By taking on human nature, he enables us to interact with him just as we interact with any human friend: “I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing.
"When you keep your requests to three sentences or fewer, it's almost impossible to blame, use sarcasm or use put-downs." It's also a lot more likely that you'll get your point across without losing your spouse's attention. If either person thinks he or she is losing, he or she will ratchet up the stakes and escalate the issue." The next time you see a spousal spat going to a not-so-happy place, take a break and revisit the subject when neither one of you feels overwhelmed by the topic. Intimacy is an important part of a vital relationship, and one of the first areas to suffer if feelings are floundering. The point is: Give yourself as long as you need to really wallow in the misery of these grudges. These grudges have lost their usefulness.'" Then take a match and burn them.
But sexual encounters can also be one of the quickest ways to reconnect and rekindle with your partner. Overconfidence can lead to complacency, which is not good for any relationship. When did he feed the cat because the smell of cat food makes you want to hurl? "The funeral fantasy will help you remember to appreciate your spouse."Many people stay in troubled marriages because they believe they have no other choice.
"Learn how to prioritize and put boundaries around activities that keep you healthy and whole—activities like rest, relaxation, fitness and time with friends." In other words, remember that scheduling "me" time into your day is not selfish, it's a necessity.
It will strengthen your relationship because you'll have a saner version of "you" to bring to the "us" equation.
The whole history of salvation follows this same pattern.
God begins to unfold his plan of redemption by establishing a relationship with the chosen people of Israel, and this relationship becomes the central characteristic of Israel’s very identity.
Before you know it, there will only be a few bite-size problems left.
Money is one of the biggest stressors in a marriage. If you find you and your spouse are starting to badger each other over the bottom line, it's time to have a penny-pinching powwow. "There's a concept called 'loss aversion' in economics, which simply means we really hate to lose.
Original sin shattered a relationship of trust between God and the human family: “Man, tempted by the devil, let his trust in his Creator die in his heart” (CCC, 397).