According to some reports, Americans spent $72 billion on wedding ceremonies last year. That puts the average cost in the neighborhood of $30,000 per ceremony.
By contrast, most married couples will never invest a fraction of that amount into the marriage itself.
A successful marriage isn’t the by-product of an extravagant ceremony or an expensive honeymoon. If that were the case, celebrities would routinely set the standard for strong, healthy marriages.
A happy, fulfilling marriage isn’t about the big day, it’s about the every day.
On our Focus on the Family Broadcast “Experiencing the Best Marriage for You and Your Spouse,” we’re discussing how to have a loving, caring relationship where you and your spouse experience true intimacy – physically, emotionally and spiritually. You can tune in on your local radio station, online, on iTunes, via Podcast, or take us with you on our free phone app.
Our guests today are Ted and Nancie Lowe, who lead a ministry called marriedpeople.org. They help churches strengthen marriage through a variety of resources, including a podcast and a blog. And they speak at marriage events around the country. We’re going to hear about the book Ted has written called Your Best Us: Marriage Is Easier Than You Think.
Ted and Nancie propose four core habits of a good marriage, simple things every couple can do to improve their relationship:
- Have serious fun.
- Love God first.
- Respect and love.
- Practice your promise.
Whether you’re a newlywed, or you’ve been married for decades, we can all benefit from returning to the basics of good relationships and marriages. To further assist you in that endeavor, we’d like to send you a copy of Ted’s book for a gift of any amount. Check our website for details. We also have many other resources related to marriage, parenting, and faith available in our online store.
This program addresses marriages that could benefit from a tune-up, not those struggling with deep marital conflict. If your situation is serious, I invite you to call us at 1-800-A-FAMILY (232-6459). We have counselors who can offer you biblical and psychologically sound advice as well as suggest additional helpful resources.