not have sexual relations with your sister, either your father’s daughter or your mother’s daughter, whether she was born in the same home or elsewhere. 10 “‘Do not have sexual relations with your son’s daughter or your daughter’s daughter; that would dishonor you. 11 “‘Do not have sexual relations with the daughter of your father’s wife, born to your father; she is your sister. 12 “‘Do not have sexual...
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New series Tonight: Why married sex is the best sex

Married sex is the best sex

  1. Why do a series of shows on sex? Married sex is the best sex!
    1. Because it seems as though this is the topic of conversation you, the listener is most interested in.
    2. Our number one show is titled “Is Oral sex allowed for a Christian couple”.
    3. Oddly enough most couples don’t ever truly learn about the needs and desires of their spouse...so we are going to help facilitate a conversation about them.
    4. There is still a lot of misinformation out there for couples, we want to clear the air and get you on the right path for a healthy sex life.
  2. Let’s start off this series with some good ole healthy facts and figures about sex and the married couple
    1. Married people have the best sex
      1. Sex isn’t only about personal pleasure, it’s about loving someone unconditionally and meeting their needs intimacy wise.
      2. PsychologyToday.com “For example, if you have sex twice a week you may experience the equivalent of being two years younger...
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