Can You Thrive in a Marriage That is Not Thriving?

You Can be Content

Marriage isn’t like a merry-go-round. It’s not consistent. Marriage is more like a roller coaster—it has its ups and downs. How can you find contentment even when your marriage is at a low point? Julie Lowe is a counselor and faculty member for CCEF. She holds an M.A. in counseling from Biblical Theological Seminary, has over fifteen years of counseling experience, and teaches on topics ranging from parenting to marriage. Listen to Julie teaches couples how to be content regardless of the condition of their marriage.  

Julie said if you find your value and worth in your marriage, then your satisfaction can fluctuate as your marriage does. 

Have you ever experienced a time when your marriage was not thriving? How did you respond? Was it easier to withdraw or continue loving your spouse? Why?
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What do you think about loving your spouse without expecting that love in return? Why?
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Julie suggested that true satisfaction comes from finding contentment in God alone, not in your marriage.  

What would it look like for you to be content in your marriage? What expectations could you let go of to leave room for contentment?
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How can you show love to your spouse this week? What could you do to love them with no expected return?
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Thriving in your marriage means finding contentment in God and loving your spouse no matter what. Take time to pray for your spouse and your marriage. Ask God to teach you how to be content. 

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