21 TIPS FOR A HAPPY MARRIAGE

1.
Know how to make your spouse laugh

2.
Communicate to your spouse what romantic is to you

3.
Look into your spouse’s eyes while listening

4.
Give at least one compliment a day

5.
Make every anniversary a special celebration

6.
Be willing and able to say “I’m sorry”

7.
Never get too old to hold hands

8.
Know the importance of courtship after marriage

9.
Unexpected gifts can bring great pleasure

10.
Communicate, don’t demand, your sexual needs

11.
Know how to appreciate and accept the differences in your spouse

12.
Know how to agree more and argue less

13.
Know the vaule of a hug

14.
The qualities within you spouse that ignited you interest when you first met are still there

15.
Don’t habitually criticize

16.
Be willing to move on past old hurts and negative experiences in your marriage

17.
Call for no reason

18.
Date once a week

19.
Know that guidelines for a great marriage won’t work unless you apply them

20.
Learn to forgive quicker and easier

21.
Understand that your spouse is priceless

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Article by Trey Morgan

I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Read 1182 articles by
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  1. Tim Archer says:

    Good stuff. Just don’t let my wife read this, though, or I’m in trouble. 😉

    Ephesians 4:26 has been big for us; never go to bed angry.

    Grace and peace,
    Tim

  2. Stachia says:

    Clay asked me last night what made a marriage work. Thanks for the post.

  3. Brian Nicklaus says:

    good stuff,

    tim,
    I was going to say, “I’ll make sure my wife reads it”

    oh well,
    thanks trey

  4. DJG says:

    Good stuff.. I would add learn to be interested in things your spouse is passionate about….even if you don’t understand it.

  5. TREY MORGAN says:

    djg … excellent one.

  6. Marie says:

    Great post! Sometimes I forget to do the little things with kids running everywhere. I’ll have to remember to put these into practice- Thanks Trey

  7. Monalea says:

    Good post, Trey.

    djg,

    I need to be more attuned to the ‘learn to be interested in things your spouse is passionate about’….even if you don’t understand it.

    It has taken 27 years for me to realize I need to do this. NASA, WWII, airplanes, football, old Gospel music…. I just don’t always get, or truthfully want to get.

    Thanks for the nudge.

  8. TREY MORGAN says:

    NASA? WWII? Old Gospel music? It’d take more than a nudge for me! ha ha ha (please pass that on to Daryl)

  9. Bobby Cohoon says:

    Good list brother!

    Bobby

  10. chris says:

    Great stuff, Trey. I appreciate your posting it.

    New entry on my page if anyone is interested in reading it.

    http://www.chrisclouse.wordpress.com

  11. Anonymous says:

    Trey – who would have ever thought that Lea could be a NASCAR fan? It’s obvious she loves you..even tho you are a JG fan! LOL I will have to give her credit tho..it took me a lot longer to watch those cars “go in circles” around the track for 3 or 4 hours!

    And, off subject, that picture of you and Cooper cracks me up. For those of you who don’t know…don’t ever leave a camera laying around..Trey WILL pick it up and take a picture of himself. You have no idea how many pictures Shalane has of you, Trey..taken by you!

  12. The Preacher's Household: says:

    good stuff. It is so easy to gloss over these things. Trey I appreciate your repeating this theme regularly. It is so important.
    James

  13. Stoned-Campbell Disciple says:

    Great stuff. Love the photo. Love Harley’s book too.

    But when I read the list I realize how far short I fall from honoring my babe the way I should. I thank God she is gracious to me. Thank you for reminding of how I am to respond to God’s wonderful blessing to me.

    Shalom,
    Bobby Valentine

  14. TREY MORGAN says:

    Sandi … you are right … Lea is a great girl. For her to be such a sports fan just because she wants to have the same interests is fantastic. And can I plead innocent on this picture thing?

    James … thought you guys were in Tulsa?

  15. John Smulo says:

    Great list! It’s good to see something helpful on marriage. I don’t think we talk about it enough in the blogosphere.

  16. TREY MORGAN says:

    John … I appreciate it. I’ve been a little worried that I’ve been hitting the “marriage” stuff too hard.

  17. Anonymous says:

    I don’t think you can hit the marriage stuff too hard!

    Great tips for everyone to remember.

    -nb

  18. The Preacher's Household: says:

    Trey, we were in Tulsa, but the motel had a computer. It was nice at the end of the day to escape for a minute and check out what everyone was doing. The weird thing is that James thought someone introduced themselves as Brian but we don’t think Brian was in Tulsa. We had a great time.
    James is priceless and yet very affordable.
    Kathy

  19. The Preacher's Household: says:

    As Kathy said, we had a great time at Tulsa. We were able to make the trip for 5 days on next to nothing. The expensive part was Kathy’s 29th (at least that is what she calls it) birthday. Wednesday we went out to Carino’s and had a really nice lunch (not cheap). Thursday the actual birthday we had lunch at a diner on route 66 (you know what kind of 66 nuts we are – again not cheap)and gave her three pretty nice gifts (none were homemade but were what she wanted – again not cheap). Half the money we spent on the trip we spent on her birthday. She said affordable because I know how to do things on a shoe-string. Us poor preachers have to do that you know. I am sure part of the attraction of the Duece is the price.
    I am not cheap. I am not cheap…
    James (it is good to be home)

  20. TREY MORGAN says:

    I’m glad Tulsa was great for you guys. I’m going next year for sure and I’m taking the whole family.

    Happy birthday Kathy. I’m sure it was a good one. Glad you got to eat at a lot of cool places. But you should try the Deuce sometime. It’s not what I’d call inexpensive, but being a buffett, my boys never leave hungry. :)

  21. Anonymous says:

    Wonderful list….It should be given to every new bride and every new groom.

    Cathy

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