Monday, July 14, 2014

Marriage Post: Communication

Continuing with our weekly theme of marriage. We will briefly discuss communication. Once again this material comes from The Marriage Book by Nicky and Sila Lee.

Communication is key to a healthy marriage. I once was at a buddies horse shoe tournament and met a dude that married a gal from Japan. She spoke very little English, and he spoke no Japanese.... nor did he plan to! Boggles the mind doesn't it? How do they communicate? Lisa and I have a hard enough time communicating and we both speak English!

"Seek first to understand, than be understood"-- Steven Covey

5 Bad Habits to avoid in communicating:
1. Reassuring
2. Giving Advice
3. Intellectualizing
4. Going off on a tangent
5. Interrupting 

I bet you can easily identify the ones your spouse does! But which ones are you guilty of? Lets try an exercise. 
Next time your spouse comes to you with an issue
1. Listen
2. Repeat what they said : "So you\re telling me..."
3. Ask if you missed anything
4. Ask if there is anything more they want to say about it

God bless

Morgan, Lisa, Samuel

PS Lisa will post an update later this week.

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