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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The 50 Fridays Marriage Challenge

What will your marriage be like on your fiftieth anniversary?

What will we look like? Will there be more wrinkles? A few more pounds? What color hair? Will I even have hair?

If we ever do stop and think about what our marriage will be like at fifty years, we all too often think only about the external - the physical. But the truth is, there's a far more important question to ponder: Should the Lord allow us to make it to fifty years of marriage, what will we be like at our fiftieth anniversary?

In other words... will we finish strong?

Will we be thriving? Or will we be surviving?

Will we be enjoying an intimate and connected marriage? Or will we be two strangers living in the same home?

Will we intentionally be wise in how we spend our days? Or will we foolishly let the months and years pass by?

When we first start out on our marriage adventure, it seems that we have forever ahead of us. And then, life happens. Babies come along. Career paths change. School starts. Finances get tight. And before you know it, life is going faster than you realize.

In the midst of all of this, many couples become passive in their approach to their marriage and wake up one day wondering what went wrong. They operate their marriages in what we call default mode: things happen without planning or intentionality or effort. Instead of default mode, we need a proactive approach for our marriages to grow. There has to be a plan. The old adage is right: Fail to plan, plan to fail.

One of the struggles most couples have is finding the time each week to commit to one another. Many insist that the time isn't there. How much time do you spend, watching television, working extra hours, going to the movies, working on a committee, reading, talking to friends, watching or participating in sports, shopping for fun, doing your favorite hobby, playing on the computer, doing volunteer work, or even attending or running church activities?

If you're looking for a unique challenge that will have you both working on your marriage in making it truly better than you ever dreamed possible, then consider picking up a copy of The 50 Fridays Marriage Challenge by authors Jeff and Lora Helton. The challenge is simple and fun. Each week as a couple, you will spend a few minutes answering one question that has been designed to help you have open and honest conversation as you connect with and enjoy each other. Some weeks you will laugh as you travel down memory lane together. Some weeks you'll be challenged as you evaluate different aspects of your marriage. And other weeks you will dream and plan for what the future can become. The goal of this book is to create a tool for a happy couple to create ongoing closeness, and a newly married couple a unique way to know each other deeply. This novel even adds some bonus challenges geared just for special holidays like Valentine's Day or Christmas.

I received The 50 Fridays Marriage Challenge by Jeff and Lora Helton compliments of Howard Books, a division of Simon and Schuster Publishers for my honest review and did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review. Since I am a huge advocate for finding great tools like this book to enhance my own marriage, I can highly recommend this one. Both of us often used the same excuses that would virtually leave us wondering if we would ever have time for us, until our children were grown and out on their own. But we don't have to wait. We can be that perfect role model in our own family for what our children can view as an ideal marriage. This book enables you to reconnect in new ways and the questions are a great eye opener into areas you may never had considered exploring in your marriage. This is a perfect book for newly married couples as well as seasoned veterans like we are. I easily rate this one a 4.5 out of 5 stars and look forward to exploring and enriching my own marriage through the process.

For more information about The 50 Fridays Marriage Challenge, Jeff and Lora Helton or where you can pick up a copy of this book today, please click on the links below:

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Howard Books; Original edition (September 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476705003
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476705002
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches

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