How to Save Your Family: Get Help for Your Hurting Marriage
What’s the solution for a couple like Stacy and Brandon?
Don’t give up.
Work on your marriage—because your odds of finding happiness are amazingly good if you stick it out.
According to one University of Chicago study, 77 percent of couples who described themselves as “very unhappy” in their marriages—but who stayed together—five years later described their marriages as either "very happy" or "quite happy." Interestingly, unhappy couples who did divorce remained unhappy even apart.
It’s natural, in the midst of pain, loneliness or when we are carrying overwhelming burdens, to feel like escape is the only option. But circumstances change: financial pressures come and go, teens become young adults (marital stress often peaks when teens are in the house), and jobs and health issues wax and wane.
And relationships can change, too.
Couples like Stacy and Brandon need to know that their marriage not only can be saved, it can flourish. Finding help is the key.
One vital source for marriage help is FamilyLife.com, headed by marriage experts Dennis and Barbara Rainey. The web site shares stories of couples wounded by infidelity, financial irresponsibility, painful loneliness, and even hatred---but who discovered life-changing help to change those situations. In the process, they rediscovered God’s plan for their marriage and found happiness.
Retrouvaille, a “lifeline” for marriages, is a highly effective program for couples with serious marriage problems. And check out these websites, Smart Marriages, National Marriage Week for outstanding, targeted resources to help any marriage problem. Dr. James Dobson, who has been helping families stay together for years, has a new powerful national radio show and website to help couples in need: www.MyFamilyTalk.com.
Reach out. Ask for help. Your marriage is worth saving!