Lessons From the First Year of Marriage With Donny Bender – 031

One year of marriage has taught us much, but we have much more to learn.

I invited my husband back to reflect on our first year of marriage. We share what we’ve learned about God, each other and ourselves admitting where we feel strong as a couple and some areas we know we should work on. We discuss our “redeemed family”, challenges of co-parenting, practical ways we try to keep faith central in our family and what’s in each other’s 30%. If you heard D in episode 002, you know what that means. If not, go back and listen to that, first! ? 

You’re getting an inside peek into our imperfect marriage, with hopes you can glean some fresh ideas and encouragement for yours, too.

“A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.”
– Mignon McLaughlin

I mentioned a couple previous episodes:
His Side of Our Story With Donny Bender – 002
Bold in the Bedroom—Tips for Great Married Sex With Dan Purcell – 030

Are you a wife, or one day hope to be? Now is the time to start #prayingforyourhusbanddaily. This is a great way to continue to invest in your marriage. Here’s why you should jump in with this habit!

Word of the show:

sardonically [ sahr-don-ik-lee ] adverb

In a way that is characterized by bitter or scornful derision; mockingly:

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