11 Ways to a Better Marriage amid Quarantine | Beyond Small Talk

How is your relationship with your spouse lately?

If you had a hard time answering that question, perhaps it is time to pause and reflect today.

In a time of global pandemic, it is not always “marriage as usual.” You may be grateful to be with your family at this time of quarantine, but worriesuncertainties, and responsibilities could still pile up and get the best of you and your partner.

To help you overcome, Beyond Small Talk hosts Lara Quigaman-Alcaraz and husband Marco are here to share tips on how to better your relationship with your spouse even when you are stuck with each other 24/7. 

1. Pray together and seek God as a family

Have you ever tried praying with your family? Seeking God’s presence has never been more important in these trying times. As Marco shared, “Pray for each other, pray together as husbands and wives, and pray as a family.” Through prayers, invite God to reign over situations where you need Him most.

2.Read the Bible together

On good and bad times, where do you and your spouse turn to? Marco suggests that you turn to praying and Bible-reading.

3. Develop a personal relationship with God

Having a relationship with God matters. It’s like the glue that would hold all your other relationships together.

4. Love God more than your spouse and your children

Make your relationship with God your highest priorityover everyone and everything else in your life – and be amazed by how He would take care of your relationship with your spouse and children. 

5. Acknowledge that you cannot do anything apart from God

Recognizing God as an omnipotent God puts you in a humble position. Humbling yourself before God also allows Him to do His work in your family. Recognize that apart from Him, you cannot do anything.

As Jesus said in John 15:5 NLT, “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.

6. Talk to each other openly and honestly

You and your husband cope differently in a crisisThat’s why it’s important to openly communicate with each other with hopes of understanding your needs and responsibilities as husband and wife.

7. Never stop pursuing your wife

If you’re a husband, Marco advises that you continue to pursue your wife, even after you’ve already won her heartIt’s God who gave her to you. No matter how simple, make sure to give encouraging words and gestures that would fill up her love tank.

8. Submit to, respect, and serve your husband

If you’re a wife, Lara encourages you to submit to, respect, and serve your husband. Loving him unconditionally is like serving God by being a good steward of marriage.

9. Focus on and appreciate the good things that your spouse does for you

Instead of focusing on your partner’s negative behaviors and mistakes, why not focus on the positives? Appreciating the good things help strengthen your relationship. If a pressing matter needs to be dealt with, do it with all humilitygentleness, and patience (Ephesians 4:2 ESV)Remember that like you, your spouse is still a work in progress.

10. Forgive each other

Ephesians 4:32 ESV encourages you to be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. You cannot love God and not forgive your spouse. God wants the both of you to constantly forgive each other, just as Jesus constantly forgives you.

11. Put your trust in Jesus Christ alone 

Above all, people and seasons change, but God’s love remains forever. As Lara puts it, “He is the only one who never changes. He is good all the time. May you always trust Him and make Him the center of your marriage, for better and for worse.

Do you need someone to help you pray for your marriageYou may call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8737-0700, or send in your prayer requests to our Facebook page.

Stay tune to the next webisode of Beyond Small Talk on Saturday, June 13, 2020, on The 700 Club Asia Facebook page. 

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