I have a friend that I chat with regularly who has been married for 43 years. That’s a lifetime! I always enjoy our times together because whenever the conversation turns to anything marriage-related she smiles because she’s been through it all, and then she always reassures me. The things that come up are not earth-shattering, just things that are par for the course but that can become burdensome if our perspective is skewed. Things like dealing with adult children, or the empty nest phase, or just day-to-day stuff.
My 28 years seems like baby steps compared to hers, but it’s reassuring to speak with someone who has more life experience in this area. Oh, by the way, she’s genuinely happy – she’s not saying one thing and doing something else. She’s had her share of ups and downs just like I have, but faces life each day with determination and joy. So wherever you are in this journey, here are 10 things that will help make your marriage last through hard times:
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