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National Marriage Week designed to strengthen bonds

Pamela-King 600National Marriage Week (Feb 7-14) is a collaborative campaign to strengthen individual marriages, reduce the divorce rate and build a stronger marriage culture. Over the last decade, 41 percent of births occurred out of wedlock, more are opting to cohabitate and the number of divorces is steadily increasing. National Marriage Week is a great time for couples to reassess, refresh and renew their commitment to their marriages.

Marriages need consistency, commitment and connection to grow and flourish. Marriage is an interactive institution that unites two to become one. To achieve a successful marriage, the husband and wife must be 100 percent engaged in the marriage daily.

You made the commitment to pour into your marriage the tenacity and energy needed to make your marriage and spouse top priority in your life. It's imperative that you learn how to keep your spouse happy, healthy, and satisfied. This is an ongoing process that must be nourished regularly.

he National Marriage Week initiative is to help couples revisit the needs of their spouse and marriage in order to make daily love deposits to build a healthy marriage. Your marriage is a gift not just for you, but also for your spouse, your kids and the community. Your children gain emotional security and innumerable benefits from your positive healthy marriage. Your positive union will influence your extended family and friends. Healthy successful marriages are the glue that builds healthy and successful communities.

To maintain the connection, commitment and consistency in marriage, regular dates of quality time must be implemented and executed. Regular periods of dating allow the couple to reconnect and slip away from everyday life. Life keeps us so busy that we negate the importance of just slowing down and enjoying time with our spouse. When we roll at 100 percent speed day in and day out, our marriage will falter.

Every married couple should have a regular day that they spend together without distractions. Dating each other will give you the opportunity to talk, bond and build intimacy. The true purpose of dating is to learn more about your spouse.

During National Marriage Week, recommit to instituting a regular date schedule. In knowing how busy our days are we must be proactive in scheduling time to spend with our spouse. Dating your spouse doesn't have to be expensive or elaborate. It just must happen.

(Pamela King – a wife, mother, sister, daughter and aunt – ministers to married couples through Still Dating My Spouse (SDMS), which builds on the idea of continuous dating throughout marriage. SDMS is on Twitter and Facebook.)

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