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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

How To Communicate Your Needs To Your Husband

I made a mistake! I made a video about a year ago where I talked about "how to change your husband". In the video, I addressed the overly demanding and nagging wife and neglected to mention the dangers of being a wife who silently stuffs down her feelings. So I just deleted the old video and re-shot the video below in its place.

Last Friday I attended an all day Marriage Seminar by Dr. David Clarke.

(pictured with us is Clare from Peak313 Fitness)

During the seminar, Dr. Clarke shared about a scenario that he sees in marriages that are on the brink of divorce. Women come into his office who are miserable. They have stuffed down all their needs for years and there in his office they finally release all that they have been feeling. By this point, their marriage is hanging on by a thread. The wife is angry and bitter and has enabled her husband to treat her wrongly. Their marriage is damaged and restoration is hard work.

I hope to encourage anyone who feels like they are hanging onto the side of a cliff and about to fall. If you feel like you are just too tired and too weary and you can't hang on anymore. You need to pray. Pray about your hurts and needs and then tell your husband "we need to talk". This will set the stage for a serious discussion.

The video below will explain further.

If your spouse is struggling with an addiction - you need outside help in your marriage. Please see a pastor, elder, an older woman you trust or call a Christian counsellor. Focus on the Family has a 1-800 number that you can call Monday through Friday 6am to 8pm. It's 1-800-232-6459.

Do not wait to address the festering sores in your marriage until you end up a statistic. Work on your marriage today. I am praying for all - May God Bless your marriages ten fold!

Walk with the King!

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Blogger Olivia said...

Thank you so much for constantly sharing wisdom from God's Word! As a girl who isn't married yet, but hopes to be soon, I am learning so much from mature Christian women like you. This video was really practical, and I hope it helps a lot of other women, too, with a tension that can be hard to get right! I love that all Scripture is profitable and useful to equip us, even proverbs about wives for women who aren't wives yet. :) Thank you for your example of valuable ministry toward your family and for using what you learn to serve through your other ministry on the blog! I'm praying for you!

March 8, 2011 at 11:18 PM  
Blogger Stacy @ Delighting in the Days said...

Thanks for this post Courtney.

March 9, 2011 at 2:00 AM  
Blogger Faith said...

Thank you so much for this timely message! My hubby and I have been married for just over a year, but have spent it living separately due to his station with the military. We just relocated to AL 2 weeks ago and are all trying to adjust to living under the same roof. I know I sure needed to hear this today as I struggle with expectations of what married life should look like in our new circumstances. I so appreciate the role model you are and look forward to many more life lessons as we walk with the King together!

March 9, 2011 at 10:24 AM  
Blogger DoleValleyGirl said...

Wise words! Thanks for the encouragement.

March 9, 2011 at 10:27 AM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

This is something I have been struggling with lately. Thanks so much for posting it and being willing to re-tracked something you previously posted. Thanks for continuously pursuing truth!

March 9, 2011 at 10:28 AM  
Anonymous Anna said...

Wow, thank you. I've never really heard this addressed from a Christian perspective before. I often swing between the two extremes. I will sometimes make my "needs" very clear, and then I will give up and begin to harbor bitterness inside and shut down from my husband.

I like what you said about giving it time before you mention things, and then being honest about why you're bringing them up.

Thanks, Courtney!

March 9, 2011 at 11:07 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

Thanks, I needed to hear this today!

March 9, 2011 at 11:14 AM  
Blogger Lisa Maria said...

Courtney, this video really spoke to my heart today.. I used to be that wife who sucked it up and allowed bitterness and resentment to fester in my heart. Unfortunately, I would then, when the stress got too much for me, explode with everything that I was holding on to. Its taken us close to 20 years to come to the point of balance that you speak of. What a blessing you are to us women.. I truly wish that I had had your wisdom when I was younger.
Love & Blessings

March 9, 2011 at 12:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This could not have been MORE timely! It's resolved about 75% of my hangups in my marriage. I grew up in a family that didn't communicate emotions and feelings. Everyone stuffed them down and dealt differently. In turn, I'm now learning how to communicate and share. I struggle with feeling free to share without overstepping my boundary as a wife. Thank you for blessing us all with this Courtney, I'll be implementing this immediately in hopes that the next conflict doesn't become a midnight crisis.

March 9, 2011 at 12:57 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

On the days when I am home and able to get dinner on the table as soon as my husband gets home or (shortly there after), I have him call me on his way home. He ride home is roughly 35 mins so I know when I need to start my meals so they are still nice and hot when he arrives. Saves us some arguments for sure :-)

March 9, 2011 at 3:17 PM  
Blogger Sonya Schroeder said...

Thank you Courtney for the great reminder. I use to be the wife that just spoke her mind about her feelings however it didnt come across in love. The Lord has shown me great things with this struggle. I can now come to my husband and express my needs in love so that he truly hears what I am saying. He tries harder when I speak to him in love. It has been a great lesson and great walk learning to be more loving!

March 10, 2011 at 6:18 AM  
Anonymous Christin/Joyful Mothering said...

So funny that you mentioned dinner on time because that is one area that really bothered me as well!

I did mention it and funny thing is, he agreed. He agreed he didn't like being late all the time and would rather sit and eat dinner with the family--but, with the way his work is, it's just not always possible. It's just not. He gets off at 6pm and often doesn't even leave the shop until 6:15pm. So he'd roughly be home by about 6:30pm.
That makes for a late dinner for my little ones. I've tried several things.
I've tried pushing dinner back and offering a snack. It doesn't work because they just want more snack (because they are still hungry). Kids tend to get cranky when they're hungry (so do adults, right?! ;) )
So, finally, I just had to let go of the idea and heat his food up when he gets home.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts -- they are right on! :)

March 10, 2011 at 1:37 PM  
Blogger Audrey said...

Courtney, thank you so much for this!! This subject got brought up in our GMG group, so this video will help us so much. I know it's hard to find the perfect balance between a bitter, resentful, quiet wife and a quarrelsome one.... this is fantastic (and timely!) advice. Thank you so much!

March 10, 2011 at 2:45 PM  
Blogger Heather G. said...

I really enjoyed this video! Thanks for sharing it!

I just awarded you the "Stylish Blog Award" at my blog! Just follow the link below to claim it! :)

March 10, 2011 at 5:23 PM  

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