Better Together – a 52-week marriage journal

A couple of years ago, we realized the importance of coming together on a weekly basis to prepare for the upcoming week, share concerns and struggles with each other, and to affirm each other. So we wanted to create a simple and tangible way for married couples to connect every single week.

Enter: a 52-week marriage journal. Now before you tell me, “But I don’t like to journal!” Just wait. It’s not one of those journals where you write paragraphs and paragraphs. Each week, you’ll simply write down the following:

  • what you’re thankful for
  • prayer intentions for that week
  • 3 things you need to accomplish together
  • how you will make your marriage a priority
  • a short note of encouragement to each other

That’s it! 5 simple ways to connect with each other other. Also included is a different Scripture verse (or verses) each week to read together and memorize if you’d like. See the slideshow below for a little peek:

 

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There are also a few “extra” pages, like a quarterly check-in page every 3 months, so you can evaluate how things are going. Other extras include:

  • an anniversary page
  • a date night bucket list
  • pages to write the Scripture of the week
  • extra pages to write notes to each other

 

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The PDF file is 67 pages, so I recommend printing the pages you want to use (you don’t have to use the extras!), hole punching, and then putting them in a binder. That way, you can cut up the extra notes and Scripture pages and put them in the binder pockets to grab when you need one!

You can start using the journal at any time because we leave the date blank. So if you skip a week, you can still continue using the journal…and you can print it out again every single year! We hope it’s helpful. 🙂

$10

 

 

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My favorite marriage books I read this year (2018)

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In case you didn’t know, I’m an avid reader. And I try really hard to read books in different genres! So while I’ve read over 40 books this year, a good portion of those were marriage books. (We could say 2018 was the year I read too many marriage books…)

In no particular order, I give you my favorites:

 

Praying for (and With) Your Spouse: The Way to Deeper Love by Dr. Greg and Lisa Popcak

Logan and I have been meaning to do a video about this book since we’ve read it together over the summer. Even though we’ve been praying together since before we were married, we still gained a lot of insights from this and it’ll probably be a book we refer to again from time to time. (There was a chapter on praying through difficult times, a chapter on praying through decisions, etc.) This would be really helpful for couples who haven’t prayed together before or haven’t been consistent about it.

 

By Love Refined: Letters to a Young Bride by Alice von Hildebrand

I don’t know why I had not read this before now! It came highly recommended, and now I can’t recommend it enough. Every woman should read this, preferably in the first year or two of marriage! It’s one of those easy reads that is good to pick up every now and then for a refresher.

 

Forever: A Catholic Devotional for Your Marriage by Jackie Francois Angel and Bobby Angel

Logan and I read this together during Lent because it’s a 6-week devotional. Most days only took 5 minutes, which we usually did at night before bed. It focuses on Theology of the Body and we had some great takeaways….one being inspired to hang a crucifix above our bed. Because, sacrificial love. Highly recommend this one to married couples! (And you don’t need to be Catholic to read it!)

 

The First Society: The Sacrament of Matrimony and the Restoration of the Social Order by Scott Hahn

This book really inspired me (even more) to focus on the sacramentality of marriage and the importance of all sacraments as a part of our daily lives. I really had a bunch of epiphanies reading this, like God creating the marriage of Adam and Eve as the first relationship on earth because marriage is the foundation of society. Our society is failing because marriage is failing! I could go on and on but you should just read it, even if you’re not married.

 

The Temperament God Gave Your Spouse by Art and Laraine Bennett

Learning about temperaments has been such a game-changer for our marriage! I’ve read the original temperament book and the one about children and wondered if I needed to read this one too, but I ended up really liking the specific examples given for married couples.

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So there you have it! I challenge you to pick one marriage book to read in 2019, because a little does go a long way. 🙂

And in case you’re curious, these are the marriage books I plan on reading in 2019:

  • The Catholic Church Saved My Marriage by Dr. David Anders
  • Amazing Grace for Married Couples: 12 Life-Changing Stories of Renewed Love by Jeff Cavins, Matthew Pinto, and Patti Armstrong

  • Three Secrets to Holiness in Marriage: A 33-Day Self-Guided Retreat for Catholic Couples by Dan and Amber Dematte (Logan and I will be reading this one together)

Did you read any marriage books this year? Which one was your favorite?

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