The Building Blocks of a Good Marriage

lovers.jpgAccording to Australian Family First senator Steve Fielding, divorce adds to the impact of global warming as couples switch to wasteful single lifestyles.

His claims were highlighted today in the story, Divorce adds to climate change says Family First senator Steve Fielding.

We understand that there is a social problem (with divorce), but now we’re seeing there is also environmental impact as well on the footprint.

He’s certainly got a point. If divorce means that families that once occupied one household are now split between two homes, they will be using up more resources than if they stayed together.

While I think there is merit in looking after the planet, I think there are far greater reasons to keep marriages together. I understand that it may not always be possible and that many readers already know the pain of divorce. Although I’ve never experienced it I know that it must be a devastating experience and that there aren’t too many people who would take such a step lightly.

So if we’re to keep marriages together, even turning difficult marriages around, we need to go back to basics and understand the building blocks of marriage and our part in keeping a relationship not only alive but thriving and growing.

Once a fortnight during my morning radio programme on 98.5 Sonshine FM I chat to Rob Furlong about relationships of various kinds. We discuss how to develop better relationships. The only person we can truly control in our relationships is our self so we also discuss ways to move forward personally so that we can bring everything we should to a relationship.

This morning we started discussing the building blocks of marriage. Today’s segment was just the beginning in a journey that we’ll take over the coming months as we seek to look at the most important characteristics of a good, solid marriage.

If you’d like to hear what Rob has to say just click the play button on the audio player at the bottom of this post.

What do you think are the essentials of a good marriage? Are there things you know now that you wish you’d known before you married? If you’re single, how are you discovering what you need to know to equip you for marriage?


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Rodney Olsen

Rodney is a husband, father, cyclist, blogger and podcaster from Perth Western Australia.

He previously worked in radio for about 25 years but these days he spends his time at Compassion Australia, working towards releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name.

The views he expresses here are his own.

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  • Never thought of it like that. Seems to me that global warming consequences are the least of your worries if you go through marriage problems. And maybe the extra warmth will melt some ice-cold hearts – who knows? 😉

  • Paul, that’s a beautiful sentiment.

    But what about all the single people who refuse to be part of a couple? At least us ex-marrieds gave it a red hot (ha!) go. Perhaps the government needs to step in and establish a matchmaking service to get more households doubling up?

  • LOL to hazelblackberry’s comment 🙂

    Are there things you know now that you wish you’d known before you married?. Goodness yes! Marriage is very very good but I wish I hadn’t wasted so much of my singleness worrying about whether I was ever going to marry. I think you can only prepare for marriage so much; you learn everything else along the way.

  • There are several things that I have learned so far along this beauty of the marriage journey. One of the major aspects is keeping God an active part of our individual lives as well as alive in our marriage. We both agree to seek God in prayer in every aspect from romance to raising our children.

    with blessings,

    Minister Mamie

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