Being present in your marriage means so much more than just being home every night for dinner. It means more than just sleeping in the same bed, attending the same functions, and helping with household duties.

Being present is listening, processing, and responding attentively in real-time. Responses can then be centered on what is actually going on at the time and what is most needed in the moment by your partner.

Being present is more than just paying attention. Being present requires that a couple genuinely be tuned-in to what is being said and to what is going on. Being present allows room for a fresh interpretation of otherwise familiar statements or situations based upon newly relevant information.

Being present with another takes extra time and a concerted effort. Always competing for our attention are the countless distractions and interruptions that occur throughout our day. But this approach to being attentive to your spouse will pay off big time as you become more sensitive and supportive.

Staying present with one another is one sure-fire way for a couple to accurately, consistently hear and respond to one another appropriately.

Being present is more than just paying attention. Being present requires that a couple genuinely be tuned-in to what is being said and to what is going on.

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Some things to do for the week

Day 2: Reflect on the message and scripture reading; journal if you like
Day 3: Pray for or meditate on what you think you need
Day 4: Discuss the message and scripture with your spouse
Day 5: Plan how you can best respond to the message
Day 6: Rest; don’t think about the message or the scripture; listen in the stillness
Day 7: Recommit yourself to your marriage

Applicable scripture listed under Discussion References.