One of the biggest areas of our life that pays the price when the journey becomes difficult, is our marriage. How do you maintain health when you’re constantly on overload and maxed out?
We weren’t prepared for the toll that foster care would take on our marriage when we first began the journey 13 years ago. There we sat, in our empty living room, looking at one another as if we were acquaintances and not life partners. We were tired, defeated, frustrated, and drained of all energy. We weren’t prepared for some of the special needs that some of our children had. Because we loved them deeply, we were pouring every ounce of emotional and spiritual energy we had into them.
But what about us? How could we keep our marriage together at this pace? It’s a question that many married couples wonder when the journey gets difficult. On today’s episode of Honestly Speaking, Mike and Matt talk about some practical steps foster and adoptive parents can take to ensure their marriages can weather the storm.
Listen To The Show.
Resources and Links.
Here are some great resources we recommend for couples on the journey, who want to keep their marriage on track and healthy..
- The 7 Rings Of Marriage book: Our good friend Jackie Bledsoe penned this awesome book and we recommend it to all couples, but particularly those of you who are in the trenches of foster care and adoption. Click here to get the book now.
- 5 Ways Foster Care Can Destroy A Healthy Marriage: I wrote this blog post awhile back as a way to honestly share how the journey can take a toll on a healthy marriage. But, I give you some practical steps to work through that too. Click here to read the post.
- 4 Reasons The Health Of Your Marriage Must Come Before Your Children: This is our most recent marriage post on some reasons you need to keep a strong focus on what began this whole journey- the two of you! Click here to read the post.
[reminder]Are you struggling with your marriage on the journey of foster care and adoption? Share your story with us in the comment section below.[/reminder]