Of all the qualities Solomon tells us to hang on fiercely to, he emphasizes love and faithfulness. “Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.” (Proverbs 3:3) Of all the qualities I hope for with couples, love and faithfulness are perhaps two of the greatest. If you wish for a long, loving marriage, hang on fiercely to love and faithfulness.

Dr. David Hawkins is the director of the Marriage Recover Center where he counsels couples in distress. He is the author of over 30 books, including Dealing With the CrazyMakers in Your Life90 Days to a Fantastic Marriage, and Saying It So He'll Listen. Dr. Hawkins grew up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and lives with his wife on the South Puget Sound where he enjoys sailing, biking, and skiing. He has active practices in two Washington cities.