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Weekly meetings for couples

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Marriage is hard work. How you want to put in the hard work is up to you. We used to work ourselves to death trying to be in-the-right and filling our arsenals for the next argument. We use to battle against each other and tire ourselves out from screaming and crying. The words we said were hurtful and tore our marriage apart.

That was a lot of work!

I still can’t believe how much time and energy I invested into arguments that I knew were only going to put down my spouse and tear my marriage apart.

There’s a story behind what brought about the change, but that’s another post for another day.

I’ve since made it a priority to invest the same (if not more) time into building my husband up, gaining trust, fulfilling my calling as a wife, creating healthy and safe ways to handle conflict, and communicating. And I mean communicating. We used to say a whole lot… most of it untrue and extremely hurtful, meant to put the other down. But we did not communicate.

I want to include a section in my planner for couples meetings, because open communication and transparency about everything is key to building your relationship and strengthening the bond of marriage.

Some things we include in our meetings are

  • Financial goals and the monthly budget, as well as major purchases and savings goals.
  • Planning vacation destinations.
  • Career development and check-in.
  • How are we communicating?
  • How are we handling conflict?
  • How much conflict do we have?
  • Are we avoiding conflict?
  • Family matters (kids, in-laws, where to spend the holidays…)
  • What did I do well since the last meeting?
  • What can I improve on?
  • What do you need from me in this season (upcoming week)?
  • How can I pray for you?
  • What are our date night plans?

Talk about your desires: career, family, continuing education, major purchases, emotional or physical needs, health.

Make long and short term goals together. See where your goals align and go for them. See where you disagree and find a compromise. Learn to show your spouse their importance. Be willing to sacrifice and invest in them.

Comment your couple’s meeting topics below!

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