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Build a Romance Bridge

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
Proverbs 17:22

Ever run into a brick wall, so to speak, with your husband? Can’t seem to pass “Go” without collecting 200 fresh wounds? Well, it’s time to build a bridge and tear down that brick wall. Here are your tools:

ATTITUDE – Get an attitude adjustment first.

Lighten up and do a 180-degree about face. Read the Sunday comics, grab an old comic book, turn on the Comedy channel, watch funny videos. Get in a better mood and pass it along to your husband. Invite your husband to tune in to comedy with you, too.

FRIENDSHIP – Go back to being friends

Just focus on being good friends; share compliments, do things for one another, go out and have fun together.

RELAX – Let your hair down.

Trust and relax. Be yourself. Don’t let old wounds open or fester. Forget the garbage memories and just be in the here and now together.

TIME OUT – Spend extra time together

Hire a sitter, order out, eat at fast food places, grab ice cream cones and go for walks in the park. Get to know each other all over again. That’s the key. Then you’ll remember why you fell for each other in the beginning.

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COMMUNICATION – Take it slow and easy.

Keep away from subjects that you don’t agree upon. And slowly re-learn to communicate with each other all over again. If necessary, and it’s not a crime or shame – get help. Seek a trusted friend or adviser, a church clergy member or certified professional counselor. No need to do it alone. Find your weak areas and plan for future communication difficulties.

GOALS – Gradually develop goals together

Write the goals down in a notebook just for the two of you. And over time, develop them, revise them, cross them off your list. The idea is to HAVE goals together and work towards a common interest

SCRAP BOOK – Create a memory album together.

Add photos, clippings, menus and anything that reminds you of the “good times.” Then when tough times comes, you’ll have something to “hold on to” – your bridge to romance.

So don’t just sit back and sulk. Take short steps to improve your marriage and let life’s problems pass by while you hold on to your marriage.

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