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A Strong Marriage

The kids should never become more important than the spouse.
Ted Engstrom

Who of us is mature enough for offspring before the offspring themselves arrive? The value of marriage is not that adults produce children but that children produce adults.
Peter DeVries

Parents who love each other provide security and self-esteem for their children, which is the greatest bulwark against envy, jealousy, possessiveness and just about all the rest of love’s enemies.
Dr. Theodore Rubin

Nothing is worse for your marriage than building your marriage on your children.
Tommy Nelson

Children get much of their sense of security from the way their mother and father treat each other. So building the marriage relationship will have a powerful effect on the entire family culture.
Stephen Covey

For Husbands Only

If you want to be considered great by your wife, start by learning to become a servant. Any time you promote her program or agenda over yours – without grumbling or complaining – you are sacrificially loving her.
Gary and Norma Smalley

You can bear your own faults, and why not a fault in your wife?
Benjamin Franklin

God desires that a husband and wife function as one person, the strengths of one balancing the weaknesses of the other. One of the biggest mistakes any husband can make is to exclude his “helpmate” from the financial decision process.
Larry Burkett

Love is linked to self-esteem in woman. For a man, romantic experiences with his wife are warm and enjoyable and memorable – but not necessary. For a woman, they are her lifeblood. Her confidence, her sexual response and her zest for living are often directly related to those tender moments when she feels deeply loved and appreciated by her man.
James Dobson

A Happy Marriage

Part of making a marriage – or any relationship, for that matter – work is accepting each other’s differences.
T.D. Jakes

It is my job to love Billy. It is God’s job to make him good.
Ruth Bell Graham

The best romance is inside marriage; the finest love stories come after the wedding, not before.
Irving Stone

When viewing your spouse’s imperfections, don’t lose sight of your own.
Dennis Swanberg

Gentleness (a willingness to decrease our lectures and increase our tender expressions of love) is a key to marital growth. Tenderness acts like a firebreak to an advancing, angry forest fire.
Gary and Norma Smalley

For Husbands Only

Try praising your wife, even if it does frighten her at first.
Billy Sunday

Live happily with the woman you love through the fleeting days of life, for the wife God gives you is your best reward down here for all your earthly toil.
Ecclesiastes 9:9

A woman is invariably drawn to the man who provides loving leadership and resists making self-centered demands.
Todd Duncan

Treat your wife like a thoroughbred and she’ll never be a nag.

Your goal should be to become a genuine, loving and tender husband who does not lecture. Lectures during stressful times only create more stress.
Gary and Norma Smalley

A Happy Marriage

No one can continually ignore considerate, loving actions. If you make your mate feel special, you increase his or her desire to do the same for you.
Gary and Norma Smalley

Often the difference between a successful marriage and a mediocre one consists of leaving about three or four things a day unsaid.
Harlan Miller

Only a marriage formed of love, compassion, trust, service, caring and mutual respect will thrive and stay alive. If you do not serve your family, you are not qualified to lead your family.
Todd Duncan

To keep your marriage brimming,
With love in the loving cup,
When you’re wrong, admit it.
When you’re right, shut up.
Ogden Nash

I guess one of the greatest gifts a father can give a son is the example of how to treat your wife. My parents had their share of disagreements, as any couple married for more than forty years would have. But he always treated my mother with the utmost respect. It was obvious how much he loved her by the caring way he spoke to her and consulted her on big decisions.
Pat LaFontaine


If you have nothing in life but a great friend, you’re rich.
Michelle Kwan

Bad company corrupts good character.
1 Corinthians 15:33

Winning has always meant much to me, but winning friends has meant the most.
Babe Didrikson Zaharias

Friendships are valuable. If your partner is also your best friend, that’s invaluable. I just made Barbara smile.
Jack Nicklaus

Great Decisions

The man who insists upon seeing with perfect clearness before he decides, never decides.
Henri Frederick Amiel

Don’t spend a $1.00’s worth of time on a $.10 decision.

Good decisions, financial and otherwise, are marked by peace, not panic.
Ron Blue

Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in.
Napoléon Bonaparte

An incredible amount of hard feelings and conflict could be avoided if husbands would resolve not to make any decisions affecting their wives and the rest of their families without first getting their wives’ consent.
Gary and Norma Smalley