How to Cure a Failing Marital Relationship
Annette Nay, Ph.D.
Copyright © 2007
Many men have asked why their wife does not want them to touch them
anymore or want to be with them. They cannot understand what has
occurred in their marriage that has brought them to this point. Most
often it is because the wife is relegated to the care of the children
and the husband is tied up with his job and the two worlds never meet
until sex is wanted. Since there is no relationship, sex becomes a act
of duty not of love that binds the relationship together.
You may think this answer trite in the manner that I have presented
it, but the concepts that are represented are true and time tested. Try
them all whole-heartedly for a month and see if they do not bring
results. If they do, consciously use them continually. Most often it
doesn't take long for the spouse to treat you the way you are treating
W – Woo your wife. Treat her like you did when you were
courting her. You won her heart then. You can do it again. Ask God’s
help in this endeavor.
E – Enable her to talk about the slights or hurts that have
and do occur in your marriage, whether they are imagined or real. Many
women do not realize that they do not forgive their spouse for the
slights or hurts, but instead carry them around with them. Each is a
nail in the coffin representing their marriage, with their spouse
inside. The more nails, the deader the marriage and her spouse to her.
One day they realize that there is nothing left and they don’t
understand what went wrong. This is when a divorce lawyer is consulted.
D – Date night! Friday nights for many is date night. It is
important to do something with your spouse at least weekly. It is also
important to really listen to her every day. Listen to her as if she is
someone very important, because she is. See my article,
D – Everyone has disagreements with their spouse. See how to
work with these so they do not become nails in the coffin of your
marriage. See my related articles:
I – “I Statements” Both of you should use “I Statements” to
tell each other how you feel. See my article,
Communicating with "I" Messages.
N – Nothing! Nothing should be more important to you than your
spouse; save it is God, himself. Help your spouse understand that
nothing comes before her in your life; not your job, sports, or others.
Keep this thought utmost in your mind and heart as you make decisions,
speak to her, and in your actions. Act as if there is nothing more
precious than your relationship, even if you do not feel that way at
this time. Fake it ‘til you make it!
G – Go to God! Have couples prayer morning and night. Talk to God
about your relationship and the things that are you are both facing that
day. Ask for insight, wisdom and help to face those challenges. At night
both kneel and thank God for his help. I have not known of a woman yet
that has not had her heart touched when she hears her husband pleading
to God in her behalf. Take turns praying. One day is yours the next day