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Monday, April 26, 2010

Why Marriage Is Difficult

Some say a picture is worth a thousand words and I think this photo of my son’s tank (that I found in my daughters room) is just that! There is a bit of irony that I see displayed in her heart stickers being stuck to a military tank!

When I flip through a toy catalog it is obvious how different God made boys from girls - the girl toys include doll houses, princess dresses, pretty ponies and pretend baking items. For boys there are transformers, spidermen, Nerf guns, swords, planes and trains

Why is marriage difficult? Because God made men and women differently! And then we come together and rub each other the wrong way - we can either choose to respect and love each other's differences or... fight. And then how we handle that conflict will determine whether there is peace, joy and unity in your marriage or contempt, bitterness and isolation.

To learn the secret to surviving these differences visit Like a Warm Cup of Coffee where the rest of this article is posted...

Walk with the King!

I am participating in Marriage Mondays over at Come Have a Peace.



Blogger Sonya Schroeder said...

I agree Courtney! When chose to react differently when situations come up you will see your spouse react differently to you! When we study what God has asked of us as husband and wife practice will make a good effort.

Thanks for the reminder and have a great day!!!

I do Marriage Mondays too. We are talking about the 5 Love Languages. What a great addition to our marriage.

Serving with Joy,

April 26, 2010 at 8:48 AM  
Blogger becca said...

Hee hee! Cute picture.
Good visual reminder of the clashes in interests and personalities, only made peaceful through God's grace and our willingness!

April 26, 2010 at 8:53 AM  
Blogger Warren Baldwin said...

Courtney, this picture was hilarious. Mind if I copy and use it on power in some of my talks on family? It really does illustrate the difference b/n boys and girls and men and women.

My brothers and I had pocket knives at a very young age. They were usually cheap ones, and on several of them the outer cover fell off, revealing the metal sides underneath. One day one of my brothers found his pocket knife colored a "pretty" color. Our little sister found it and thought it looked to bland and ugly, so she took the initiative to make it look nicer. There were some fireworks at home that morning!

Good post. I'll try to link over and read the rest of it.

April 26, 2010 at 8:56 AM  
Blogger Kelley with Amy's Angels said...

My fiance and I just finished our pre-marriage counseling and this was EXACTLY what we focused on through the Prepare/Enrich inventory. We have been "prepared" for how the marriage tends to cycle and we are now "enriched" with how we take that and move forward.

We were told that there can be two couples with the exact same make up: time together, number of kids, common interests, etc. etc. One couple can be happy, one couple can be miserable. The happy couple is happy not because they don't argue--it's how they argue and get through it.

Thanks for your post! It was a good reminder!

April 26, 2010 at 9:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While I've heard the love/respect dichotomy before, this post made something click. There was a book (it may have been For Women Only) that featured a survey asking whether love or respect were more important. It said that women overwhelmingly chose love, but that men tended to protest that they were the same thing. When I combine that information with Jesus's dictat "if you love me you will obey my commandments," it seems like respect HAS to be just another form of love, in which case we all want love, and what women need in particular is something more like affection.


April 26, 2010 at 12:18 PM  
Anonymous Michelle said...

Very true!

April 26, 2010 at 2:46 PM  
Blogger HB said...

Kelly, "The happy couple is happy not because they don't argue--it's how they argue and get through it." Very well put!!
By the way - can you make a list?:

April 26, 2010 at 5:47 PM  
Blogger Leslie and James said...

Heading over the finish the article. Just wanted to say that picture makes me smile:)

April 26, 2010 at 9:06 PM  
Blogger Courtney (Women Living Well) said...

Warren - yes, feel free to use this picture for your talks! If you use it anywhere on-line please link it back to this post.

April 27, 2010 at 3:13 PM  

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