Have you ever noticed that during your most stressful seasons, you tend to neglect your closest relationships? Big changes like moving to a new city or job can mess with daily routines in the worst of ways, and we leave our marriages on the back burner. An unplanned illness, injury, or problem with a child can turn life upside down, and our relationships suffer because we’re struggling just to make it through the day.
My husband and I have experienced our share of stressful times during 23 years of marriage, and we’ve gone through seasons where stress caused us to either drift apart or constantly be at each other’s throats. Like our recent trans-Atlantic move back to America. After weeks of sorting, packing, cleaning, and saying goodbye to friends, we finally got on a plane and breathed a sigh of relief. We figured we’d finally get a few days to rest.
Instead, a nagging shoulder pain became severe during the flight and landed me in the emergency room on our first day back. Although we’d planned a week to rest and recover, we ended up spending that week making phone calls, filling out paperwork, and going to doctors. All while jet lagged.
One thing encouraged me. I realized we’ve gradually gotten better at navigating hectic seasons as a couple. Here’s what we’re still learning after 23 years of going through both happy and stressful times together...
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