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Dealing with A Difficult Spouse. Whether a spouse is perceived as difficult or they are actually difficult we need to arm ourselves with what to do. It also becomes a handy tool in helping others who are going through difficulty in their marriage.

We are to be reminded that the standard in our marriage is that of being Christ-like.

The same principle is used to solve little issues as well as big issues in marriage. Marriage is supposed to be till death do us part and we should not see divorce as an easy way out. 

We are therefore to equip ourselves with tools to enable us to cope and manage in times of crisis.

Note that these steps do not exclude seeking and going for counseling (professional intervention) and seeking therapy for more difficult issues like infidelity, abuse of any kind, etc

Dealing with A Difficult Spouse.

The seven steps are:

1. Prayers

Please don’t underestimate the power of prayers. By prayers, I don’t mean complaining. There are principles in prayers. Don’t complain about your spouse to God, pray about and for him/her.

Prayer changes you, changes the atmosphere in the marriage, and changes your spouse. Our prayer has to be done in faith. We are to align our thoughts, actions, and words with our prayers. Don’t pray for your spouse and then nullify the prayers by talking evil of your spouse. Don’t talk about the situation, talk about the solution. Receive wisdom from God and walk in that wisdom.

2. Patience

You need patience. We obtain the promise (of a better marriage) by faith and patience. Sometimes it takes time before what we pray for manifests in the physical. Be patient and have a good attitude while at it. You will feel like giving up, don’t. If you give up, you give up too soon.

3. Perspective

You may just need to change the way you view the situation. What may be causing you sleepless nights may be solved by changing your perspective. If you will just show a little empathy. Try to be understanding. For example, if your spouse is frigid, don’t just scream at her. Understand and help her through the fact that she had been abused sexually. Understand your spouse’s background, and personality and use that to evaluate the issue.

4. Praise

When your spouse is being difficult, don’t throw away the baby with the bath water. There are still some good qualities in them. Focus on their good and praise them for those good virtues. The truth is that when we are having issues with our spouse we tend to see their weaknesses. Don’t yield to the temptation of complaining and nagging about their weaknesses.

These are four of the steps in Dealing with A Difficult Spouse. I will continue tomorrow by God’s grace.

Your marriage will thrive

CONFESSION FOR THE DAY
My marriage will work. I give myself to the study of God’s word to know what to do. I have wisdom

PRAYERS FOR THE DAY
Father give me your wisdom and strength to navigate this times 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
And now let me speak to the wives. Be devoted to your own husbands, so that even if some of them do not obey the Word of God, your kind conduct may win them over without you saying a thing. For when they observe your pure, godly life before God, it will impact them deeply.  1 Peter 3:1 – 2 TPT 

ACTION PLAN FOR THE DAY
Follow the steps to dealing with your spouse whenever he/she is proving difficult

BIBLE READING FOR THE DAY
1 Pet 3

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