You both need to be committed to making this work. You made promises to each other when you were married, promises that you should both be determined to keep even if you are separated for the time being.
Your spouse may have become casual about your relationship as the days and months have passed, but don’t you get discouraged! And please don't even think about giving up! YOU can take the lead and choose to be intentional about nurturing your marriage (which will probably motivate your spouse to make more of an effort to stay close to you!), and you can start today. Don’t be discouraged. Don’t lose hope. You can do this!
When our first son was just sixteen-months-old, Aaron had an extended work trip in Moscow, Russia, for one month. It was long. It was hard. And we learned a lot. In fact, we became closer as a couple and came to understand each other in deeper ways than we previously had. Although we weren’t apart for as long as many of you may be, we feel like these suggestions may help you nurture your marriage - even from a distance.
(Due to the varying situations of those apart, all of these may not be available all of the time.)
Be Fiercely Loyal to Each Other
Work on Being your Very Best Self
Give Each Other Wings to Fly
We get it, long distance relationships are tough. However, while the situation may not be ideal, it really can be as positive or negative an experience as you make it. So, choose today to be intentional about making this a positive experience (which doesn't mean it will be easy).
You will be amazed at how the closeness between you and your spouse grows, how love flourishes, and how your marriage comes alive again as you conquer a difficult challenge together. As you practice some of these ideas, you'll both be strengthened through this experience, and even though you wouldn't want to do it again, you'll be grateful for all that you learned.
"What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are, but how you deal with incompatibility."
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